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Why is the word Love used as a score for Tennis?

I have never understood this form of scoring. What is the origin of this score "title".
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What do all these Runners Lingo abbreviations like PR and HR mean?

In other running related question there is often made use of abbreviations like PB, PR, HR, VO2 etc. I know what PB means (Personal Best), but what do the others mean and what other examples are ...
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Why is American football called football?

Why is American football called "football" even though the players play with their hands more than their feet? It seems to be very similar to rugby, and doesn't have the name "American Rugby". What ...
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What is the difference between a strong safety and a free safety?

There are two distinct labels for a "safety" in football: strong (SS) and free (FS). Ed Reed (FS) and Troy Polamalu (SS) were two of the premier players in the NFL "in the safety position" during ...
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What does the 'B' (or bonus) mean on a basketball scoreboard?

I was looking at pictures of scoreboards today, and I noticed that some of them have 'B's on the boards: The same thing appears on NBA games, often in the broadcast scoreboard as well: I've never ...
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What language do Belgian football players use to communicate between themselves?

Belgium is a country with three official languages (Dutch, French and German), all of which are used in practice by significant portions of the population, largely divided by geography. Of course, ...
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Why do football players say “Oskie” after an interception?

When I was learning to play football in the backyard as a child, my family would always say "Oskie" after the quarterback threw an interception. I always thought that it was just some sort of family ...
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Why are left arm spinners called differently?

Right arm spinners are either off spinners or leg spinners. But left arm spinners are refered to as chinaman and orthodox. They are never refered to as off spinners or leg spinners. Why are left arm ...
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Why is Cricket called Cricket? [closed]

My daughter and I were playing softball and on the next field were a bunch of guys playing cricket. She asked me Why is Cricket called Cricket? I had no idea and figured this was a good place to ...
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In European Football, what exactly is a release clause?

Often times during the transfer window, the term "release clause" is thrown around. What does this mean? For example, say a player has a 40 million euro release clause, and a team bids 40,000,001 for ...
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Why is the player in the middle of I-formation called the fullback?

From the names of the positions, I would assume that in an I-formation the order (from front to back) would be quarterback, halfback, then fullback. This Image of the I-Form shows the fullback in ...
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Origin of the term “Heavy Ball”?

I have often heard commentators describe particular bowlers as having a "heavy ball". By context, this seems to refer to a fast bowler being able to bowl a delivery that seems to impact the bat with ...
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What does ND abbreviation stand for in athletics results

I saw this abbreviation (ND) in jumps result at a local championship. What does this stand for? I am guessing something like did not meet the minimum length but would like to be sure.
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What is the difference between Doosra and Teesra?

What is the basic difference between Doosra and Teesra? I know off-spinner bowls the other one which is called Doosra but what is Teesra and how is it different to Doosra?
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“Pressing high” in football (aka “soccer”)

I've heard the term "press high" repeatedly while watching the World Cup. What does it mean? Do teams that press high generally enjoy more possession or less?
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What is seedings in grouping the teams in cricket?

I've noticed in the T20 World Cup 2012, that India, Pakistan, Australia and South Africa were placed in the same group for the Super8 stage. All these teams have won all the league matches in the ...
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Difference between medium fast and fast medium bowler?

What exactly is the difference between a medium fast bowler and a fast medium bowler? At first they seem like they have no difference at all but then, you hear commentators and experts talk about a ...
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What is the difference between a manager and a coach in case of a soccer team?

What is the difference between a manager and a coach in case of a soccer team? These two terms are used frequently and interchangeably.
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Who are the “Olympic Athletes from Russia”?

Who are the "Olympic Athletes from Russia"? I was watching the 2018 Winter Olympics and saw "Olympic Athletes from Russia." Why isn't this done for other countries such as "Olympic Athletes from the ...
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What is an NBA Rodeo Road Trip?

Recently I have heard sports broadcasters referring to the San Antonio Spurs as being on a "Nine Game Rodeo Road Trip", but I'm not sure what that term means or where it came from. The Spurs are on a ...
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What is a “Bogey Competition”?

In my golf diary, there's a "Bogey Competition" to be held next weekend. What is a "Bogey Competition"?
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Why was USA disqualified from the 4x100 men's relay final in the Rio Olympics?

After the mens 4x100 relay final races in Rio on August the 19th the commentators said they exchanged the baton outside the box. What does that mean?
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What is the difference between swing and seam bowling?

I could not understand the difference between these two. What is the difference between swing bowling and seam bowling? How does both differ? Can a swing bowler do seam bowling too?
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What is the difference between googly and doosra spin?

I can see some of the spin bowlers bowl googly and some bowl doosra in international cricket matches. What is the basic difference between googly and doosra spin? How they differ from each other?
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What does the superscript used in tennis scores mean?

In the score below, what do the 7 and 4 superscripts mean in the first set?
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Consensus on the goalie 'hole' numbering in Hockey?

In ice hockey, it seems fairly well agreed upon that there are 5 main 'holes' to aim for when shooting on the net. Upper left, lower left, upper right, lower right, and between the goalie's legs. ...
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What is this skill move performed by Neymar called?

In the following video, Neymar does a double step-over from a dead stop by adding a touch, finishing with a body feint. What is this skill move called?
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What's the etymology of the term Red Zone?

I know what the Red Zone is. My interest is the etymology of the word. I'm not sure of the first time I heard it or if they even used it when I was kid growing up in Oakland during the 70's. ...
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What is the Spider 2 Y Banana?

In a Jon Gruden interview on ESPN, he calls a play Spider 2 Y Banana. I have no idea what to make of this. What do the words even reference, and what do they mean?
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The difference between top goalscorer and golden boot winner

My bookmaker has prices for the golden boot winner and the top tournament goal scorer in the World Cup. What is the difference between the two awards?
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What does “corrected time” mean in Formula 1?

I was watching an old formula one race (Imola, 1994 to be specific). At some point, Michael Schumacher was behind Gerhard Berger on the track. But the race narrator said that due to this "corrected ...
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What is a team basket in basketball?

I was watching the Syracuse-Virginia Elite 8 game today and a player on Virginia tipped the ball into his own basket. The announcers mentioned the points would likely be credited to Syracuse player ...
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What does the shortcut JE used in tennis drawsheets mean?

I have noticed a shortcut JE in drawsheets of some tennis tournaments. For example, it is used here (for Taylor Towsend) or here (for Kateřina Siniaková). What does this shortcut mean?
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What is it called when 2 players make a full run around a table in table tennis?

In modern table tennis it is a common practice to acting the fool when the match is almost over. I.e. players used to flip the side and play a little bit awkward analogue of table tennis when you need ...
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What does “ripper” mean in cricket?

I have seen the below context "Ishant Sharma removed Shane Watson with a ripper" in Cricinfo. What does "ripper" mean in the cricket?
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What is an inverted winger?

I am an american, and I'm new to watching professional soccer. Sometimes I've heard the term 'inverted winger', while paying close attention to context, I cannot make out what it means.
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Are the NBA champions called World champions? Why is that?

When an NBA team wins the championship, they are called world champions. How did that come about?
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NFL broadcast info---HS or college affiliation? What does that mean?

When a professional football player introduces himself and states his college affiliation, must that player have graduated from that college or does 3 years allow for him to declare that school ...
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In North American football, why are 2 of the 5 offensive linemen called “tackles”?

In North American football, why are 2 of the offensive linemen referred to as "offensive tackles"? I mean, 1) they're not allowed, under the rules, to tackle anyone, and 2) there is no equivalent ...
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What's a twizzle?

My wife's made me watch a lot of ice dancing in the past, and have no recollection of any reference to a "twizzle". This year, it seems like it's standard jargon that any enthusiast should know. ...
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How can one team “own” another team's first-round pick?

For instance, the byline to this Bleacher Report article reads "The Cleveland Cavaliers own the Brooklyn Nets' first-round pick in the 2018 NBA draft." How can one team own another team's first-round ...
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What does it mean that “a group is open” on the first pot of the CL group draw?

I know what a group being open means in the later parts of a group draw, normally teams of the same country cannot play in the same group. But I find it very peculiar on the first pot, in other words ...
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What is a block in volleyball?

What exactly constitutes as a block in volleyball? Let's say if it's an overpass by the opposing team and a blocker tips it down (with two hands) but the opposing team still returns it. Is it a block? ...
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What type of bowlers are these?

In cricket commentary, some bowlers are called 'chinaman bowlers' and some 'orthodox bowlers'. What type of bowlers are these?
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What is ball tampering in cricket?

What is "ball tampering" in cricket? How can we say ball is tampered? Any punishments for tampering? Can somebody list the name of players who were punished?
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What is a protected pick?

In a trade, one NBA team can give to the other a protected pick (I heard of this concept reading about the alleged details of the DeMarcus Cousins trade from Sacramento Kings to New Orleans Pelicans). ...
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What is a healthy scratch?

NHL announcers constantly mention it, and I've seen some news articles online referring to players who used to be / are a healthy scratch. What is a healthy scratch? I didn't find anything on Google'...
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First Service & First Service won

Can anyone tell what is the difference between these two stats, First Service & First Service won? I am confused about these 2 statistics.
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Why isn't the term “hat trick” used in American Football?

Hat trick is commonly used in association football and hockey when a player scores three goals in a match or game. Given that association football and American football have similar roots, I would ...
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What is “Carry the bat” in Cricket?

I have heard the terminology "Carry the bat" in Cricket. What does it mean? When it is used?