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Definition of positional terms (latitude/longitude) of basketball shots?

What does latitude, longitude, and x,y positions mean in basketball? These terms are from here, corresponding to 'lat', 'lon', 'loc_x', and 'loc_y'. I would appreciate an explanation in layman's ...
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What is the difference between chinaman and regular leg spin?

What is the difference between a chinaman bowler and a leg-spinner? The trajectories and direction of both the deliveries are the same. And why do they call it Left arm unorthodox spin? I can ...
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What are scrubbed tyres?

I'm reading Mark Webber's book and in it he says that during the the 2005 Belgian grand prix he was amazed that his team put him on new intermediate tyres instead of scrubbed tyres on a drying track. ...
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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 is a 5-point play in basketball?

I heard of how a 5-point play could be possible, but when I mentioned it people told me it's not possible -- and I can't remember how this would work.
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Why is Arabic an official langauage of the “Asian Football Confederation”

AFC has two official languages - English and Arabic. The official languages of the AFC shall be English and Arabic. In the event of any differences in any interpretation, the English text shall ...
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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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What's the English term for setter positions in volleyball?

When speaking about the positioning system in volleyball in German, we usually say the word "Läufer" (lit. "runner") and append the number, X, of the position of the setter, to refer to a certain ...
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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 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 is the name of this table tennis equipment?

What is the name of the board/wall/plank that keeps table tennis balls from running too far away from the table? In this image, it is the purple and red board/wall/plank around the playing area that ...
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What does this beach volleyball “hand motion” represent?

Was playing beach volleyball when the winning team's players started jokingly using their hands to symbolize sort of a mortar-and-pestle, with one hand grinding circularly in the other bowl-shaped one....
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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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Are there any languages where people use a different word for goal?

With the start of the World Cup today, I wanted to compile a list of how to say "goal" (event of scoring, not the target) in every language of the 2018 World Cup participating countries. As in many ...
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Please explain “they'll initiate out of a down screen”

It is about basketball play and I don't understand what 'out of a down screen' is. Could anybody explain it for me please? > they gonna start off with a pick-and-roll, and then they gonna start ...
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In basketball, what does 'two for fifteen' mean?

He was raggedy as... Went two for 15. Seven points. He finished with 16 points on six of 14. I guess it is about points, but I really don't understand what they mean. Could someone explain what ...
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Why is the Third Man fielding position in Cricket called “Third Man”?

As a cricket fan from India, I mostly know about everything there is to know about cricket. Except why a fielding position, Third Man, located behind the batsman on the right side(off side) near the ...
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Where does the term 'Castled' come from?

So you often hear when a bowler bowls a batsman that "he has castled him". Where does this term originate from and how has it come to be used in Cricket? I found an example in commentary. https://www....
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What is a “scoring position” in baseball?

I heard the other day the commentator said a player is in "scoring position" after running to the second base. What is a "scoring position" in baseball/MLB?
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What is the difference between ping pong and table tennis?

I'm reading on the internet that ping pong and table tennis are different things and one is considered a sport and the other is not. I honestly don't know if people are just making jokes or if the ...
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How to read an NFL “state of game” format

This is the current "state" of an NFL game. What does it mean? 3rd and 24 on SF 20 yd where SF is San Francisco
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What does “Final MON” mean in MLB Sunday games results?

I've seen F/10 MON and F/11 MON and Final MON written after game results in the banner across the bottom of the TV, in WMBA, MLB and MLS, What does MON mean? Google is giving me nothing. UPDATE: ...
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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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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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Is the convention for reporting football results universal?

In Britain (and throughout Europe and the football-playing world), it is the normal convention to state the name of the home team first and the away team second. So when the results are read out on ...
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When a football match goes to extra time, when is full time?

The events in a hypothetical football match are: 45 mins - half-time (score 1-1) 90 mins - end of normal time (score 2-2) 120 mins - after extra time (score 3-2) Would it be correct to say that ...
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What is the difference between a “friendly” and regular match in football?

What separates a "friendly match" from any other football match?
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How are stoppage time goals deduplicated from regulation time goals?

In football, goals can be scored in stoppage time, say the 46th minute of the first half, and also in the 46th minute of the game in the second half. Is there any way of differentiating / ...
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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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Counting random shots (foosball)

Is there a definition of foosball random shots? Do people track them somehow for fun as a "debt" as part of championship ladder?
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What is the history of the term “Alley-Oop”?

I realized I've been using the term for years but never realized that taken literally, it makes no sense. "Alley" - other than the word alley, I have no idea what this could refer to. "oop" - most ...
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What does this three-number notation mean in football?

What does 0-0-1 and 1-0-0 mean in this notation for two teams at a tournament? Germany (0-0-1, 0 points) vs. Sweden (1-0-0, 3 points)
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What is the difference between an arena and a stadium?

Russia is using several arenas and stadiums to host matches at the 2018 World Cup. What is the difference between an arena and a stadium?
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Abbreviations in a football league table - what do they mean?

League tables for football often use a series of abbreviations for their columns, like P, W, D, L, GS, GA, +/-, Pts. What do they all stand for?
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Under which scenarios are using the term “double-elimination game” appropriate? [closed]

We're having a friendly debate, and can't come to a conclusion on whether or not the final game of a series (game 7 world series, game 7 NBA championship...etc) is ever referred to as a "double-...
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What issues arise from spot fixing and match fixing in cricket and football?

What are spot fixing and match fixing in cricket and football, and what issues arise from such?
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What is the origin of the term 'on the hill' in pool?

In pool it is often said by the commentators that a player/team is "on the hill", or if the match goes to the last rack: a "hill-hill game". Where were these terms first coined, and by whom? The ...
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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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What constitutes a player as a rookie?

When is a player said to be a rookie in North American major league sports? My understanding is that a rookie is a player that is playing his first professional season. But for how long is that player ...
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What is the name of Pogba's body swerve played on Mustafi?

On 7 July 2016 during the match Germany-France for Euro 2016 at minute 72 Pogba has disoriented the defender Mustafi with a body move. I would like to know if this movement has a particular name? ...
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What is meant by a “fast outfield”?

They always say in commentary that the outfield is very fast? what does it exactly mean?
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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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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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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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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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Would the Copa del Rey change its name for a queen?

If a princess such as Leonor, Princess of Asturias succeeds to the Spanish throne, would the name of the Copa del Rey change to become the Copa de la Reina?
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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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Word for: player who's just helping field a team

Say you have a soccer team from a small high school, and only 14 students sign up to play. Now suppose several students twist their ankle or for some other reason aren't able to play. Now you have ...
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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 is a “Bogey Competition”?

In my golf diary, there's a "Bogey Competition" to be held next weekend. What is a "Bogey Competition"?