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Basketball and rebound [closed]

In basketball, why is a rebound simply not just called a bounce, ball bounce, or re-bounce? What exactly is a rebound? Also, why is a date with someone used to forget another date simply also called a ...
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In American Football, why are fullbacks called such if they aren't all the way back from the OLine?

Maybe this question is outdated for modern football so I can delete if needed but why is the fullback called a fullback when they aren't all the way back from the O-line? I don't have a source on me ...
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What does Home Runs Allowed mean?

I am reading an article about data science which uses some baseball statistics as an example. In it, there is the following phrase: we hypothesize that the number of wins can be predicted by the ...
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What does “WB” and “OB” mean for the decathlon?

I only caught this during yesterday's Olympic broadcast. For the men's decathlon, for the 1500m event, it showed in the upper left of the screen: WB: 4 min and change OB: 4 min and change I'm ...
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Where do the terms “dead lift” and “dead row” come from?

Dead lifts and dead rows are basic moves we do with weights. I understand "lift" and "row", but why is the word "dead" used as an adjective?
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Why the change of the scrum verbal directions to “Crouch-Touch-Set”?

Since I've watched Rugby in the late 90's, the referee's verbal directions for the scrum have been either: Crouch-Pause-Engage or for the last several years: Crouch-Touch-Pause-Engage I was ...
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What is an advanced area in football (soccer) field?

In this article Tactical Theory: Vertical Build-Up Passing the author used the words advanced area for many times, for example Every team utilises different build-up patterns in order to move into ...
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Does bat tampering exist in cricket?

I have been going through this post when I stumbled across this doubt. Is there anything like bat tampering in cricket? I did a quick search through the Lords Laws of cricket, however, I haven't ...
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What does “swarm and stick” mean in American Football?

I found the phrase in the 2008 Swanton Bulldogs Defensive Line Manual: Relentless Pursuit of the Football. Swarm and Stick. And also at bobcatnation.com: EWU has stockpiled speed and young ...
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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 is “indrinking”

I popped into the middle of a conversation on the radio today. It was about the Dutch national football, about to play in the World Cup second round facing Mexico in Fortaleza. The conversation on the ...
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Left arm Leg Spinner - A term not used. Why?

Why is not a left arm bowler who turns the ball away from left-handed batsman not called a left arm leg spinner, just like the right arm leg spinner? A left arm bowler who turns the ball into the left ...
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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 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 does “double pump” mean in basketball?

Can anybody explain the meaning of "double-pump" in the following sentence: Grant sprinted down the court and had an opportunity to win the game at the buzzer, but Kentucky's swarming defense made ...
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Shouldn't they call it a fair pole?

I didn't find a dupe on this and it's an age old topic BUT.... Why do they call it a foul pole? Fly ball, hits the foul pole and it's a home run. That doesn't make any sense to me. So my ...
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What is “double universe point” in Ultimate Frisbee?

The sport of Ultimate has many strange terms. One of them is "universe point", capably explained here. But what is double universe point, apparently happening at the end of this game?
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Why do the Golden State Warriors call themselves dubnation?

The basketball team The Golden State Warriors call themselves dubnation. Why?
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What is the difference between “retired out” and “retired not out” in cricket?

I have seen the terms on scoreboard like: "retired out" or "retired not out". What does it mean and what is the different between there? Reference: Mohammad Hafeez was retired out in ICC Champions ...
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What is this piece of training equipment called?

What is this fake player cutout thing called? It appears to be mesh. It looks like it's used simply as a visual point-of-reference for certain drills. You can see it being used in this video.
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Why Umpire David Shepherd lifted one foot off the ground at nelson?

Beloved David Shepherd lifted one foot off the ground whenever the score reached 111 (or 222, 333 etc). I mean nelson is supposed to be bad omen for batsman so why He as an Umpire used to do that in a ...
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Strike rotation in cricket [duplicate]

If the batsman hits the ball to the keepers helmet which is placed behind the keeper,( which gives 5 runs,) for the last ball of the over then rotation of the strike involves or not?????
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Is there a technical name and rules for a double-touch in badminton?

Double-touch (at least that's what people call at my court) is when the shuttle touches the racket more than once in an instance. So, what are the rules regarding this? Does the point count? If not,...
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Rugby Union referee yells something like, ~“Use-Its”~?

Or something that sounds like that. A side has retained control of the ball after a ruck, and the ball is just laying there on the ground and the player is hunched over with his hands on the ball ...
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Is English the official language for international sport events?

There are specific languages official for every sports (i.e. soccer/cricketboxing) / sport events (olympics/world events/continental events)? I think the mostly used is English, but what about for ...
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In what sense is the term “pigeon” used in tennis

I have encountered the word pigeon in connection with tennis players, for example, have a look here, here or here. It seems to be a slang term - at least I did not find it in any news article. From ...
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What do all the climber-specific terms and slang mean?

I've been hearing a lot of words thrown around by climbers like "crimper", "gaston", "flag out", "whipper", "flapper", and others. What do these and the rest even mean? Could someone compile a list ...
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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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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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Does the maiden over includes extras?

Today, Malinga bowled an over with 4 leg-byes, but it was given a maiden over. Then I searched about that and got the details as, If a bowler delivers a complete over without a run being scored ...
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What is Umpire's Call in a DRS review? [duplicate]

This question is particularly about "Umpire's Call". The linked question doesn't provide any information about umpire call. When a decision is reviewed in the Decision Review System (DRS) we can ...
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What is the position rule in sports when multiple contestants are on the same previous position?

Assume you have two contestant on position 1. What is the position of the next contestant? 2 (2nd time/score) or 3 (2 better then him/her)? Is there a rule or sports law if a podium/classification ...
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What does “throw” mean in badminton?

I have often heard the term "throw" used in badminton. What does it mean a player loses a point because of a "throw"?
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What does it mean to 'turn pro' in a sport?

In tennis (and for golf too, I believe), players are said to turn pro after a few years of Challenger and lower-grade Tennis. What does the phrase mean?
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What is a league duck?

http://www.theguardian.com/football/2015/feb/10/liverpool-tottenham-hotspur-premier-league-match-report Liverpool’s Mario Balotelli breaks league duck to sink Tottenham Liverpool's Mario Balotelli ...
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In any form of ball game, is there a term for when a ball gets caught in the wind and changes the play or affects how the play ends?

So far I haven't had any luck trying to find an answer to this question, but I am not all that familiar with sports as a whole - only baseball, and Fly Rule doesn't seem to apply. A term from -any- ...
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better name for “set of downs”

Is there a more eloquent term for the set of downs from one first down to another? For example, 1st down, 2nd down, 1st down 2nd down 3rd down would be 2 "sets of downs". I'm looking for a better ...
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In baseball, what is the “inside corner”?

When I listen to baseball games, announcers will mention that pitches are on the inside corner. Presumably, the inside corner of the strike zone. What I don't understand is that the strike zone, to ...
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Why is it called a “payoff pitch”?

A pitch on a full count (3-2) is also known as a "payoff pitch". I assume it's because the at-bat usually ends there (pays off), but it seems to preclude a foul ball. In fact, i just heard "the ...
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Seattle Seahawks' Legion of Boom

I've heard commentators and analysts refer to Seattle Seahawks' defense as the "Legion of Boom". I believe they call the secondary that name, to be exact. What is the story behind this? When and how ...
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Can a hat-trick be separated by a maiden over?

In the game of cricket, if one bowler gets two wickets with the last two balls of one over, then in their next over bowl a maiden, and then in their third over take a wicket with the very first ball, ...
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What is meant by a natural hat trick in hockey?

While reading this article on NHL.com I noticed that they mentioned several times that Jori Lehtera recorded a natural hat trick. I assume they say natural hat trick to contrast it to another type of ...
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why is 2/222 called Richie benaud score?

I came to know 2/222 is called Richie Benaud score. Why is it so? Does it have anything to do with his commentary?
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what does “go down a break” mean?

http://www.newyorker.com/online/blogs/shouts/2013/09/federers-last-stand.html I'm not familiar with tennis so I don't know what he's talking about here with this. "goes down another break ?" A wild ...
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What does “bagel girl” mean in tennis?

I encountered term bagel girl in connection with a tennis player. I understood approximately the meaning of this term from the context, but could some clarify it in more detail? Is there also male ...
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Difference between “mark” and “performance”

The results on IAAF (International Association of Athletics Federations) are varying between mark and performance. What's the difference between them? An example can be found on an athlete’s profile. ...
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What does the batting strike rate signify?

If player has batting strike rate of 300 what does that mean? If bowler has strike rate of 20 then we say he has taken 20 balls to take a wicket. what can we say in case of batsmen?
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What is the difference between a regular defensive tackle and a nose tackle?

In American Football I sometimes hear the defensive tackle getting called the "nose tackle". I know that it has something to do with the 4-3 3-4 schemes but can somebody give me an explanation along ...
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Which word is used for 4 wickets in 4 balls? Question about 4 in 4 not multiple hat-trick [duplicate]

Which word is used when bowler takes 4 continuous wickets in 4 balls? (such as hat-rick for 3 wickets in 3 balls)
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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 ...