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What is the reason Men play 5 sets & Women play 3 sets in a Grand Slam in Tennis?

In the ATP & WTA events, both Men & Women tennis players play best of 3 sets. But when it comes to Grand Slams, the Men play 5 sets. At the risk of sounding a misogynist, I always believe the ...
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Why don't any USA professional leagues use promotion/relegation?

Promotion/relegation is a competition format that is often used in many countries for professional leagues as a way to have many teams participate and yet not dilute the top level of play, by only ...
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How do tennis players get into tournaments?

In tennis, I know there are multiple ways to enter a tournament (if there are more, I've never heard of them): direct entry wildcard qualifying How does a player get in using these methods? I'm ...
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Rules for Orange and Purple Caps in IPL

In IPL, Orange and Purple caps are awarded to the highest run scorer and highest wicket taker. I have three questions on this topic. If more than one player has equal stats (highest runs or wickets),...
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Are there any size limits on the squad size for international cricket match series?

I often see the cricket team squads for a tournament/series contain 15 players. From those 15, playing eleven would be sorted for each match. But, for the India's tour of South Africa 2013, Indian ...
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Why is there no ATP Masters series 1000 event on grass courts?

The ATP Masters series 1000 is the premier event in Men's tennis after the 4 Grand Slams. 1000 signifies the ranking points earned by the winner. There are a total of 9 Masters 1000 events throughout ...
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Who was the quickest player in the English Premier League in 2014?

There are some rapid players in the premier league but who is the quickest as of now (2014)? And how fast are they?
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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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How can a top seed in a tennis tournament be a qualifier?

I have noticed in this tournament (it is ITF Futures level) that the player, who is No. 1 seed in the main draw, also played qualification. (It shows that he was given wild card for qualifying.) How ...
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Why Mumbai is considered as a state in Ranji Trophy(Indian Domestic Cricket)

I know Railway, Services play as a state in Ranji Trophy. But why Mumbai is considered as an individual team or state though Maharashtra plays in Ranji Trophy?
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FIFA Club World Cup

I'm confused about the FIFA Club World Cup. Does the FIFA Club World Cup have any relation whatsoever to the actual World Cup, or is it a completely unrelated competition? (e.g. does the outcome of ...
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How are the age restrictions followed by ICC for under 19 cricket tournaments?

I have some doubts under this topic, Can a player aged 19 play under 19 international cricket match? (Since 19 is not under 19) Consider a player having birthday during the series/tournament. How the ...
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How does a double elimination bracket work?

I know that a double elimination bracket operates like two single eliminations: there is a "winners" upper bracket and a "losers" lower bracket. My requirements I need a logic for the Losers bracket ...
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Seeding for Round 1 in NCAA basketball tournament

In the "field of 65" style tournament bracket, there were two 16-seeds (presumably the weakest teams) that had a play-in game in order to play the overall #1 seed. When they expanded to 68, it's now ...
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When can a team gain a bonus point in the Asia Cup?

Pakistan gained a bonus point after defeating Afghanistan by 72 runs. They had mentioned during the match that Pakistan could earn a bonus point if they stop Afghanistan to score 198 runs. - ...
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What is the motivation behind using the 2-3-2 (vs. 2-2-1-1-1) series format for the NBA Finals?

Each conference round in the NBA playoffs is a best-of-seven series played in a 2-2-1-1-1 format...or the team with home-court advantage hosts games 1, 2, 5, and 7 while their opponent hosts games 3, ...
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Do tennis players require the permission of their country to participate in tournaments?

Do tennis players need the permission of the governing body of tennis in their respective countries to participate in Grand slams and open competitions? Are the players under the jurisdiction of these ...
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How do I schedule 12 teams in a championship where 3-4 teams play at the same time in a round, while allowing 1 loss to still be the champion?

I have a game where there are 12 teams. One round is where 3-4 teams play at the same time and only one team wins. I'm looking for how to put a schedule for all the rounds needed to determine the ...
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When does a Barclays Premier League season start and end?

I am getting more and more into football (soccer, here in the United States) and I was wondering what the season schedule is for the Barclays Premier League regular season. Is it more aligned to ...
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Is this custom table tennis ladder fair?

I am going to run/administer a table tennis ladder in the department and have been reading a bit on different ladder systems. I have read the suggestions on a relevant question but, with all due ...
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Why the IPL teams don't have any English cricketers?

I can't see any England cricketers playing in this IPL season(2014). The only England cricketer playing in this IPL is Kevin Pietersen who was axed by England Cricket Board. What is the reason for ...
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Has there been an “eventless” English Premier League game?

Has there ever been a game in the English Premier League during which no goals were scored and no cards were shown?
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What rules determine whether a player can play for a team in the CLT20?

Most of the current T20 leagues around the world are very new and the playing rosters are typically not settled; players change teams a lot between seasons. In addition, many players play in a lot of ...
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What does “open divisions” mean in a USTA tournament?

Most (adult) tournaments I've entered have divisions indicated by NTRP level - i.e. MW(3.0, 4.0) means that men and women who are rated 3.0 or 4.0 can enter. Some of them, though, are listed as MWOp. ...
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How is the Net Run Rate calculated in ICC World Twenty 20 events?

I have some doubts regarding net run rate in the ongoing ICC world twenty 20 2014 event.It takes a while to read so please don't hesitate and give me a solution regarding this. My doubt is that in ...
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What is the seeding logic for the March Madness play-in (First Four) teams? [duplicate]

So, you'd think that the "First Four" teams would be considered the worst teams in the NCAA Tournament. They have to play themselves into the bracket a couple days before the real tourney starts. But ...
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How are doubles seeds calculated?

For singles, the seeding in the tournaments is rather straightforward: We simply look at the rankings and the players with top 8 (or 16 or 32) rankings are seeded. However, for doubles competition we ...
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What is the destination of the used tennis balls from tournaments?

During the tennis tournaments, every 7 games the balls are changed. What is the destination of those used balls? I think there were a lot of balls every tournaments of that
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Del Potro is ahead of Federer in the Race to London, but Federer is the one having qualified

After the US Open Federer has clinched his spot for the ATP Finals and Del Potro hasn't (see the news here). However, Del Potro has more points than Federer in the Race to London. How can this be? ...
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How is the “best loser” determined in football?

We have played a 7-team competition, all seven teams met, we eliminated the team with the lowest points. After that the remaining six teams played knock out games and the three winning teams will go ...
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Why are Gabon playing in the African Cup of Nations 2017 qualifiers when they're hosts and how will group I work?

I recently saw Sierra Leone beat Gabon in the qualifying competition for the African Cup of Nations 2017. Gabon and Sierra Leone are in qualifying group I. But Gabon are the hosts of AfCON 2017, so ...
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What does “Race to X” mean?

A local pool hall features weekly 8-ball and 9-ball double-elimination tournaments, and the different tournaments are described as: Race to 4 Race to 4/3 Race to 2 What do these terms mean?
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US Open 2017 - draw movements after Murray's withdrawal

At the 2017 US Open, Murray (seed 2) withdrew 2 days before the tournament began, but 2 days after the draw had been posted. After his withdrawal the draw was changed with the following movements: ...
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Why was the sponsors logo was missing?

On 27 February 2014, while watching the Asia cup match between India VS Bangladesh I noticed a that the shirts worn by Indian team players didn't have a sponsors logo on the chest portion, even though ...
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What does it take to play in the NIT?

According to this Wikipedia article, the selection process was changed in 2006. According to the article, teams are no longer required to have a .500 record and conference champions will receive an ...
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Do managers select their kick takers after learning which team will shoot first?

From a game theory perspective, I'm trying to find the optimal strategy for selecting penalty kick takers. Anecdotally (and I hope to quantify this relationship later) I've heard that it's always ...
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Ranking from which week are used to decide who qualifies for ATP/WTA finals?

I know that race rankings, i.e. points only from this calendar year, are used to decide players at year end ATP/WTA championships. My question is whether the rankings just one week before the finals ...
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Elimination system where both opponents can lose

Is there any tournament system that deals with the fact that both opponents can lose? Or is there an easy, non-complicated and fair way of modifying an elimination-like system to deal with it? ...
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When was the first tri-series for cricket held?

Tri-series is a series/tournament with three nations playing for the trophy. When was the first international tri-series for cricket matches held? Which nations participated in it and who was the ...
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What does data about kWh in the French Open “shots of the day” videos mean?

The French Open publishes on its YouTube videos with "shots of the day" - the most impressive plays from a particular day at the tournament. At the end of the point, an information about kWh is shown....
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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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What is Fair Play Award?

Fair Play awards are given every year in IPL. Generally, What is Fair Play award? Other than Cricket, in which sport is this award given? In Cricket, Is this award given in any other tournament ...
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Does ICC intend to stop the ICC Champions Trophy?

I've heard that ICC Champions Trophy 2013 will be the last Champions Trophy. Is it true? If yes, what is the reason behind it?
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How to draw a fixture of knockout tournament for 21 teams using quarter method

While giving byes on 4 quarter based knockout basis tournament for 21 teams, 1 quarter will have 3 byes but with that there is difficulty having proper pairing of the matches. So, How can I draw a ...
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What is MVP award in IPL?

What is MVP award in IPL? How is it calculated? I see the list of award leaders from here. But I can't understand how is it calculated?
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Have two players ever played twice on the same tournament in tennis?

It sounds impossible, but I just noticed a very weird fact that caught my eye and interest. Tomorrow (13th February) starts the main draw of ATP 500 Abn Amro World Tennis Tournament in Rotterdam. ...
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Which edition of rankings is used for which purpose on Grand Slam tournaments?

Rankings are used for several purposes: Players in entry list for main draw and for qualification are ordered based on ranking. In entry list a cut-off is made to decide which players go directly ...
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What was format of tennis year-end championships in the past?

I wonder how the rules and format of the year-end championship in the ATP tour and WTA tour evolved. For example I notice that in 1985 men played knock-out tournament, whereas in 1986 the ...
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Can a player represent more than one team?

In Champions Leage T20 2013, Kumar Sangakkara chose to play for Kandurata Maroons team, although he is the captain for Sunrisers Hyderabad. Now Kandurata Maroons is out of CLT20. Can Sangakkara now ...
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Where will the Copa Del Rey final 2014 be played?

I cannot locate this information anywhere! I'm, of course, referring to the football (soccer) tournament played in Spain.