Questions tagged [trivia]

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Are there any sports for which the world's best player is female?

For this question I'm referring to sports in which men and women can compete together on equal terms (even if they often don't). For example, rock climbing would count (if they climb the same rock and ...
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What is the biggest comeback recorded in competitive international soccer matches?

On October 16, 2012, Sweden came back from 4-0 down to draw 4-4 with Germany in a World Cup qualifier. Purely in terms of goals, is this the record for the biggest comeback in a competitive ...
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Father and son who were active players at the same time in NFL/NBA/NHL/MLB? [closed]

Has there ever been a father and son in the NFL/NBA/NHL/MLB who were both active players at the same time?
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Worst defeat of a host nation in world cup history

Brazil, host nation of world cup 2014, lost to Germany by 1-7. This seems very big defeat in term of goal difference. What is the worst defeat of a host nation in world cup history in terms of goal ...
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What is the most match points saved by a tournament winner?

Recently Martin Kližan won ATP tournament in Rotterdam. On the way to the final he saved 8 match points (5 against Batistuta Agut and 3 against Mahut). What is the record for the most match points ...
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What is the NFL record for most receivers with a catch in a single game on the one team?

The Saints are up to ten unique receivers with at least one catch in tonight's game against the Ravens, and I can find a reference to the Packers having a franchise record of 12 that's been reached ...
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Most number of extra-time Goals

On 30-Oct-2012, Arsenal defeated Reading with an incredible score of 7-5. A more astonishing fact is that 4 goals were scored in Extra-time. Is this the record for the most number of goals in extra-...
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Which team has gotten the most punishments for slow over rate?

We know that slow over rate is an issue of the fielding team that can be punished by ICC. In June 2012 Misbah ul-Haq got punished (banned for one match) but their players didn't get that. But in May ...
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Why Great Britain or England/Scotland/Wales/Ireland in different sport?

Why in different sports athletes represent different "countries"? In football and curling and rugby and other sports there are England/Scotland/Wales and Ireland teams; In tennis (Scottish player ...
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What is the sports bra looking thing soccer players wear?

I've seen many male soccer players - specially famous players who play for well known teams - wear a piece of clothing that looks like a sports bra. They're usually worn during practice, and a few ...
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Are there any sports that started as a women's sport?

I wonder, are there any sports that started as a women's sport and in a later period played by men (and accepted widely)? I believe all major sports I know was initially male-oriented (or at least ...
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Has there ever been a football player who held the title of “most goals in one season in history” in two different countries?

One of my favourite football players, Eran Zahavi, broke the record for most goals in one season in Israel two years ago. He's currently well on his way to break the same record in China - the most ...
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What is the most red cards issued by the referee in one game of soccer/football?

What is the most red cards a referee has ever issued in one game of European football? Europe Only "Top flight" leagues (e.g. Premier League, Serie A, La Liga BBVA, Eredivisie, German Bundesliga, ...
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What is the origin of the specific distances in Ironman triathlon?

Triathlon is the sport (three sports, typically swim - bike - run, though Winterlude in Ottawa does Ice Skate, Cross Country Ski, Run). Ironman is the distance. 2.4 Mile (3.8K) swim, 112 mile (180....
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Lowest average to bowl a 300 game?

What is the lowest sanctioned average to bowl a perfect 300 game? I'm sure someone who is not a really good bowler got lucky and threw 12 strikes in a game. I wonder how bad that bowler was. I looked ...
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What is the longest winning streak in tennis with a player not dropping a single game

Saw these past few days that in the Australian Open 2013 Sharapova went two matches without dropping a single game. I'm wondering if there is any official record on the longest streak of sets/matches ...
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What is a record for a football player in converting consecutive penalties in official matches?

Various sources mentioned that Mario Balotelli recently missed a penalty for the first time in his career (in a professional match). For example here: Balotelli has never failed to convert any of ...
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NFL division with all teams having a losing or winning record

I'm wondering if there has been any division in the modern day NFL history where all teams finished the regular season with winning or losing record. Even though this might not be so probable, it is ...
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Were volleys considered unsportsmanlike in tennis?

Is it true that in the past the volley was considered an unsportsmanlike shot in tennis? If so, why was this, and when did this attitude change? I have heard this thing during a recent tennis match, ...
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What is the record for the most family members competing in the same Olympic Games?

Lily, Liina and Leila Luik are sisters from Estonia who could be the first set of identical triplets to compete in the Olympics Has it ever happened in the Olympic history that 3 members of the same ...
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The 100 mph barrier

How many bowlers have broken the 100 mile an hour barrier when bowling in international cricket (ODI and Tests only)?
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0:0 score in basketball

0:0 is quite common score in football (soccer), it also happens in other sports. Is it possible in basketball? In other words does it ever happen in official game? If not what was the closest result?
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FIFA World Cups History: Defending Champion Knocked Out in First Round?

As you all might have seen on 18th June, 2014 that Spain, winner of Last FIFA World Cup 2010 was knocked out in first round. I need to know that is it happened first time or it did happen in any past ...
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Does Vatican participate in any International sports?

Does Vatican participate or ever participated in any international sports as a country ? If participated I would like to know the details of some recent events.
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Olympic medalist in both the Summer and Winter Olympics

Has anyone ever won Olympic medals in both the Summer and Winter Olympics?
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Which coin is used for tossing?

We can see coin tosses in international matches of Cricket. Which coin is used for tossing? Is there any special coin for tossing in those international matches?
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What is the highest number of picks a team has had in the draft?

I was looking at the draft from 2012 and noticed that the 49ers had made a lot of trades to acquire more picks for the 2013 draft. This led me to wonder about trades and the number of draft picks ...
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Why 110-hurdles for men and 100-hurdles for women?

I was watching IAAF World Championship at London 2017 and I notice that men will run 110-metres hurdles while women women the 100-metres hurdles. What is the meaning of this difference? The longest ...
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Athletes who have competed in the Olympics for more than one country [closed]

The Olympic Charter states 41 Nationality of competitors * Any competitor in the Olympic Games must be a national of the country of the NOC which is entering such competitor. All matters ...
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Nationalised players scoring against their country of birth

Diego Costa is making his debut for Spain tonight and he will almost certainly go to Brazil as their main striker considering his form this year. You could imagine the reception he would get playing ...
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Who are the football players that have scored in every minute of a football match?

Who are the footballers that have scored at least one goal in each minute from the first to 90th?
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Has a ATP / WTA / Grand slam ever been rained out?

If during a ATP / WTA / Grand slam tennis tournament, rain falls consistently for the entire 2 weeks, would the tournament just be cancelled? Has this ever happened in a grand slam? Is there an actual ...
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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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How many teams in football history won treble?

Treble in one season means winning the three main titles of the season: European Championship league League championship National cup title How many teams in the history of football won treble?
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Who was the first manager to get expelled from a match in the history of football?

Who was the first manager to get expelled from a match in the history of football? (First event that was recorded and reported.) A recent example: Jose-Mourinho
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Which player was named the first star in most NHL matches?

After a match in NHL (both in regular season and in Stanley Cup) three players are named three stars of the game. See also: Hockey Players Introduced After a Game What is the record for number of ...
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What is the percentage of goals scored during added time?

It could be just me, but I am getting the idea that more and more goals are scored during added time. I would like to see a stat to show if the chance of a goal in added time is higher than in regular ...
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Gold, silver, and bronze medal sweep in Winter Olympics by a single country?

I am proud to see that the Dutch athletes have now obtained Gold, Silver and Bronze for one event, and that even twice. When trying to figure out whether this happened before, I found several ...
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Lowest championship finishing position for a defending champion

Which F1 World Drivers Champion has the lowest finishing position in the season following a championship winning year? Examples: 1981, 1983 and 1987 WDC Nelson Piquet finished 11th in 1982, 5th in ...
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MLB no-hitter resulting in loss

According to Major League Baseball an official no-hitter consists of a pitcher having pitched at least 9 innings while allowing 0 hits. In MLB history has a team lost while having a pitcher throw an ...
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Driver with the longest time between F1 race starts

Robert Kubica, who last drove for Renault in the 2010 season, is now confirmed to be back on the grid for Williams next year, over 8 years since his last Grand Prix start. Assuming he goes on to ...
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World cup winner as manager and captain

Didier Deschamps might achieve the feat of winning FIFA World Cup both as captain (1998) and manager (2018) for France. I know Franz Beckenbauer had already done it before. Is there any other person ...
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Football coaches who have won multiple FIFA World Cups

Has there been any coach(manager) that has won the world cup more than once? If so, please provide the manager's name, winning years and team(s) managed.
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What is the longest six in cricket history?

Calculating the distance of the six hit by the batsmen is a new trend. I'd searched for longest six of cricket, some said it's from Shahid Afridi, some said, it's MSD and some saying Yuvi. I would ...
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What is the highest number of penalties given in an international cup final?

Just to make it clear, I do not mean the case when the game goes to extra time and then to penalties? So the highest number of penalties during an international final (club or national teams) during ...
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Has there ever been an MLB game where the only hit was an inside-the-park home run?

Has there ever been a one-hitter MLB game in which the hit is an inside-the-park home run?
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How long is the longest gap between gold medal wins by the same person in an individual event?

At the 2016 Summer Olympics, Anthony Ervin won gold in the 50m freestyle, the same event he won gold in at the 2000 Summer Olympics. This marks 16 years between gold medal wins. Has there been a ...
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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 the greatest number of reviews resulting in a “not out” decision for one player in a Test Match innings?

During the first test of England's 2016 tour of Bangladesh, Moeen Ali was given not out in five LBW reviews (3 successfully overturned, 2 incorrect reviews by Bangladesh) in the first innings of the ...
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Most final appearances without winning a title in one season

Carsten Ramelow, Bernd Schneider and Oliver Neuville lost three finals in 2002: DFB Pokal (2-4 to Schalke 04, with Leverkusen) Champions League (1-2 to Real Madrid, with Leverkusen) FIFA World Cup (0-...