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Points are given in tennis 15-30-40. Why 40?

Tennis scoring goes 15-30-40-game. Why 40? Why not 45? What is the meaning of the points being given in tennis as 15-30-40-game? What is the history of this scoring calculation?
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Has there ever been a situation where the outfielder has intentionally dropped a foul ball to prevent a run from scoring from third?

I can foresee a situation when a team is tied or up by one run, late in the game, where an outfielder may intentionally drop a catchable ball in foul territory to prevent an opposing runner from ...
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Table Tennis exercises by yourself and without a table?

Is it possible to improve your table tennis skills by yourself without a table as well? If so are there exercises that one could do to improve your table tennis skills by yourself?
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How are individual turnovers determined on errant passes?

When determining turnovers for a given player, how exactly are they determined? Wikipedia defines turnovers as In basketball, a turnover occurs when a player from one team gives possession to a ...
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When does MLB use instant replay?

I was inspired to ask this question given instant replay was mentioned in this thread: Why is FIFA against adding instant replay to the game? For the 2012 season, has baseball changed any rules ...
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During a race, how often should I drink water?

I've run a number of races, and there are almost always a number of water stations. I don't usually stop for water on the short races, but I'm not sure how long of a race I should do that for - when ...
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In cricket, how is it decided from which end to start the match?

In cricket, how is it decided from which end to start the match? Is this a per-ground convention, a decision of the umpires, or either of the captains? Is each innings necessarily started from the ...
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Pace strategy for Marathons

Very short: what is the best pace strategy for a Marathon? A little longer: usually when I participate in a race (10 km, 15 km or HM), I tend to run the first part of the race at a pace that is 5-10 ...
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Why is FIFA against adding instant replay to the game?

Is there any evidence or reason why FIFA is so against adding instant replay to soccer? I find myself seeing many unlucky or just plain wrong decisions made by refs that could be corrected with ...
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Gel packs: to use or not to use? When?

I've heard that gel packs can help performance on long runs. How should I use them? How long of a run should I use them on, and how often during the run? Should I take them with water at a water ...
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Are referees biased toward the home team?

Inspired by this question but hopefully different enough to warrant a different question. I often hear fans complaining that the "home team always gets the calls", which means that more fouls are ...
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What advantages does a softer putter provide?

I've seen soft putters advertised on disc-golf websites and in stores. What advantages does a soft flexible putter provide? I've heard that they "grab the chains" better but what does that actually ...
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How to decide the “Par” for each hole

How is the "average number of strokes" decided for each hole? While watching golf competitions, the majority of players are far below the par. Shouldn't it then be adapted? If 90% of players are ...
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What factors give a “Home Advantage” and how big is it?

Often you hear about the team whose ground the match is being played at having a "home advantage". During a discussion with a friend they said teams go as far as to style the opposing teams changing ...
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What is the on-field role of the captain?

After watching the John Terry "stripped of captaincy" episode in the England national football team, my question is what exactly does the captain do on the field? The team tactics are decided by the ...
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Is running uphill harder or easier than running downhill?

Which is harder, running uphill or running downhill? I have done the Salt Lake City, Utah marathon and it has a huge chunk of descending. I think circa 5000 feet vertical the route of the year I ran ...
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What are the disadvantages of the wide nine defensive scheme?

Correct me if i'm wrong I've read a little about a wide-nine defensive scheme. Trying to get an understanding of this. From my understanding, a wide nine defensive philosophy depends on defensive ...
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Number of gap techniques in American Football

While reading this thread and this one I had trouble following the football terminology of the different "techniques" for defensive line men. What does it mean to have a 1 / 2 / 3 / 5 gap technique ...
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How can I better understand and appreciate curling? [closed]

I have watched many curling matches (games? I'm honestly not sure of the terminology) during coverage of the olympics. I have read the basic rules, which seem simple enough, so I understand the ...
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Is there evidence for or against fish feeling pain from a hook? [closed]

I fished often when I was young, but then gradually stopped. I was thinking of fishing again, but now I am a little put off thinking that the fish are feeling pain from a hook. Is there scientific ...
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Why is a foul bunt on strike three an out?

Following up on "Why does a foul ball not count as a third strike?", I can understand caught fouls and foul tips being counted as strike 3. But what is the logic behind a 3rd strike foul bunt being an ...
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Cross-training versus specificity

When undertaking physical training, as opposed to practice and skills drills, for your chosen sport, how much benefit is there in cross-training? For example, I'm a cyclist, I'm preparing for ...
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Why do the balls used in rugby and American football have a similar shape?

Is there any reason for the fact that rugby and American football share this (quite unusual) ball shape?   Do they have common roots? Does the American football ball come from the rugby one (...
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Cross-training to increasing pace for a beginner [closed]

I'm fairly new at running. I really enjoy it but definitely wouldn't consider myself very serious about it. I ran a couple 5k races and a 10k race last year. I'd like to increase both my 5k and my ...
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10% Rule for Increasing Pace [closed]

I've heard of the "10 Percent" rule for increasing distance when running - something like "don't increase your distance for a single run or for the entire week by more than 10 percent per week". Is ...
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Why isn't spiking the football intentional grounding?

I understand that spiking the football is a time management technique in American football, but I don't understand why there is no penalty (e.g. intentional grounding) associated with it?
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Enforcement of traveling in basketball

In most levels of basketball, from youth leagues to the college level, traveling seems to be enforced fairly regularly. However, at the NBA level, traveling seems to be rarely enforced, with the rules ...
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Difference between three technique and five technique defensive linemen

During the predraft period, many scouting reports will mention that a defensive end can play a "three technique" or is better suited for a "five technique" role. Being unsure of what that meant, I did ...
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Why does a foul ball not count as a third strike?

From the Wikipedia entry for foul ball A strike is issued for the batter if he had fewer than two strikes ... A strike is, however, recorded for the pitcher for every foul ball the batter hits, ...
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Are you allowed to play zone defense in the NBA?

I remember in the "old days" that if a referee caught a team playing zone defense that they would blow the whistle to stop the play and call "Illegal Defense". I haven't seen this foul called in a ...
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Is it true that a line backer is the quarterback for the defense?

I've often heard that the linebacker is the quarterback for the defense. Thus, is it really true that a linebacker's role is sometimes to produce calls to change the defensive's game plan or an ...
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Stomping after a table tennis serve or follow through?

I often see a lot of veterans stomp their feet after hitting the ball. Why would one want to stomp after hitting the ball? Is this purely a stylistic issue? Or does it improve ones follow-through? ...
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Does icing a fieldgoal kicker actually work?

It's a common strategy in most levels of football to call a time out shortly before the ball is snapped prior to a field goal. This is called icing the kicker (as it makes the kicker wait through the ...
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Why are substitutions commonly made right at the end of the game?

I often see the manager of a winning team making substitutions as the end of the game nears (sometimes as late as during injury time). The player being replaced is not injured, and doesn't time get ...
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How can I improve my endurance while skiing? [closed]

When I go on a ski trip I usually like to go at least two days in a row. The issue I run into by about midday on the second day is that my legs are pretty much shot. I would like to be able to do at ...
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How can I improve my endurance while skiing? [duplicate]

When I go on a ski trip I usually like to go at least two days in a row. The issue I run into by about midday on the second day is that my legs are usually shot. I would like to be able to do at ...
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If a play ends with two runners at the same base who is safe?

In baseball if a play ends and two base runners are at the same base who is safe and who is out? Does the situation change if one of the runners can be forced?
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Is a disc that lands on top of a basket considered holed?

This is rare case, but in the event that a disc lands on top of a basket (above the chains and basket in the round area that is often on top of the goal) is it considered holed or does it require an ...
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How to start running [closed]

I didn't run many years. I swim in a pool. Now I am feeling I need to start running. Have someone suggest me how to start running from scratch? I am 35 years old. PS. The strength and spirit, I have :...
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Screening in volleyball

The volleyball rules prohibit screening during a service (preventing the receiving team from seeing the ball or the serving player; rule 12.5), however, during any professional game you can see ...
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What is best for hydration during a run?

I'm a less experienced runner, training for a half marathon. Up until now I only ran a maximum of 10 miles and I never felt the need to hydrate, but I read it's better to hydrate during the run. ...
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How do defenders score goals when part of a formation

When playing in a 4-5-1 or 4-4-3 formation you are meant to stay in your zone on the pitch. The defenders need to be part of the back 4 and not move into the forward postions. How then do defenders ...
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How to boost vertical speed / jump height

As a basketball player it is important to have a good jump height (for scoring, rebounding, blocking). I've tried some plyometric exercises and are jump skipping often. But I do not have a good idea ...
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Is Fartlek more effective than regular training [closed]

Fartlek is intended to be a type of interval training without fixed distances, times or paces. Is this more effective than regular distance and interval training in separate workouts?
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Why are there different stars on table tennis balls?

What determines the rating of a table tennis ball? I know there are several different star ratings. The ratings go from 1 star to 4 star. I think there maybe a 5 star ball. What factors determine the ...
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Why would you use oil on your table tennis raquets?

I often see vendors selling oil for table tennis racquets. Why would one want to use oil on their table tennis racquets?
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Do high tops prevent sprained ankles?

For years, basketball players were encouraged to wear high tops because it was believed they prevent a player from rolling his ankle. But recently, players such as Kobe Bryant have worn mid and low ...
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When is a sacrifice bunt a statistically “good” option?

In the past several years the sacrifice bunt has come under fire as a "waste of an at bat" and "lowering your chance to score." No one denies that outs are very valuable in baseball, but is it ever a ...
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How is the BCS rank determined?

How are BCS ranks in NCAA football determined? Is it determined by popular vote and record? What factors affect a ranking?
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Difference between one gap and two gap techniques for defensive linemen

While watching American football, I frequently hear about "one gap" or "two gap" techniques when referring to defensive linemen. I found this terminology to be a bit unclear, so I looked for an ...

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