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How are NFL matchups determined for each season?

During the 2012 NFL Season, the Pittsburgh Steelers and Baltimore Ravens play each other in weeks 11 and 13, two weeks (in both NFL schedule and time) apart. To me, that seems too close for comfort. ...
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How can a country be eligible to participate in any sport in the Olympics?

How can a country be eligible to participate in any sport in the Olympics? Do they have to play any qualifying rounds? Or they can be eligible by its ranking (if applicable)? Or is there any other way ...
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Does a run count if it's made after an unforced out? [duplicate]

scenerio: runners on second and third, two outs. Ball hit to shortstop who immediately tags out the runner going from second to third. This happens before runner gets to first and before runner from ...
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Rules for hat-trick while bowling

I define a hat-trick as "three successes of the same kind". If a bowler bowls a wide ball/dead ball in between consecutive wickets ie, W W Wd W Will it be a hat-trick wicket? What about the ...
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How can I get started in golf?

I've never played any golf before, outside of a small bit of putt-putt. It looks like it might be fun, and I think I'd like to get started. I have some friends that play, and to hear them talk, they'...
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What is this three-against-one game with red and blue balls?

On a recent visit to the University of Colorado, Boulder, I saw some students playing a sport I've never seen before. I'll do my best to describe it. On a grass field, a rectangle is marked out with ...
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Is there a limit on a team's spending in one transfer window?

Is there any limit that a (football) team can spend in one transfer window? For example, could a team buy Cristiano Ronaldo and Alvaro Morata in a single transfer window?
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Why was the marathon World Record not 2:03:02 in 2011?

Why exactly was Geoffrey Mutai's 2:03:02 in Boston (2011) not deemed the marathon World Record at the time?
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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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Are Masters 1000 tournaments mandatory for top ranked players?

I have read somewhere that top ranked players must play every Masters 1000 tournament, meaning that they are mandatory for top players. My question is: Suppose a top ranked player does not play one ...
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Benefits of compression apparel

Compression apparel seems to be very popular with athletes. Brands like Under Armour and Nike show athletes in different sports wearing their apparel. Personally, I wear compression apparel when I'm ...
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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 is “Strength of Victory”?

The NFL lists the following Tiebreaking Procedures to break ties within a division: Head-to-head (best won-lost-tied percentage in games between the clubs). Best won-lost-tied percentage in games ...
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Was Messi's Penalty Kick against Celta de Vigo in La Liga 2016 considered a miss?

Was Messi's Penalty Kick against Celta de Vigo in La Liga 2016 considered a miss, according to FIFA rules? In Are players allowed to pass a penalty? it's established that it is possible to 'pass' a ...
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Is it a catch/dismissal

Will the batsman be dismissed as caught is each of the below scenario: If the ball hits the arm pad of the batsman and is caught by the fielder. If the ball hits the leg pad first, then hits the bat ...
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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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Does run count if the 3rd out is due to a player not tagging up?

With 1 out, runner on the 3rd base properly tags up and crosses the home plate before the runner on 2nd base who does not tag up properly going to 3rd and is called out resulting in the 3rd out of the ...
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In swimming, is there a competitive advantage to being in one lane or another?

Upon observing swimming competitions in the Olympics, it is not clear to me whether one of the eight lanes is more advantageous versus another. I've seen vague claims but nothing backed up with ...
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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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What are the criteria for wins, losses, and saves in MLB?

I've read the rules for determining Wins, Losses and Saves for pitchers, and I've never been able to make heads or tails of it. Is there an easier way to explain it?
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Can you hit a football when the goalkeeper is touching it?

When the ball is on the ground and goalkeeper has put a hand on top of the ball, can the attacker hit the ball away from under the goalkeeper's hand? The goalkeeper just got to the ball. They aren't ...
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How does the referee communicate with players in football(soccer) matches, when they are from different countries?

I always see in TV referees communicating with the players in international football matches(both club and national competitions). It seems to be universal: not only in European matches, but also in ...
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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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Why does one player on a volleyball team wear a different jersey?

Why does one player on a volleyball team have a different color jersey than the rest of the teammates? I notice that this player only plays on the back row and never plays in the front row, and that ...
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Football Field Size

Just the other day I was talking to a colleague and he was telling me soccer fields can differ in size, up to 20 meters in width. Can somebody give me the exact word on this?
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If grunting is not related to performance, why do tennis players do it excessively?

While watching Serena Williams and Maria Sharapova play for the gold medal in London 2012, I noticed Williams was going about her business while Sharapova was grunting each time she hit the ball. ...
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Why FIFA didn't prevent the potential cheating that may arise when the lasts of group matches are not played simultaneously?

Referring to the question here, the first and second paragraph. On Thursday at 2pm GMT, the football matches for group H of the World Cup 2018 will begin. By 4 pm GMT, the fate of that group will ...
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When can a goalkeeper take the ball into their hands?

A goalkeeper cannot handle the ball if a teammate passes ball to them. But can the goalkeeper take the ball into their hands if it is deflected from the leg? Also, can they take the ball in their ...
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Which countries can participate in the Olympics?

Which countries can participate in the Olympic games? Not to participate in a particular sport (like this question asks) but to participate in the Olympics at all. Is there any criteria for a country ...
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Sinking cue ball after the 8 ball in pool

When I designate the pocket I'm putting the 8-ball and I am successful and then follow it in with the cue ball - do I still win?
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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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Is it a runout if both the batsmen have reached the same end and at the same end the stump is broken?

The situation is as below: -------|---------------------------- | stump |batsmen2 broken|batsmen1 here | -------|---------------------------- Is it a runout in the above situation?
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Changing sides in tennis

This site says: A player has to win six games, and at least two more than the foe, to claim a tennis match. Players switch sides after every odd game, as in the first, third and fifth games, and ...
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Techniques to return aggressive tennis serves?

I injured my forearm when I tried to return a fast aggressive serve at about 200km/h with basic forehand grip and backswing: the hit can extremely damaging to your ulnar nerve more here (particularly ...
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Why has Steve Nash moved to the LA Lakers in sign-and-trade deal?

Congratulations to Steve Nash on his move to Lakers via a sign and trade! His contract with the Suns has expired so I don't understand why he moved in a sign-and-trade deal. Why resign and move in ...
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Which is more likely to result in a goal: a penalty shot or a power play?

Statistically speaking, is a hockey team (in the NHL) more likely to score on a power play or with a penalty shot? Often times this is something I wonder when a player is tripped on a near breakaway ...
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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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Rules around shepherding in football

In many ball sports played in Australia there is a familiar term "shepherding". Wikipedia describes it as this: "Shepherding is the act of legally pushing, bumping or blocking an opposing player ...
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What does the 'B' (or bonus) mean on a basketball scoreboard?

I was looking at pictures of scoreboards today, and I noticed that some of them have 'B's on the boards: The same thing appears on NBA games, often in the broadcast scoreboard as well: I've never ...
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Can my body touch the table in table tennis?

Suppose I am about to hit a "overhead", then my stomach touches the edge of the table... Is this allowed? Can I "dive" on the table?
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Does a run count if it's made on the same play as the 3rd out?

Under what conditions can a run be scored on a play that results in a 3rd out for the team? I was under the impression that if a 3rd out happens, all runs that might have scored before time during ...
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What happens to the runner if he misses a base after hitting a homerun?

Scenario: No one on base. 2 outs. Batter hits a homerun. However, while rounding the bases, completely misses stepping on second base. Now, I understand that being a home run, it's a dead ball, and ...
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When does a point count as a winner and when as unforced error?

The tennis statistics at the end of a set always show the number of winners and unforced errors of the players. But when does a point count as a winner and when as unforced error?
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What team has the shortest “longest losing streak” within a season in MLB history?

Don't know if the wording of the title makes sense, but I want to know what team had the longest losing streak that was the shortest in MLB history (or at least the live ball era) A completely made ...
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Identify this Italian sport

I am trying to recall the name of a sport with the following details: The match I saw was between two Italian sides and I believe it had an Italian name. It is similar to football, although I believe ...
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When is the new ball due for all forms of cricket?

Is there a standard time fixed in Test, ODI and T20 formats of Cricket, when a fielding side captain can ask for a new ball? If the captain of the fielding side doesn't ask for a new ball, will he be ...
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What happens if there is a tie during an olympic race?

Recently during the USA Track and Field Olympic trials, there was a tie for third place between Allyson Felix and Jenebah Tarmoh. It appears that there was previously no tiebreaker rule in place for ...
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What determines a double hit in volleyball?

In volleyball, if the other team pass, set, hits it over to me and I kick it and then it hits my chest, but it's only one action/motion, would that count as a double hit fault? What about if the ...
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How can I improve my ball handling?

I play football (soccer) for my community traveling team. Our usual ball handling exercise is getting the ball around a course of cones. What other ways can I improve my ball handling abilities?
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How do you make 100 free throws in a row?

One day during shooting I thought about how many consecutive free throws I could make. It ended in a bet (mainly with myself) that I could do 100 in a row by the end of the season. Working on that ...

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