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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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what about a switch bowling action

In the current era of cricket, we see batsmen using switch hits to play a ball. That is, while playing a ball they change their batting side (left to right handed and vice versa) just before the ball ...
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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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Switch-Pitcher versus Switch-Batter

A Switch-Pitcher is pitching (Can pitch with the left or right arm). A Switch-Batter is at the plate (Can bat from the left or right side). In the MLB, who is forced to choose what side they are ...
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What do football (soccer) referees do during halftime?

What do football referees do and where do they go during halftime? Is there a protocol or are there particular rules they have to obey during that time, like restrictions who to communicate with? Is ...
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Are there any rules in baseball which prohibit teams from “borrowing” players via trade?

Every season near the trade deadline, we see teams that are out of it trading expensive players and/or free agents-to-be, typically for younger players or prospects. For example, Matt Garza, set to ...
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In Golf, can you choose to play down the 'wrong' fairway?

I am an occasional (and fairly terrible) golfer. I played a round the other day and was confronted with an odd situation. I sliced a ball through some trees and onto the adjacent fairway. I still had ...
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Are there “Lets” in table tennis?

In tennis if I serve the ball and it goes into the opposite service box, but hits the net on the way, it is a let. Is there such a thing as a let in table tennis?
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In what way do professional athletes (MLB, NHL, NFL, NBA) get paid?

I've always wondered how this worked. If a player is getting paid $5,000,000 a year, how do they get that salary? Do they receive it at the beginning of the season as a lump sum? Or do they receive ...
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If a batsman get bowled on free hit and ball goes to boundary, will 4 runs be added or not?

If a batsman get bowled on free hit and ball goes to boundary, will four runs be added or not? Is there any rule about this?
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How to find “distance covered” for players during the World Cup?

I was curious about the in-depth player stats from yesterdays game, Brazil - Croatia (specifically to assess Ivan Perisic's impact in the game) and came across a bunch of sites that provide basic ...
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Coaching a (low-interest) collegiate fencing club

I am the assistant volunteer coach for a collegiate fencing club. The coach is keen on teaching fencing fundamentals and some advanced maneuvers. I am his second set of eyes and goto for general ...
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The difference between top goalscorer and golden boot winner

My bookmaker has prices for the golden boot winner and the top tournament goal scorer in the World Cup. What is the difference between the two awards?
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Cap colour in IPL

If a player is the highest run scorer and at the same time is the highest wicket taker in IPL, which colour cap would he wear?
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Can a bowler bowl a six?

Imagine a very fast bowler. The ball pitches, is missed by the batsman, is missed by the wicket keeper, and flies over the boundary. How much runs/extras? Imagine a very fast bowler. The ball doesn't ...
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When can a batsman change from batting left handed to right handed?

Some shots in one-day or Twenty 20 cricket involve the batsman changing stance to play a shot (e.g. reverse sweep), but are there any provisions in cricket laws that allow the umpire to decide when ...
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Greatest comeback in 2nd leg match

In sports (particularly football), the knockout stage has a contest between two teams which comprises two matches or "legs", with each team as the home team in one leg. The winning team is usually ...
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Can a soccer player steal the ball while the goalkeeper bounces it on the ground?

When the ball is being bounced by the goalkeeper from his hands and a player steals it without touching the goalkeeper (while the goalkeeper is not touching the ball) and scores, is it legal or not? ...
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What will happen to the current Bowl games when the playoff system commences?

In 2014, the NCAA will switch from the current Bowl Game system for Division 1 football to a four-team playoff format wherein the top 4 teams will compete for the championship. Will the current Bowl ...
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Calculation of bowling strike rate

Batting strike rate is calculated as (No. of runs / No. of balls faced) * 100. How is bowling strike rate calculated?
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Have two teams ever played each other twice in the same world cup?

In FIFA World Cup 2014, if the United States and Germany had both advanced to the final, then they would have played each other twice. This didn't happen. But has it ever happened, that in the same ...
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What is the minimum over-rate?

We can see many times, the captains and the players of the bowling team were suspended for slow over-rates. How the over-rate for a fielding team is calculated? Is it vary between different forms of ...
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Is there offside when the ball deflects off an opponent?

I was refereeing a 10 year old's junior game today and this situation happened. The home team's defender attempted to pass from their own half to their forward who was in an offside position beyond ...
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Why call 'safety' if the turn will pass to the opponent anyway after failing a called shot?

In 8-ball pool, if I fail a called shot, the turn passes to my opponent. There is also the option of calling safety, in which case the turn will pass to my opponent as well. What is the advantage of ...
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How do I calculate the run rate in cricket?

I know the run rate is calculated by dividing the number of runs scored by number of overs. How do I calculate the run rate midway through an over? If say a team scores 223 runs in 43.5 overs, what ...
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Who is the best striker (best goals/appearances ratio) with 25/50/100+ national caps?

Zlatan Ibrahimovic recently had his 50 goals milestone (also a national record for Sweden) prior to with 100 appearance for the team. With 50 goals in 100 games he's averaging a goal in every second ...
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What is tie-breaking procedure in NHL (regular season)?

What is tie-breaking procedure in NHL (regular season)? How are standings for the teams in the NHL table decided. What is used as a secondary criterion, if the teams have the same number of points? ...
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What are the differences between the Power Forward and Center positions?

What are the differences between the Power Forward (PF) and Center (C) positions? Several PF/C players, such as Tim Duncan, have been considered a power forward and/or a center. Based on the ...
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What is the rule when the ball touches both the bat and the batsman's body?

If a ball bowled to a batsman hits the bat first and then hits the pad/any part of the batsman's body, what is the rule on getting runs or boundaries or catch at this situation? If a ball bowled to a ...
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Who serves when in table tennis?

I have never understood who serves first, and when it switches, in table tennis. Could anyone explain it?
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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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8 ball Pool: Left only with black ball

What happens if I have only the 8 (black) ball left to pot and my opponent who has a colored ball scratches the cue ball? Do I get a ball in hand or do I have to try potting the black ball from behind ...
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Is there any term used for multiple hat tricks?

If a bowler takes more than three sequential wickets (say six wickets) in one over, would this be called as two hat-tricks or does this feat, however unlikely, has a different name?
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Penalty taker pauses during the run-up: legal or not?

When taking a penalty, some players pause during their run-up, before kicking the ball forward. Occasionally they halt long enough and the goalkeeper goes one way, then they shoot. Is this legal or ...
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What are the reasons that cricket is not included in the Olympics? [closed]

I found online that it was last played in the 1900 Olympics. It hasn't been played since. What are the reasons that cricket is no longer included as an Olympic sport?
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NFL Rule On Offensive lineman

Does the offensive lineman have to notify the referee in order to be an eligible receiver?
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How counter-productive would having two coaches be?

My golf game is coming along nicely, largely in part to having a great coach but I have the problem that, currently, I am working 300 miles from home so I can't book in any lessons. There are, ...
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What percentage of football goals originate from corner kicks?

What are the odds that getting a corner kick result in a goal? Note, I am not asking the percentage of corner kicks that result in a goal. I am after stats from pro-level soccer, for example, the EPL....
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When shooting the 8-ball, can it bounce off another ball into a pocket if it is called?

If I am shooting the 8-ball for a win, and my opponent has a ball near the pocket I'm aiming for, can I call something like "8-ball off the 2 ball into the corner pocket"? I thought this was allowed, ...
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NFL overtime: after a field goal, clock runs out on second team's possession

Under the NFL's current "modified sudden death" overtime rules, if the first team scores a field goal, the second team is entitled to one more possession. What happens if the clock runs out during ...
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Is a base runner automatically out if they stop advancing when forced to their next base?

Here's a situation that came up during a back lot league softball game a few weeks ago. (Note: While our league has some of its own rules we try to defer to MLB rules in all causes that aren't ...
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Hat-trick rules for different match/innings

If a bowler takes wicket in the last ball of an over and takes other two wickets in the first two balls of the next over then it is considered as Hat-trick. But what if a bowler takes last two ...
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Does this count as an assist?

I passed the ball to the forward, who was then one on one with the goalkeeper. The forward shoots on first touch and hits the post. The ball rebounds, and with no one else touching the ball, the ...
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What is Associate Member in Cricket?

I have heard there are some countries in Cricket which are called as Associate countries (or members) So what is Associate member in Cricket? What criteria do they have to maintain?
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Is this a dismissal by hit wicket?

Consider the following situation, A batsman's bat breaks while hitting the ball after which a piece of the bat flies in the air, hits the stumps and the bails fall down. Is this a dismissal by ...
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Most extra time games played in a World Cup

Croatia has played in the extra time of each of their first 3 knockout stage games in the 2018 World Cup. They played Denmark, Russia, and England in the round of 16, quarterfinals and the semifinals ...
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Where can I find the points per game throughout many NBA seasons?

Where can I find the points per game (of both teams) throughout many NBA seasons? To illustrate my point, what I mean is something like: 2000/01 average points per NBA game: 200; 2001/02 average ...
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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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How much do IPL players get paid if they don't play all games in a season?

Two players in IPL 6 (2013), Ricky Ponting and Glen Maxwell, were bought in the player auction for large sums (Ponting close to half a million and Maxwell over 1 million dollars). Neither of these ...
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In cricket, in UDRS screen, if the ball hits the wicket, then why is not out still given?

In cricket, in UDRS screen, if the ball hits the wicket, then why is not out still given? I saw this situation so many times happened; bowler appealed for UDRS for LBW, in UDRS it shows ball hits the ...

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