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How the pitch is supporting for fast bowlers or spin bowlers?

I've heard some pitches will support for only fast bowlers and some pitches for spin bowlers. What is the mechanism behind this??How can pitch can support either one?What will be difference in these ...
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Running After Being Knocked Off Feet in the NFL

In what year(s) in the NFL was the runner allowed to get up and run after being knocked off his feet, as long as they weren't tackled and held down? From memory, it only lasted 1 or 2 years because it ...
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In tennis, is there any advantage to decline the opening serve?

In football, the winner of the coin toss can elect to "receive" or "defer." The advantage of "deferring" is that you get to receive after halftime, meaning that teams will often elect this option. In ...
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Is a match forfeited if a player refuses to leave after being sent off?

So, I know that according to MLB rules, the umpire in chief can forfeit the game if an ejected player refuses to leave the field. Can a soccer/association football referee forfeit a match the same ...
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What happens if the ball is hit onto the non-striker's wicket?

I am an American so please forgive me for being unfamiliar with the rules of cricket, but I like the game. What happens if the batsman strikes the ball straight back up the field and it takes down ...
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What is the longest injury/stoppage time ever added in Europe's top 5 leagues?

What is the longest injury time ever added in Europe's top 5 leagues? Please mention the details of the match.
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Who is the Third Umpire?

For an international cricket match, there should be a TV umpire, a Match referee, and a Reserve umpire along with two umpires on the field, Who is the third umpire of the above? What are the ...
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What are reaching fouls in the NBA?

When a player tries to steal the ball from a dribbling player, the referees sometimes award a "reaching foul". I just can't see any difference between a steal and a foul
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Responsibility of the batsman to be ready for the bowler

Is there a rule that states that a batsman must be ready for the bowler, or is it just good etiquette? I'm not referring to waiting for a new bat to come in after a wicket has fallen. I'm talking ...
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How are shorter power-plays counted in power play percentage?

One of the team statics in ice-hockey is power play percentage. From example, you can see it here for the currently played World Chapmionship or here for this year's NHL season. I understand that ...
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If the pitcher throws to 1st base to try to get the base runner out, is the runner on 2nd allowed to run to 3rd?

There are runners on 2nd and 1st base, and they're both leading off. The pitcher throws to 1st to try to get him out - is the runner on 2nd base allowed to run to 3rd?
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What is use of old cricket ball?

When umpire change the cricket ball, was the old ball thrown as waste or keep for reuse?
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Why is the Croatian football team so successful despite having a population of only 4 million people?

Not only did they crush Argentina by 3-0 in this 2018 world cup, they also humiliated another traditional 'football power' England and made it to the finals despite their population being less than ...
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What is the safest technique to return very aggressive serves?

What is the safest technique for returning very aggressive serves?
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Ball hitting helmet - change of strike?

It's the last ball of the over. The ball hits the helmet kept behind the keeper. 5 runs will be awarded, but my question here is, will the same batsman face the first ball of the next over?
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Ball goes through the strike zone, but the catcher doesn't catch the ball?

I'm still learning the basics of baseball, so please excuse my ignorance. If a ball is pitched through the strike zone, but the catcher doesn't catch the ball, does this count as a ball or strike?
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Can I place fielders wherever I want?

Can I place more than 2 midoffs or 3-4 silly points in cricket? I have seen no match with such fieldings? But there are no rules against it.
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what workout should I do to have a high vertical jump? [closed]

I'm a volleyball player but i lack the required vertical jump. So can you please suggest the best workouts for a high vertical jump ?
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Highest runs that a batsman can score in an over?

Assuming there are no overthrows and no extras (like no-balls, wide balls, etc), what is the highest a batsman score in an over? UPDATE: If the ball first hits the bat, then the helmet and goes for a ...
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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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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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Can a football team force its defeat, e.g. via own goals?

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 be decided. Let us assume that Japan comes first and Colombia ...
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“53 has the Mic” means what in American Football?

I frequently hear quarterbacks say something like "53 has the mic" when pointing out the defensive formation. Usually the player number that he points out is a linebacker. I believe the defensive ...
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What is the simplest way to transfer data between online running logs? [closed]

I'm disillusioned with Nike+, where I've been logging runs for over a year, and ready to try something new (in this case, Strava). How can I export my data from Nike+ so I'm not losing it all?
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What will happen when the batsman or bowler gets injured in super-over?

Three players from the batting side will be selected to bat in the super-over. If the batting side loses two wickets, their innings will end. One player from the fielding team will be selected for ...
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Tips on improving my football skills

I should probably start by saying I'm not a particularly sporty person, I did as little as possible whilst growing up, but in the last 7 years or so (and in my past two jobs) I've been playing 5-a-...
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Why are professional athletes allowed to compete in the Olympic games?

When the International Olympic Committee was formed in 1894 by Pierre de Coubertin, he intended the athletes competing in the Olympics to only be amateur athletes. The definition of an amateur ...
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What is the maximum number of red cards that a referee can give in a football match?

What is the greatest possible number of red cards that a referee can give in a football match? Does such a limit even exist? If so, does it vary from league to league and tournament to tournament?
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Deciding the winner of a boxing match

Question Boxing matches are (usually) decided by knockout or decision. However, Timothy Bradley's victory over Manny Pacquiao in June 2012 was highly and widely controversial. CompuBox stats show ...
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Which soccer players have more goals than games at the club level?

Are there some football players who have better average than 1 goal per game in their club career? Or if we restrict only to one competition, not the whole career? Or to one season of a competition? ...
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What's the rarest event in professional baseball?

What is the rarest feat in professional baseball? Unassisted triple play? Pitching a perfect game? Pitching more than 9 innings, perfect game? Using a statistic or terminology that can be ...
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Why do Michael Phelps and some other swimmers wear two caps?

Just now I saw Michael Phelps competing in the 400m Medley heats (London Olympics 2012). After he finished the race, I saw him take off two caps. I can imagine that a swimmer uses one, but what is the ...
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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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Why does Messi's 50th goal count as a record?

Last night, Messi scored his 50th goal of the season. Why is it considered a new goal-scoring record? Dixie Dean scored 60 goals for Everton in the FA First Division alone (he had 67 in total) in ...
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How are IPL players paid?

In the Indian Premier League, the players are auctioned to the different teams and their salaries depends on the auction amount. But who pays them, does the IPL administration pay them or do the team ...
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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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In ice hockey, how is plus/minus calculated?

In ice hockey, how is plus/minus calculated when it comes to individual player's stats. Also, on a broader scale, what does plus/minus mean exactly? Unsure if I'm being redundant here.
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How come Belgium and even Switzerland are atop of Holland on FifaRankings for WorldCup 2014?

Holland reached finals at WorldCup2010; qualified to Euro2012; won the qualifying group for WorldCup2014 with only one draw. Belgium missed WorldCup2010 missed Euro2012 won the qualifying group ...
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It is true that, during the first years of professional football, teams used to play with only 2 defenders and 5 forwards?

I've heard many times that, in the past (I don't know exactly when, but It may be around 1930 and 1950 decades) football teams used to align using 2-3-5 formation. I know that tactics used to be less ...
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In UEFA Champions League, how is it ensured that two teams from the same Country aren't drawn into the same group?

UEFA Champions League draw rules state that: No team can play a club from their own association in the group stage and the first round of knockout phase. (source) Since the teams are already ...
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What do the laws of cricket say about declaring an inning in a limited overs cricket match?

I know that there is no need of declaring a match with limited overs format. Even the world record total has been chased on that day itself. But, my question is, what do the laws of cricket say ...
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Countering heavy top or bottom spin in table tennis?

What options are there when your opponent serves you very heavy top spin? Often, just a slight push forces the ball to hit the ceiling. On the flip side, is it possible to use the same strategies ...
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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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Maximum match point saved in a tennis match?

What is the record of saved match points in a ATP/WTA tennis match? And what about limited at grand slam matches? I mean that player who saved match points finally wins the game
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Umpire Decision Review System in cricket

A team has only one review remaining in the Decision Review System (DRS), and a batsman was given out Leg Before Wicket (LBW) and both batsmen were certain that the decision was in error and called ...
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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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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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What gives a left-handed pitcher an advantage over a left-handed batter?

In baseball, a pitcher is often assumed to have an advantage over a batter based on his handedness (i.e. left-handed vs right-handed). I think it is that right-handed pitchers have an advantage of ...
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What is the difference between a strong safety and a free safety?

There are two distinct labels for a "safety" in football: strong (SS) and free (FS). Ed Reed (FS) and Troy Polamalu (SS) were two of the premier players in the NFL "in the safety position" during ...
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Has 4-6-0 ever worked in high level football?

Seeing that Del Bosque is insisting on playing without a real striker in the Euro games, I came to wonder whether the 4-6-0 tactic he's trying to implement really ever worked for a team at this level. ...

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