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How can you beat the world record in shooting?

I'm not expert in the sport of shooting, but if the world record is calculated by the amount of points, how can you beat a perfect score? You can see the records on the official site for the London ...
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Second Division League popularity [closed]

I have a general question regarding soccer (football), in terms of which events are more widely viewed by fans: Do fans tend to follow second division leagues, or are they more likely to follow ...
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Interpreting table tennis racket stats

I have always been confused by the stats system that is used to rate table tennis rackets. Some companies use a three dimensional scale as: "speed", "control", "spin"; while other companies use other ...
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Disqualification due to unmotivated play/intentional losing

Yesterday I read about the latest "scandal" at the Olympic games in London, that 8 players (4 pairs) have been disqualified from the Womens' badminton championship due to "not using one's best efforts ...
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Why do swimmers peak at such a young age?

Why do swimmers reach their peak performance at a relatively young age compared with track and field athletes? Particularly female swimmers seem to produce their best results in their late teens to ...
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Relief from cart path on a hill

I sent this question to the USGA, based on a situation from my last round; we'll see what they say in about a month (if that), but I thought I'd let you guys have a try as I'll be playing the same ...
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What happens when a player loses a shoe during the course of the game?

What is the ruling about losing a shoe when the ball is still in play? Can the player still play or does he need to get it back before continue playing?
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Improving driving

I am enjoying playing golf, hitting a straight ball (usually around a 210-yard drive). However, I am always slightly intimidated/put off by the guys in some of the competitions that can hit a drive 75-...
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Where can I get non-standard tennis net? [closed]

I've just bought a new tennis net and discovered that it's 42 feet long which I assume is the standard. I've also just discovered that my poles are 39 feet apart so the net is too long to fit between ...
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Does the chance of serious injury when road biking decrease with speed? [closed]

When riding a road bike at high speed, for instance in the Tour de France, I have heard that the severity of injuries tend to be decreased as speed increases, as this allows the cyclist to "roll", and ...
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Gymnastics Scoring

In scoring routines in gymnastics, there is "theoretically no limit to the score a gymnast can achieve." However, the highest score judges can award for the execution of a routine is 10. Furthermore, "...
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Oil Patterns in Bowling

I am aware that different oil patterns are used in the sport of bowling. Common oil patterns are the cheetah, chameleon, scorpion, shark, and viper. What is the significance of oil patterns in ...
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On the scoring system for synchronised diving

Whilst watching the current London Olympics I noticed that out of the 10 scores shown for each dive in synchronised diving, a few a crossed out each time. Why are a few of the scores always crossed ...
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Why did a swimmer wear a swim cap with someone else's name?

On 29 July 2012, in the 200m freestyle qualifying heat, Nimrod Shapira Bar-On (from Israel) wore a swim cap with another person's name. Why?
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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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Does using a balance board help with skateboarding balance? If not what can help?

I'm having a midlife crisis and want to start skateboarding! :) I actually have to work so I can't take the skateboard out that often. I was thinking that there may be something that I can do in the ...
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What to look for in a new squash racket

Yesterday I broke my squash racket with a particularly ill-placed split second reaction near the wall. So now I need a new racket. What should I pay attention to when buying one? The racket I had was ...
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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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Is there NBA player who won triple MVP in one season?

Is there NBA player who won the all 3 NBA MVP awards? this includes Regular Season MVP, Finals MVP and All-Star MVP award in the same season?
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Football Player auctions [closed]

I was wondering the scenario where a player is playing for a club and is to be transferred (free/purchase) to another club. What is the procedure? For e.g., It is the player's wish to go to X Club ...
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Why did Ichiro choose number 31 with the Yankees?

When Ichiro Suzuki was traded from the Mariners to the Yankees, he went with uniform #31 instead of #51. I understand the reasoning behind not selecting #51 (Bernie Williams' number, which I guess ...
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NBA MVP, Finals MVP and Champion

So LeBron just won the title, the NBA MVP and NBA Finals MVP. Who else has done that? Also, I know that generally the NBA Finals MVP belongs to the team that won the title, but I believe there was an ...
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Is it a foul in ultimate if the pursuer unintentionally clips the runner from behind?

When I play recreational ultimate, I pursue my man or a player a lot. Sometimes, out of nowhere, their back foot clip my thigh while running and they trip. It looks bad from far away and a foul is ...
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Is it a foul for the defender to preemptively slide tackle a potential shot?

Let's say that the striker is closing in to the goal post on the right side. As a defender, I am running towards the middle of the right post and the striker. I perform a slide tackle towards the ...
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Is it a foul in football if the pursuer unintentionally clips the runner from behind?

When I play recreational football, I pursue my man or a player a lot. Sometimes, out of nowhere, their back foot clip my thigh while running and they trip. It looks bad from far away and a foul is ...
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How to recognize baseball pitches when watching television games?

When I watch Baseball games on TV, I have trouble to identify the pitch that the pitchers are throwing. I know the pitch types but can't tell the difference of a fastball to a slider when watching ...
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Performance-enhancing drugs in cycling

Why does everyone say elite cyclists are doping but none of them get caught even though they are regularly tested? A perfect example is Lance Armstrong with the recent allegations.
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Why would a team choose to become involved in a multi-team trade?

Lamar Odom was recently acquired by the Los Angeles Clippers in a four-team trade including the Clippers, Houston Rockets, Dallas Mavericks, and Utah Jazz. I also see multi-team trades in the NFL. ...
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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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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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Basketball drills for youth

I was asked to run two stations (two full-courts) of basketball with two groups per station for a youth camp. The ages of the youth are between 10-13. I will be dealing with approximately 15-30 kids. ...
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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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Incomplete stage in Tour de France

If a cyclist fails to complete a stage of Tour de France because of injury or something else, but is ready again for the next stage, is he allowed to continue? If yes, does he receive some sort of ...
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How do fabrics, impermeability, buoyancy, and swimwear length enhance a swimmer's performance?

In 2008, Speedo launched the LZR Racer, a high-tech swimwear. Since high-tech swimwear were launched, over 130 world records have been broken. As a result, FINA, the International Swimming ...
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How does golf technology compensate for the “groove rule” for golf clubs?

Question Can V-grooves replicate the performance of U-grooves via golf technology? In other words: How does golf technology compensate for the "groove rule" for golf clubs? Information The United ...
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Has a team ever lost on purpose to get better draft picks?

As much as I am into sports, I really have no knowledge about basketball, perhaps due to the low-profile of the sport in the UK. However, today I've been reading up a little on the subject and have a ...
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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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Why do Olympic soccer teams need to be U-23?

Why do Olympic soccer teams need to be under the age of 23? Are there any exceptions about age restriction? Are there any differences between men and women?
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Why is NFL season significantly shorter compared to most other sports?

I am not sure but if I remember correctly the NFL teams play 15-16 games during regular season and a couple more in the play-offs if they can make it the whole way. Why such a short season, in ...
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How long should I expect a golf glove to last before wearing out?

I currently play with a Nike DuraFeel golf glove on my leading hand. It's practical, it works, and it fits "like a glove" (as in perfectly; not too tight but nothing to spare). Sometimes I'll glove ...
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Why did Fernando Torres win the Golden Boot at Euro 2012?

Euro 2012 has now ended. Why has Fernando Torres won the golden boot when the following players also had 3 goals? Mario Gomez (Germany) Alan Dzagoyev (Russia) Mario Mandzukic (Croatia) Mario ...
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What do Spain get for winning Euro 2012?

So Spain, the winners of Euro 2012, now have a UEFA Trophy in their hands and a handful of winners medals for good measure. But, are there any additional benefits/ prizes of winning the European Cup?
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Why are tennis players active in multiple events during a Grand Slam?

Now Wimbledon is going on for over a week, I wonder why some players enter mutliple events on the same Grand Slam, e.g. the Williams sisters that in the past participated in the Women's Singles and ...
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What is a Golden set? and what is the difference with Bagel set?

What is a Golden set on tennis? Is there a tennis player who won a golden set? What is the difference between Golden set and Bagel set?
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What are those blue stripes or patches on Balotelli's back?

I've seen a lot of players with those blue stripes or patches like Balotelli wore in the Italy - Germany Euro 2012 semi-final: What are those stripes / patches/ tapes?
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Soccer “Shot” VS Hockey “Shot”

When a player shoots the ball in soccer, it's counted as a "shot" regardless of whether it goes wide, gets saved by the goalie, or goes in as a goal. However, in hockey, a shot is only counted as a "...
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How is The location of the US Open determined?

I know that there are several locations that have hosted the US Open many times. How is the location determined? Are there criteria that a course must meet to be considered?
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Differences between NBA and European/FIBA/Olympic basketball rules

I recall about zone defense and travelling being major differences but I'm sure there are more small differences.
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Why can't MLB teams trade draft picks?

Why can't MLB teams trade draft picks like the NHL or NFL? It would make for much more interesting drafts, and teams could "stock up" on young talent, then burn picks for veterans to make a playoff ...
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Why do the 5th and 6th officials need magic wands, and what do they do?

The 5th and 6th officials (if that's what they're called) that run the goal line in Euro 2012 can be seen holding "wands" in their hands; Does anyone know what they are?

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