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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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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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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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What actions are taken by FIFA/UEFA against what's known as filming or diving

It seems to me that modern football is suffering from the kind of unsportsmanly behavior of diving which became all the more common, perhaps with the recent success of southern European teams/nations. ...
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Timekeeping before modern technology

During the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing, China, Michael Phelps won his 7th gold medal of that Olympics by defeating Milorad Čavić by 0.01 seconds. However, there was controversy that Čavić finished ...
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How do I get distance out of a fairway bunker?

I'm a long-time watcher and a short-time player of golf. Whilst only a beginner, I am actually fairly good at getting out of greenside bunkers. I open the club face, I aim an inch behind the ball ...
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Are all oval-track races done counter-clockwise? If so, why?

It seems to me that every type of race on an oval track moves in a counter-clockwise direction. Off the top of my head, I know that this happens in: auto racing of any kind roller derby horse racing ...
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What is BABIP in Baseball, and what does it tell us?

How does one get a high/low BABIP? Is this statistic for hitters and/or pitchers? What does a high/low BABIP mean? Definition: BABIP = (Hits - Homeruns) / (At Bats - Strikeouts - Homeruns + ...
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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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NFL 6th (consecutive) year captain patch

Since 2007, many NFL teams incorporated a "C" patch for team captains, and the number of gold stars filled in represents the number of consecutive years a player has been captain for his team(1). If ...
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Stars on football players' shirts

I know that the number of stars on a football team's shirt shows how many times they were champion. For football clubs it corresponds to their continental champions league. But what about national ...
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What percent of corner kicks turn into goals?

I have looked around for this statistic without luck. I just wondered what percentage of corner kicks actually result in a goal? Not necessarily straight in, but from the same passage of play. I have ...
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Why do Rangers need to win support of 7 of the other 11 clubs in the SPL?

Rangers were bought by Charles Green's consortium last week and it has formed a new company that will have to re-apply for SPL membership. But no date has yet been set for the vote, where Rangers ...
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How does UEFA spend its profits from broadcasting rights?

In light of the fact that anyone who wants to watch Euro 2012 games has to pay UEFA (either pay directly through pay-for-view, or pay indirectly though the cable company), I am interested in knowing ...
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Do players get yellow cards when they remove their jersey during celebrations?

If a player receives a first caution (yellow card) during the game and the same player scores a goal and removes his jersey will he be dismissed from the field of play and shown a red card?
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Why did Greece go through over Russia in Euro 2012?

Given that both Greece and Russia were tied on 4 points, with Russia having +2 goal difference and Greece having +0, why did Greece finish higher than Russia (and thus progress to the knock-out stages)...
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How do different skate wheel setups affect performance?

I've seen inline skates (for speed skating mostly) in a wide variety of set-ups w/r/t wheel diameter: OOOO: 4x100; 4x110 (typical) OOO: 3x110 (a Powerslide model) OOoO: 3x100+1x90; 3x110+1x100 (again ...
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What should a referee do if he physically obstructs a player?

In the Euro 2012 match between Spain and Ireland, the referee actually ended up tackling down a player who was receiving the ball from his defense and moving off to dribble through the incoming ...
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What makes US Open golf courses difficult?

The scores at the 2012 US Open seem pretty bad, after the first round only five players were under par. Looking at the previous major tournament, The Masters in April, there were 28 players under par ...
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Are home-born managers more successful in international soccer?

As far as managers of international squads go, there are some achieving great success (Vicente del Bosque for instance) and others not as successful (Steve McClaren, among others). Is there any ...
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What are the main safety risks of fencing?

I want to try fencing with a friend, but I think he may be worried about safety. What are the main injury risks for fencing and how common are they?
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Managing split tees in golf

This week at golf's US Open, groups are teeing off the 1st and 9th holes. This is because the 9th tee is closer to the clubhouse than the 10th tee (i.e. logistics). Split tees usually have groups tee ...
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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 can I correct hooking my driver?

As of yesterday, I had zeroed in on the driver I wanted for Father's Day; the Callaway Diablo Octane. My local store has an indoor driving range with computerized shot analysis. So, I picked the demo ...
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Was Jelavić's goal offside?

Nikica Jelavić was clearly in an offside position when he received the ball and scored, in Croatia's 3-1 win over Ireland, for Euro 2012. Having received the ball through one of Ireland's defenders ...
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New bike = new pain. Solution: Training or bike fitting [closed]

I've never been much of a bicyclist, but recently I finally broke down and bought a new road bicycle (Specialized Allez model). The sales tech sized me with the bike, made a few adjustments at time ...
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Why does safety car start at the end of the racing grid?

During the start of a Formula 1 race, the safety car is positioned behind the cars, and it starts together with them. Why is that (why does the safety car not wait outside the track like it does for ...
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Qualification decision in group stages when everything is equal

Consider a football (soccer) tournament has a group stage, where for example teams are divided into groups of four and the first and second teams will qualify to the next round. If all games end with ...

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