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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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What are the key differences to my game with different racquet sizes?

I am in the market for a new tennis racquet and have been out of the loop for a while. When I bought my last racquet the oversized heads were all the rage but now they seem to have returned back to a ...
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Drills to prevent standing up on the downswing

After a few years off, I'm getting an interest in golf again. My main problem, after getting a few basic pointers correcting my stance and backswing from a clubfitter I was working with to find the ...
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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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Would a catch that rebounded off a flying bird be a fair catch in Cricket?

Lets say a batsman hits a shot and in midway it hits a bird in the air and then as soon as it hits the bird, the ball starts falling down and is caught by a fielder, will the batsman be given out? I ...
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In baseball, can a player be replaced during an at-bat?

In baseball, a player can replaced by any other player who hasn't yet appeared in the game. Can this replacement be made after a player has started batting and is still at the plate?
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Which factors have been most prominent in the switching of codes amongst professional players?

It is not uncommon for professional sportsmen to switch from one football code to another. Specifically considering the move from Rugby League to Rugby Union and vice-versa, what have been the most ...
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How does the interference call work in american football?

I try to follow american football as much as I can, but having lived my whole life in Europe it's not something you get exposed to alot. So I had to decipher the game by myself. One particular rule ...
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Snowboarding in powdery trees

I have been snowboarding for 10 years on and off and would consider myself intermediate. I am confident on all runs and most off piste situations but as soon as I get in tight trees with powder, I ...
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What are the steps a draftee takes to make it to the big leagues?

Let's say a player is drafted in the 2012 draft. What is the intermediate process for him getting a call to the Major League team that drafted him?
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What was the fastest 147 break before Ronnie O'Sullivan?

In the 1997 World Championship of Snooker, Ronnie O'Sullivan recorded the fastest maximum break in a time of 5 mins and 20 seconds. However, who was the record-holder and with what time before O'...
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Should there be no foot sound when jogging?

I heard that when jogging/running that there should be no foot thud sounds when landing. Is it true?
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Positioning of fielders in cricket

In a test match is there any rule that minimum number of fielders should be present on the off side or the leg side.
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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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Do caution laps count in average speed?

Often, when reporting the results of an automobile race, one will see a driver's average speed given. Does this average speed include caution laps, or are they discounted for the purposes of ...
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When a quarterback sees a reciever/cornerback mismatch, what is the correct throw? [closed]

I was arguing this with my friend. He claims that if a quarterback sees that his receiver is much faster, he should throw a quick pass and let the receiver juke his way past the cornerback. My ...
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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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What are the benefits of interlocking the fingers on club grip?

When holding my clubs, I have always adopted a "baseball bat" style grip. I've played like this for a few years and haven't had any noticeable issues. However, a lot of players, both pro and amateur,...
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Are cyclists inconvenienced by support car exhausts?

During a road bicycle race, like Giro d'Italia or Tour de France, cyclists have to share the road with the support cars and often ride just behind them. Don’t they mind the exhausts from the cars, or ...
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Ball touching the ground during a catch in cricket

If a fielder takes a catch and the ball touches the ground (ball is in hand only, but it’s touching the ground at the same time), is it considered as out?
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How many distinct ways are there to get out in cricket?

Recently I attended an interview, in which the interviewer asked me how many types of out are there in cricket. I counted on my fingers and said 6. He said it was wrong and told me that there are a ...
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What is the purpose of drafting in nascar races?

Is there any strategy or reason to draft another car in NASCAR races?
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Decision after draw in extra time in field hockey

I saw a play-off match in some national field-hockey league and the match ended with the teams level. I always thought that draws were decided based on a penalty series (like soccer). In this case ...
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Can a football (soccer) league decide to use video review?

As a fan of ice hockey, I've become accustomed to the benefits of video review. The NHL does it right. There is one VAR room where all video reviews are done for the entire league, which leads to a ...
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When selecting a bow, how can I find out what a good poundage for me would be?

I currently have a 30 pound bow which is rather light for me, and I'd like to purchase a new one. I'm guessing 45-50#, but I'm not sure. I'm thinking 60# would probably be too heavy (trying to ...
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How does the rise in popularity of fantasy sports affect league ticket sales?

I've seen some guesswork on the web around the economic impact fantasy sports has had on tv viewership and general product sales. However, I can't find any hard research on what the effect on ticket ...
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Can the second-to-last defender cause an offside by leaving the field of play?

I had a little conversation one of my football friends and we had this interesting situation come up during the conversation. As I understand the offside rule, the offending player should not be ...
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Use of the Disabled List

At times Major League Baseball teams place an underperforming player on the DL (Disabled List). It seems the DL would be meant for players who are injured and or are returning from injury. Why aren't ...
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Why are large MLB contracts backloaded?

Many MLB contracts are backloaded. For example, Alex Rodriguez will be making over $30 million USD per year at the end of his deal in 2017, much higher than the average annual value. I understand ...
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Why do many franchises sign long-term TV deals

Many teams sign long-term local TV deals of 10 years or more. Many times these deals end up being poor and below market-value after a few years. The Pittsburg Pirates deal being a good example (only ...
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What baseball rules or calls have become customary despite them not being in the rule book?

There are some rules in Major League Baseball that have "evolved" over time. One such example is the checked swing rule. Announcers talk about the bat "breaking the plane of the plate" to judge ...
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Batting the pitcher 8th

I've seen some managers bat their pitchers 8th. Tony LaRussa was one of the more noticeable ones. Is this move statistically sound? Why or why not? Ignore cases like Dontrelle Willis early in his ...
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Technology in Baseball

Since the early 2000's digital cameras have been installed by MLB in stadiums to enhance broadcasting/media as well as to review the performance of home plate umpires during baseball games. According ...
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Under what conditions can a player take a quick throw-in in rugby union?

I've read the rules at irblaws but I'm still confused: over there the most binding condition stated is "A player must not take a quick throw-in after the lineout has formed", but quite often it ...
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Double Minor Penalty Kill Counts as 1 or 2 Kills?

In NHL hockey when you receive a double minor penalty (4:00 penalty given for example high sticking leading to bleeding) does this count as 2 separate penalty kills if no goals are scored during the 4 ...
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Preventing a player from playing a specific position via suspension

In Major League Baseball, any player can play any position. This seems to be the main reason a Pitcher is suspended with the same standard suspension as a position player. This despite a pitcher's ...
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Suspending a pitcher for misconduct

For an everyday player the standard 5 game suspension for misconduct certainly hurts both the player and the team as a whole. Whereas, the same standard 5 game suspension for pitcher doesn't even ...
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Winning despite walking

What is the MLB record for the most walks (bases on balls) allowed in a single game (9 inning game) by a pitcher who ultimately still recorded the win?
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Who implemented the first infield shift?

Today many MLB teams utilize numerous types of defensive alignments depending on the batter in order to gain a defensive advantage. Which MLB manager was the first to implement an infield shift for ...
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MLB near perfect game

To throw a perfect game a pitcher would have to get 27 batters out in a row. How many times in MLB history has a pitcher had 26 strait outs only to allow the would be final batter to reach base?
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MLB no-hitter resulting in loss

According to Major League Baseball an official no-hitter consists of a pitcher having pitched at least 9 innings while allowing 0 hits. In MLB history has a team lost while having a pitcher throw an ...
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What is the broadcast etiquette when a pitcher has a perfect game?

When a pitcher has a no-hitter or perfect game going there is a lot of superstition and etiquette surrounding what goes on in the field of play and in the dugout. The pitcher is expected to always sit ...
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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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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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What is the world record in high jump if you allow taking off on both feet?

The current world record in normal high jump is 2.45 metres, set by Javier Sotomayor in 1993. I read somewhere that in normal high jump, jumpers must take off on one foot. But if you relax the rules ...
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How come Belarus played 4–5 against Finland on IIHF World Championships?

In yesterday’s game BLR–FIN, at 59:16 with Belarus trailing 0–1, Belarussian player injured a Finnish player with a high stick, and received double minor penalty (2+2) for that. However, during the ...
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Why did newly formed Premiership and FA agree on the promotion system?

The Premiership was founded when 22 clubs left from The Football League and formed a new association football club. All clubs left for more television money and threatened for some years before the ...
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What kind of impact does a full season suspension of a major player have on an NFL team?

Recently Jonathan Vilma was sidelined by the NFL for the entire 2012 season. Vilma is an impact player on the Saints' defense. What measurable impact does a full season suspension (or injury, like ...
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Why is Cricket called Cricket? [closed]

My daughter and I were playing softball and on the next field were a bunch of guys playing cricket. She asked me Why is Cricket called Cricket? I had no idea and figured this was a good place to ...

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