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Is hiding the ball allowed in football?

Imagine all our football team except one player form a tight circle, with our hands on the shoulders of the people next to us. Inside the circle there is the eleventh person with the ball. The whole "...
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How are the kids who walk with players into a football match selected?

This question has been on my mind for quite some time. Before a football match starts, be it the Premier League or international, the players of either teams walk in usually with a kid dressed in ...
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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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Squash - what is wrong with my grip?

Whenever I hit the ball hard especially when I miss the sweet spot my racket is dislodged slightly in my hand. The problem is intensified when my hand becomes sweaty and the accuracy of my shots ...
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Color of the sprint jersey in Tour de Suisse?

Tour de Suisse has two separate jerseys for sprints competition (based only on points from intermediate sprints) and points competition (where the points obtained from placement in stages are included;...
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Are there currently any clubs that have more European titles than domestic titles (excluding minor domestic titles)?

In the years between its victories in the 1993 European Supercup and the 2001-02 Coppa Italia, the club formerly known as Parma A.C. had the rare distinction of having more European titles than ...
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Man of the Match award for two players

Is it possible to give player of the match award to more than one player, when the stats and performances of more than one player (from the same team) equals the same? If yes, any history for the ...
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Why did Manuel Neuer leave the goal post and come to the midfield position in group qualifiers?

In the do or die match between Germany and South Korea in 2018 FIFA World Cup group stage, after conceding one goal, the German goalkeeper came forward to attack, leaving the goal post empty. Due to ...
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How to make running intervals more challenging as I improve?

I have access to a treadmill, and living in the Northeast during the winter time I generally prefer to run indoors from December through about March. I do occasional long runs, but the goal of my ...
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What is a record for a football player in converting consecutive penalties in official matches?

Various sources mentioned that Mario Balotelli recently missed a penalty for the first time in his career (in a professional match). For example here: Balotelli has never failed to convert any of ...
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Rules for Orange and Purple Caps in IPL

In IPL, Orange and Purple caps are awarded to the highest run scorer and highest wicket taker. I have three questions on this topic. If more than one player has equal stats (highest runs or wickets),...
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Why do basketball players wipe their hands on their shoes?

I see them do this all the time during basketball games, for some weird reason. It seems so unsanitary, considering they're running all over the place and wiping their hands there. I thought maybe it'...
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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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How can I avoid slicing with my driver?

I am having a problem when I am hitting with my driver off the tee. I tend to slice the ball almost every time! Because of that I just use an iron instead which usually go pretty straight and is more ...
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What is the actual waiver wire?

Saw a tweet from Adam Shefter, an ESPN NFL Insider, regarding Peyton Manning being released: Still no NFL waiver wire, so any team reaching out to Peyton Manning now would be violating the rules. ...
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Why do footballers (and coaches) cover their mouth when speaking to each other?

You can see this for instance when players discuss a free kick, or talk to the referee, or when talking to a colleague on the pitch. I understand the fear of being spied on by someone and ...
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Is pitch tampering legal?

I have seen a video where the goalkeeper have tampered the pitch so that the striker slips while attempting the penalty strike. (I don't recall the game, but it's from the German leagues). The ...
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How can a journalist know so much information on athletes?

How can a journalist find so much information and statistics about athletes during the competition, in sports like tennis/athletics/swimming in World Champions or the Olympic Games or other events? ...
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What is the record for the most family members competing in the same Olympic Games?

Lily, Liina and Leila Luik are sisters from Estonia who could be the first set of identical triplets to compete in the Olympics Has it ever happened in the Olympic history that 3 members of the same ...
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The 100 mph barrier

How many bowlers have broken the 100 mile an hour barrier when bowling in international cricket (ODI and Tests only)?
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What kind of snowboard would you recommend for a first board?

I'm currently at an intermediate level of snowboarding. I can comfortably carve the snow and can make my way down easy/intermediate hills without falling. I think it's time that I stop using rentals ...
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What team has the shortest “longest losing streak” within a season in MLB history?

Don't know if the wording of the title makes sense, but I want to know what team had the longest losing streak that was the shortest in MLB history (or at least the live ball era) A completely made ...
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What happens in a penalty shoot out if the ball goes outside the area, then into the goal?

If in a penalty shoot out the ball hits the goalpost and lobs outside the penalty area and then returns back into the goal without touching any player, will it be considered a goal or not? Please ...
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Origin of this generic hockey photo

In my experience, whenever some group, company or organization wants to feature an image of hockey in their print or display media, they use the generic image below that seems to come from an actual ...
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NFL standings: 8-6-2 team vs 9-7-0 team?

Are they considered to have the same records? One should just apply tie-breaking procedures? NFL rules say: If, at the end of the regular season, two or more clubs in the same division finish with ...
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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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How does the effectively-free pitstop work during the safety car?

In Formula 1, in the event of a safety car appearing, you often see cars racing to the pits in order to get a pit stop which is effectively free. How does this circumstance result in the pitstop ...
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Is table tennis based on tennis?

According to Wikipedia, tennis was first played sometime between 1859 and 1865, and table tennis was first played in the 1880s. I tried to do some research online, but couldn't find an answer. Was ...
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Which athletes were the first to break the color barriers in hockey?

Ice hockey, by nature of being a sport developed by British colonialists, has largely been made up of teams of people who can trace their ancestry to the British isles, the Nordic regions of Europe, ...
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What are the advantages/disadvantages of the triangle formation?

Based on limited research that I've done recently, it seems that the triangle formation is an attacking formation used primarily by midfielders to advance the ball by forming a rotating triangle ...
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Can you hit a football when the goalkeeper is touching it?

When the ball is on the ground and goalkeeper has put a hand on top of the ball, can the attacker hit the ball away from under the goalkeeper's hand? The goalkeeper just got to the ball. They aren't ...
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Why are left arm spinners called differently?

Right arm spinners are either off spinners or leg spinners. But left arm spinners are refered to as chinaman and orthodox. They are never refered to as off spinners or leg spinners. Why are left arm ...
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Which workouts will most help my ball handling skills?

I'm looking for some type of training exercise or workout that will help my ball handling ability. I know that it is not a good idea to try to increase muscle mass, but instead try to work on your "...
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Are the gender differences in Olympic uniforms simply a style choice? Whose choice?

There are a number of sports in the Olympics where men and women do similar things in very different outfits: from http://olympic.ca/sports/artistic/ from http://olympic.ca/sports/beach-volleyball/ ...
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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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What kind of sea kayak is OK to use in rough waters?

I just started kayaking last year and we puchased two kayaks, one 14' and one 13'. We have had great trips building our skills in lakes and in protected areas of the puget sound. We would like to try ...
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Why do the balls used in rugby and American football have a similar shape?

Is there any reason for the fact that rugby and American football share this (quite unusual) ball shape?   Do they have common roots? Does the American football ball come from the rugby one (...
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Is it possible to effectively practice zone defence in basketball if you don't have 10 people?

How would you practice basketball zone defence with less than 10 people available? I understand that you can put 5 on defence and the rest available in offence but it simply would not produce as much ...
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In NCAA Basketball what does it mean to be 1 and 1?

I'm a bit unfamiliar with foul rules. Correct me if my assumption is wrong. So a team has to give a certain number of fouls up a half before they're 1 and 1? Does that mean each point or free throw ...
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Swimming and respiratory infections [closed]

This is a serious athletic training issue that affects me and certain of my athletes: some swimmers are prone to ENT and respiratory infections such as in the ear, sinuses, throat and lungs. Last ...
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Does Vatican participate in any International sports?

Does Vatican participate or ever participated in any international sports as a country ? If participated I would like to know the details of some recent events.
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Are consecutive let (net services) allowed?

Is a point awarded to my opponent if I serve two lets in a row? Or can I serve as many let serve as I want until one of my services is legal or illegal?
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When does a point count as a winner and when as unforced error?

The tennis statistics at the end of a set always show the number of winners and unforced errors of the players. But when does a point count as a winner and when as unforced error?
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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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Should players in the wall jump to defend a free kick?

Sometimes all players in the wall will jump to prevent the ball being kicked over the wall. This then leaves a gap at the bottom, through which a low shot can pass, and through which Ronaldinho scored ...
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What happens if the ball is bounced into the basket?

What happens when I bounce-pass the ball into the basket, like in a circus shot? Does this count as a successful basket?
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What is “Strength of Victory”?

The NFL lists the following Tiebreaking Procedures to break ties within a division: Head-to-head (best won-lost-tied percentage in games between the clubs). Best won-lost-tied percentage in games ...
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Do traded players get their names on the Stanley Cup if previous team wins?

So, I would assume the answer to this question is "No", but I can't actually verify it anywhere. The criteria for getting your name on the cup is to play at least 41 regular season games for the cup ...
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Are there any size limits on the squad size for international cricket match series?

I often see the cricket team squads for a tournament/series contain 15 players. From those 15, playing eleven would be sorted for each match. But, for the India's tour of South Africa 2013, Indian ...
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What happens to the runner if he misses a base after hitting a homerun?

Scenario: No one on base. 2 outs. Batter hits a homerun. However, while rounding the bases, completely misses stepping on second base. Now, I understand that being a home run, it's a dead ball, and ...

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