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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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How is the slashing rule enforced in hockey?

From the NHL rulebook: 61.1 Slashing - Slashing is the act of a player swinging his stick at an opponent, whether contact is made or not. Non-aggressive stick contact to the pant or front of the ...
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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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Does MLB rookie status include postseason play?

From the MLB rule book, the rule states: Determining rookie status: A player shall be considered a rookie unless, during a previous season or seasons, he has (a) exceeded 130 at-bats or 50 ...
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Player insurance

Do professional sports teams around the world usually insure their players against injury so that if they lose the player's services, their salary is at least partially covered? If there is no ...
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How would I train for a sport such as orienteering?

How would I train as a young semi-elite orienteer? I have some idea of the amount I should do but I do not know how I should spread it across the week. Should I group my training in the middle of the ...
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Do squad limitations help national teams?

Some nations have regulations limiting the squad selections in various ways, such as total number of foreign players or a minimum number of "home-grown" players. In Serie A and La Liga I believe there ...
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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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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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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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What are side shields on ballistic eyewear seen in recent Olympics shooting?

Please, notice the side shields at this goggles (image taken from Olympics video which can be found here, shown @ 2:48). There were multiple such things shown during that contest and they definitely ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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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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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 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 can a 3rd college quarterback be found if two are injured?

As colleges can't sign a new player like an NFL team can, what do they do if two or three of their starting QBs go down? Is there a rule that lets them get new players or do they have to play their ...
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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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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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Are all of the lines on a tennis court the same width?

I was at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden for the BNP Paribas Open and took the following photo of center court. The end lines appear to be thicker than the other lines (including the service line). My ...
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What is the practical difference between traditional and “toe” snowboard bindings?

Here's an equipment question. What is the real practical/effective difference between these two types of snowboard bindings: "Traditional" (over the foot): "Toe": What sort of effect do these ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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How does drifting work?

I have seen drifting in many movies, and, in fact, one of the fast and furious movies was dedicated specifically to drifting (Tokyo drift) How exactly does drifting work? What does the driver ...
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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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How to keep legs volume when becoming a runner? [closed]

I've got into running and I love it! but the size of my legs ( the muscles that is ) is reducing every month. What can I do to increase the muscle mass and at the same time keep running. I run ...
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Any recommend José Mourinho biography book? [closed]

I'm interested in José Mourinho , currently Real Madrid C.F. Football Manager, and I would like to know more about him. Is there a biography or any suggested reading on this guy?
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How does having a pacesetter help set a record?

Often pacesetters are used to set the correct pace to help break a record. For cyclists there is an obvious physical advantage in running in a group, as those in the middle/back of the group have ...
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How to attack zone defense?

What gameplays do you use to attack a zone defense, and specially 2-1-2 type? And how do you work it in practice? I usually practice it with game situation, but are there some exercises to develop ...
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Tactics to counter pushing

What are the best tactics to use against a player who uses excessive pushing? I play with a group of about 20 guys each week without a referee. Every now and then a player will come along who relies ...
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What players have the highest vertical reach [closed]

What players currently playing in the NBA (2011-12) have the highest measured vertical reach? And what players historically have had the highest vertical reach? I find lots of rumours on the net, ...
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Are there any Oval Track races in Europe? [closed]

In the US we seem to prefer oval races with high-speed banked turns to the street courses that seem to be favored in Europe. Are there any "superspeedway" tracks in europe?
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What is the advantage of wearing polyester for basketball?

Basketball uniforms are usually made out of polyester. What advantage does polyester have over, say, cotton for playing basketball? I personally did not feel any different whether wearing polyester or ...
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Achieving the optimal strike in squash: Is the wrist involved at all?

I am a sports enthusiast who has tried out many ball sports through-out my life with years of training in football (read: "soccer" if you are American) and basketball, as well as many hours of ...
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What does it take to earn the International Certificate of Competence?

What does it take to pass the ICC? Must you be willing to sail through the Mediterranean or hold a skipper license? An International Certificate of Competence (ICC) is a certificate which may be ...
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When can I start to let my child attend to archery course?

I don't have skills in archery but I am interested in introducing my children to archery via archery schools. I heard that archery is a good sport that will increase our focus power and our control ...
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In college sports, why is permission needed to recruit other coaches?

It seems a big deal is made about athletic directors getting permission before recruiting other schools' coaches. Is this based on some rule or is it more of a professional courtesy? And under what ...
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Why do we have to wait for the goal line technology to be put into practice [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Why is FIFA against adding instant replay to the game? After watching England's world cup match i was eagerly waiting for FIFA to introduce the goal line technology. But it ...
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What are the main advantages of sit-on-top kayaks? What makes them so popular?

I own a 5.18m Sea-Kayak. Obviously a sit-in type with a watertight spray skirt. It has two hatches which also close to not let water in, even if forcibly submerged. On my trips to other countries (...
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Hard pain for recover crease [closed]

I am have much of the time on the RECOVERY crease/s in game of friendly CRICKET How is best line for pick up of new PITCH ? I am have much problem in back where speed has very low possible I am ...
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Playing tennis without ball boy. Any tips to avoid collecting the balls so often?

I used to use all the balls that I have, only if there is no one playing at the area. But if there are other people playing at the area, I don't want the balls mixed up with others, or stolen by ...

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