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Difference between leg-spin & flipper

What is the difference between Leg spinner's leg-spin & Flipper?
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How Pakistan will qualify for semi finals in world cup 2019?

The Current Standings for the world cup 2019 are as follows: I simply want to know that how Pakistan could qualify for semi-finals the after India is defeated by England. But I can not understand ...
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Accompanying children for national anthem

Before the beginning of every cricket match, I have seen each and every player from both the sides are accompanied by a child. Why exactly are they accompanied by children ?
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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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Is there a rule in football that caps the amount of transfer money paid by a team for a player?

I am just baffled by the way that players like De Bruyne, Sterling etc are costing huge amounts of money for the clubs. I personally don't feel that these players are worth this much. Also Juventus ...
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What causes the imbalance where back points towards the side after serving?

I am analysing the serving here where the player gets angular momentum not towards the field but to the side. where you see back pointing towards the side, bad. In comparison Federer 1m12s gets the ...
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How is lucky loser decided in WTA tournaments?

Lucky loser used to be chosen as the highest ranked players among unsuccessful finalist of qualifying competition. Not so long ago ATP changed this rule in such way that lucky loser is chosen randomly ...
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What is the maximum runs allowed to take by running between the wickets? [duplicate]

What is the maximum number of runs allowed to take by running between the wickets per ball including overthrows in international cricket? If a batsman doubted that he or his partner didn't get reach ...
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Who will take strike for this particular situation, when striker is out Caught in the boundary?

Today while we were playing, we had a following situation, Striker hits the ball and gets caught in the boundary Non-Striker crossed the center of the pitch and the Striker too. Striker is out of ...
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Is a batsman out when any of his things slip away and hit the stumps? [duplicate]

Is a batsman out if his helmet, bat or any of his equipment slip away from him and hit the stumps?It always confuses me
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How do the different court surfaces at the majors affect the games and mix of players?

There have been a number of dominant tennis players in history who have won the "Grand Slam," that is, victories in all four opens, Australian, French, Wimbledon, and U.S. Opens, under varying ...
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What proportion of NHL hat tricks are natural?

In sports such as football and hockey, a hat trick is an event where a player scores 3 goals in a game. In the NHL, a hat trick is said to be a natural hat trick, when a player scores 3 goals in a ...
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Caught behind by wicket Keeper - Who takes strike?

If the batsman is caught behind by the wicket keeper and the non-striking batsman runs and reaches the batting end, does the batting end change? In our match the batsman was out caught behind, and ...
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“Hit the ball twice” in cricket, so does that means that batsman can hit the ball twice?

As per the name its like Hit the ball twice, so does that means a batsman can hit the ball twice, I mean the same delivery can b played twice?
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Same footwork in the volley-returning serve as in the basic volley near the net?

This question originated from the larger question here about returning aggressive serves. So Is the footwork in the volley-returning serve the same as in the basic volley near the net?
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Returning a blocked extra point for a score: who kicks off to whom?

Suppose an extra point gets blocked, and the defense returns it for two points. Who kicks off to whom? The defense who just scored the two points, or the offense who scored the TD?
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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 the on-field role of the captain?

After watching the John Terry "stripped of captaincy" episode in the England national football team, my question is what exactly does the captain do on the field? The team tactics are decided by the ...
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Why does a foul ball not count as a third strike?

From the Wikipedia entry for foul ball A strike is issued for the batter if he had fewer than two strikes ... A strike is, however, recorded for the pitcher for every foul ball the batter hits, ...
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Red and black side of table tennis raquet

There's a red and a black side on a table tennis raquet. Does the color of the side have any significance? E.g. is the black side suppose to be used for the forehand and the red side used for the ...
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Why is the referee treated so different in soccer and rugby

Recently, in Dutch amateur football, a linesmen died after being attacked by players. This terrible news was directly the reason for the Dutch football association, KNVB, to apply some rules with ...
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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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Most number of extra-time Goals

On 30-Oct-2012, Arsenal defeated Reading with an incredible score of 7-5. A more astonishing fact is that 4 goals were scored in Extra-time. Is this the record for the most number of goals in extra-...
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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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Are referees biased toward the home team?

Inspired by this question but hopefully different enough to warrant a different question. I often hear fans complaining that the "home team always gets the calls", which means that more fouls are ...
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How does one get 5 points in a football game?

During today's Niners vs Seahawks game, the score by the end of the first half was 0-5. What I don't understand is how the Seahawks scored 5 points. My understanding of football is : 6 points for a ...
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How does FIFA rank national teams?

Which stats are taken into account when ranking a team? How are the points distributed? I've been wondering recently about how strange it is that the present ranking puts Columbia at the 3rd position ...
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What was the motivation behind the removal of wrestling from the Olympics?

I wonder why wrestling was removed from the Olympics without any public discussion. I do not follow wrestling on a regular basis but considering that it has been one of the oldest sports in the world ...
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Theoretically, what is the maximum number of times any two English Premier League teams can play each other in a single season?

Assuming that the two teams are eligible for every available competition, and including every scenario (such as cup replays, etc.), what would be the maximum number of times that two teams from the ...
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Who gets Super Bowl rings?

When a team wins the Super Bowl, there are a lot of players and organizational members that helped in the process. For each team playing this year, there are multiple players on injured reserve that ...
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What is the purpose of the eligible reciever rules?

I do not know a lot about American Football, but I enjoy watching games from time to time. The other day I saw a penalty given for a player catching a pass but being an ineligible receiver. I had not ...
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Sinking opponent's ball

In 8-ball, if you sink the opponent's ball while sinking your own, do you keep playing, hand over play, or is it considered a foul?
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Why are NFL hash marks closer than NCAA hash marks?

Typically as you move up to more competitive levels of a sport, elements are adjusted to account for the increase of skill/speed/power of better players. NBA 3-point line is farther from hoop than ...
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Can a pitcher also be a designated hitter?

Suppose an American League Team ended up with a good-hitting pitcher e.g Yovani Gallardo, or from an earlier era, Ken Brett, who had established this reputation in the National League. Could such a ...
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Can I use my hand to hit the ball on table tennis?

I've read in somebody's comment in another question: USA Table Tennis rules: 2.5.7 A player strikes the ball if s/he touches it in play with his/her racket, held in the hand, or with his/her ...
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Different Badminton Grip and Weight Types

Over the years I've used many badminton rackets, with a wide variety of code numbering placed at the beginning of the shaft: G4/3U G2/2U Can somebody give me detailed information about the ...
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When and why did baseball players start exclusively running the bases counterclockwise?

In modern baseball, the players always run around the bases counterclockwise (anticlockwise). However, a book written in the 1830's - one of the first to describe the version of the sport we know ...
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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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Is taking a step before dribbling the ball a travel?

I've recently started playing basketball and was wondering about some of the comments made about this (pretty cool) NBA commercial featuring LeBron James. It looks like he takes 1 step after receiving ...
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Where did the term “soccer” originate? [closed]

It seems that currently America is one of the only countries that uses the term "soccer" to refer to what the rest of the world calls "football". What caused the Americans to start using this term ...
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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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Has the practice of retiring numbers ever become a problem?

Some professional sports teams retire numbers in honor of exceptional players. If practiced frequently enough by an old team, such a practice would be unsustainable. You'd run out of numbers. More ...
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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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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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What happens if a basketball stops on the rim as time expires?

In Game 5 of the first-round playoff series between the Memphis Grizzlies and the Los Angeles Clippers, Tony Allen's layup attempt stopped on the back of the rim: youtube This is ruled a jump ball. ...
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What type of individual player incentives are allowed in the NFL?

Recently, ESPN (and others) reported that the New Orleans Saints had instituted a "bounty" program. This program awarded players for inflicting game-ending injuries against the opposing ...
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Can a player get his second yellow card while being replaced? What happens then?

In football, a yellow card can be given to a player when he/she is losing time on purpose. Typically, a team wining the match will make changes on the last minutes to lose some extra time: the player ...
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How are the uniform colours determined in the World Cup?

Choosing jersey and shorts colours for all concerned seems to be a reasonably complicated process: each team has a set of colours they consider theirs (from their flag, or associated with them) any ...
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Which Marathons to run? [closed]

For many years, one of my major "running" dreams have been to run the New York Marathon - the bridges, the people and the grand background. But I recently found out that the "qualifying time standards"...
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Improving 7 vs 7 team and strategy

I am part of a team that plays in an amateur league that also has a playoff at the end of the season. Our team is consisting of fit players that are not very tall but can run around a lot. However, ...

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