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Indoor / outdoor track and field different records?

Why there are different records from indoor / outdoor performances? I mean maybe distances 200m and 400m has different tracks (with different lengths of curves and straights) but why there are two ...
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What is the significance of the Olympic logo?

I'm curious about the history and meaning of the five ring Olympic logo. When was this logo designed, and does it have any symbolic meaning?
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What is the most dangerous sport in the Winter Olympics?

The Winter Olympics, much more so than the Summer Olympics, includes lots of sports that seem dangerous. Many of the sports involve incredible speed or jumps that are not found in the Summer games. ...
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Left arm Leg Spinner - A term not used. Why?

Why is not a left arm bowler who turns the ball away from left-handed batsman not called a left arm leg spinner, just like the right arm leg spinner? A left arm bowler who turns the ball into the left ...
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What is “Carry the bat” in Cricket?

I have heard the terminology "Carry the bat" in Cricket. What does it mean? When it is used?
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What is reserve day in ODI cricket?

The match between Sri Lanka vs West Indies in Tri-Nation Series was stopped calling it as a reserve day and it continued the next day (08-07-13). What is meant by reserve day? And why ICC not ...
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Is Franco Baresi a World Cup winner?

In 1982 Franco Baresi took part of the Italian national team, but he had 0 appearances in that World Cup. Is he officially a World Cup winner? In some of his interviews he said "I only lost the World ...
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Is it a boundary or overthrows?

Consider a scenario where a fielder is chasing a ball that is running away to the boundary. He puts in a dive, gets a hand to the ball but it runs over the boundary ropes. The umpire signals a ...
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Goal Line Technology in football

Why isn't Goal Line Technology implemented? Are there any reasons why this technology is not being used in football? Rugby has had a system to make the game fair for ages, but football hasn't yet ...
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Do players lose a point in a game on purpose as part of strategy?

In a game of tennis (singles), are there any strategies where players lose a point (and thereby, a game) voluntarily so that it benefits them in the long run - like say, a serving first on the next ...
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Can a player receive a direct red card after receiving the second yellow card?

On 13th August 2017, Cristiano Ronaldo was sent off in win over Barcelona: He was given a first yellow card for removing his shirt during the celebration of a goal. A couple of minutes later, he got ...
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Possible dismissals off a noball, wide ball and free hit

I came to know that a batsman can be stumped out off a wide ball but not off a no-ball (Is it correct?) What are the possibilities to dismiss batsmen, off a noball, a wide ball, a freehit ball and ...
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Can a forward pass be thrown after a handoff made in front of the quarterback?

The quarterback hands the ball to a receiver; the handoff is in front of the quarterback but behind the line of scrimmage, which is a legal play. Can the receiver now throw a forward pass?
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Is it offside if a striker receives the ball behind all defenders and goalkeeper of the opponent?

The offside rule is between the last two players, which is usually the goalkeeper and a defender, so people just think that being in front of the last field player is not offside. But in this case, ...
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What does waived/injured mean in the NFL?

I'm relatively new to the NFL and while I understand the concept of waiving players and the waiver wire, I've seen the term "waived/injured" and was wondering what is different about that process as ...
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Interpreting table tennis racket stats

I have always been confused by the stats system that is used to rate table tennis rackets. Some companies use a three dimensional scale as: "speed", "control", "spin"; while other companies use other ...
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Can the official fastest lap of a race be set in the first lap in F1?

Actually there are many reasons that make the cars slower in the first lap of a race. Cars accelerate from 0 kph Traffic is at maximum Tyres are not at ideal temperature (still soft tyres can perform ...
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When does 12-men on the defense stop play?

I'm a bit confused about the rule for 12 men on the field in American Football when it's called on the defense. It seems like sometimes this penalty stops play and the offense does not get a chance to ...
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What is the estimated point value of deferring after winning the coin toss?

In American football, the winner of the coin toss can make a choice now (usually to receive the kick-off which starts the game), or can defer their choice to the second half (thus having the option to ...
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Offside on purpose

I’m interested in the community’s thoughts on recent events. Since it is about officiating and offside, I know there's much room for interpretation. I viewed a match at the U14 level where team A ...
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How does the NFL decide which teams play in London?

How does the NFL decide which teams play in London every season? Do any teams actually volunteer to play in London, considering the jet lag and also the fact that you might have to give up a home ...
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calculate winning percentage with a tie

How does the nfl calculate the Cincinati Bengals winning percentage with a 10-4-1 record as .700? I did the math with 14 and 15 games played and my numbers don't add up to their numbers.
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What is the closest any team has come to playing a home Super Bowl?

It's a well known fact that no team whose home stadium is hosting the Super Bowl has ever made it to the Super Bowl. My question is, which team has come the closest? (Closest in this case means how ...
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What is ball tampering in cricket?

What is "ball tampering" in cricket? How can we say ball is tampered? Any punishments for tampering? Can somebody list the name of players who were punished?
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Procedure if a football player, when sent off, refuses to leave the pitch [duplicate]

What would happen when a player, after being shown the red card, refuses to leave the pitch?
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Does any rule require MLB teams to announce probable pitchers?

In Major League Baseball, a few days before each game, each team typically announces a "probable" starting pitcher. Is there a rule requiring them to do so, or is it simply a matter of tradition or ...
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Who decides how are UEFA competitions spots divided within teams in some country?

As far as I know, UEFA allocates some number of places in the European competitions based on country coefficients. However, I have seen (if I remember correctly) various rules in various countries: ...
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What is a “football move” in the NFL?

It happens a lot: a receiver catches the ball, drops it, it is called a fumble on the field. Then there is some expert commentator giving his opinion on whether the receiver made a 'football move' ...
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Do football teams have to do their best to win?

Consider this scenario: The top two teams in the Premier League are playing their last match of the season, and either team can win the league if they win their match and the other team doesn't. Do ...
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Are you allowed to score a goal off the ground with your head to showboat?

An attacker beats the defensive line and then goes around the keeper on the edge of the penalty area, leaving them well behind. The attacker continues dribbling the ball towards their opponents' goal. ...
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Does the maiden over includes extras?

Today, Malinga bowled an over with 4 leg-byes, but it was given a maiden over. Then I searched about that and got the details as, If a bowler delivers a complete over without a run being scored ...
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LBW to a Spinners Full Toss

So, a spinner bowls a full toss. The batsman plays a shot, but misses it. The ball hits the batsman, on his crease and below shoulder height, so is definitely not a no-ball. It hits the batsman ...
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What are the roles of the various officials in badminton?

At a Badminton tournament, a lot of different officials can be seen: There are obviously line judges and umpires, but from time to time we also see other technical officials coming on court. What do ...
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How do I bake my Bauer skates?

I've bought a new pair of Bauer Supreme 170 SR skates. I'd like to bake my skates but I'd want to check the time and temperature needed. Given that the skates didn't come with any instruction or ...
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What is the difference between the ATP and the ITF?

What is the difference between the ATP world tour, and the ITF (international tennis federation)? What is the difference between the rankings of the ATP and the rankings of the ITF?
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How many tennis players have finished the year as Slam-less World No. 1?

Roger Federer is very close, theoretically & somewhat practically, to finishing the calender year as World No. 1 without winning a Grand Slam this year. How many tennis players (both men &...
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Who is awarded the assist when a receiving player deliberately leaves the ball for another player, who scores?

Who is assisting the goal, if a player [1] passes the ball to a teammate [2], who is missing the ball on purpose and is leaving it for a third player, who scores? For example, who is assisting the ...
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In what game did Luis Suárez (seemingly) try to bite his own teammate?

Here's a short clip showing Suárez apparently trying to bite his own Liverpool teammate, who was celebrating after a goal. When did this happen? Do we know any additional context that would explain ...
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Table tennis league scoring

At the office, we'd like to start a table tennis league with perpetual standings. That is, as each match is completed, the scores should be logged and individual player ratings should be adjusted ...
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What is the legal basis for fining players for out-of-game actions?

How is it that sports leagues are able to fine players for things like expressing their displeasure with the league or its employees, or wearing the wrong clothes? There must be some sort of special ...
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How much evidence has to be there to overturn an American football play?

I was just recently (5 minutes ago) watching an American football game. It was a quite important 4th down play to win the game, and the play was challenged. The cameras had absolutely ZERO view of the ...
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Is there any concept of 'declaring' an inning in Baseball?

This is a question regarding a somewhat hypothetical situation, but one I have been thinking about quite a bit and can't get my head around. In Cricket, a team can 'Declare' an innings at any time, ...
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How many times in the NBA history was the Coach of the year fired?

The Toronto Raptors fired their head coach Dwane Casey on 11 May 2018 after losing to the Cleveland Cavaliers in the second round playoffs of 2017-2018 season. This happened only days after Dwane ...
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Why did Neymar join PSG, given how good his previous club is?

Neymar is considered a very good player and he was playing at one of the best clubs, with some of the best players, in the world. Why would he now choose to play for PSG?
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Effect Temperature On Speed Shuttle Cock

If you're playing badminton in the summer, or at least in high temperatures (> 25°C/77°F), the speed of the shuttle cock is quite different to that of playing in cold temperatures (16°C/60°F). Why ...
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What is meant by a natural hat trick in hockey?

While reading this article on NHL.com I noticed that they mentioned several times that Jori Lehtera recorded a natural hat trick. I assume they say natural hat trick to contrast it to another type of ...
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What do composite basketballs offer over leather basketballs?

What do composite basketballs offer over leather basketballs? I notice the designs are slightly different, and composite basketballs would not have to be broken in and can maintain itself better than ...
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Have any players ever won an NCAA basketball championship with two different teams?

Are there any players who have won an NCAA basketball championship while playing for two different teams?
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Do players get points for matches in Davis Cup and Fed Cup in ATP/WTA rankings

Do players, who represent their countries in Davis Cup/Fed Cup, receive also some points in ATP rankings/WTA rankings? If yes, is it for matches on any level? Or only matches in World Group? Are ...
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How do I read this chart about a FIFA World Cup game from Google?

Throughout the World Cup the Google Doodle has been FIFA themed, and clicking it takes you to a search for the latest game. Today it's United States vs Portugal. The search brings up a chart which ...

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