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Is a goal scored if the goalkeeper catches the ball after it has crossed the goal line?

Yes. From page 34, 2014/15 FIFA Laws of the Game: A goal is scored when the whole of the ball passes over the goal line, between the goalposts and under the crossbar, provided that no infringement of ...
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The difference between top goalscorer and golden boot winner

There could be multiple top goal scorers, but there can only be one Golden Boot winner. Multiple players could score the most amount of goals, but only one will be awarded the Golden Boot. If there is ...
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Why do the players in this video appear to be trying not to get a touchdown?

So there are really 2 things happening regarding to your question: what you're asking, and what those players are actually doing, which is very different than what you asked. I'll explain both ...
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Do runners on base get a run if the batter hits a home run?

I think you're confusing "run" and "home run". In high-level terms: A run is scored when a player starts off as a batter then makes it all the way back round to home plate without being put out, no ...
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Is it possible for a tennis match to last forever?

Depending on the competition it is very well possible to have a match last forever. Tennis itself has no rules about a time limit. See the longest match ever played, which took 11 hours in total. ...
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What does each part of this scorecard represent in baseball?

I've captioned each part of the scoreboard for you, below.
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Are you allowed to score a goal off the ground with your head to showboat?

This scenario occurred in a 2014 match in the french Ligue 1. Paul-Georges Ntep scored a goal for Rennes against Reims with a header after dribbling up to the empty goal. On this occasion at least, ...
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Are football players allowed to screen the goalie?

In general, players may stand between the goalkeeper and the ball to block their vision. However, there are two key instances where this would be illegal. Offside If a player is standing in an ...
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Sac fly and sac bunt

These are both covered by MLB Rule 9.08: The Official Scorer shall: (a) Score a sacrifice bunt when, before two are out, the batter advances one or more runners with a bunt and is put out at first ...
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Is it possible for the libero to score points in volleyball?

Is it possible for a libero to score point during a volleyball match? Yes. There is nothing in the rules, in particular Rule 19 "The Libero Player", which says that a libero cannot score points. ...
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What happens when a member of the away team scores a hat trick in NHL?

It depends on circumstances. The general rule is a fan will not throw a hat should a player from the opposing team score a hat trick. So, for the most part, nothing will happen. However, depending ...
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What is a team basket in basketball?

Huh, this is a tricky one to actually try to look up due to the terms used. I can't find an instance of the term in the NBA or NCAA rules. However, I'm nearly positive a "team basket" is usually noted ...
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Why would forfeits in football be scored as 3-0?

If the final standings depend on goal difference, goals scored, goals conceded, or a score between two specific teams, then a score needs to be recorded. Clearly it would be a benefit to the team ...
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Dropped foul ball followed by hit?

Your question is a bit unclear.. Later in the at-bat, the batter gets a solid hit. Is this scored as the batter reaching on an error, or getting a hit? Well, when the batter gets a solid hit, does ...
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What does the superscript used in tennis scores mean?

When a set reaches 6-6, a tiebreaker is used to determine the winner of the thirteenth game and hence the set. The first player serves once, then the players alternate serving twice consecutively, ...
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Why is a PAT required after a game-winning TD at the end of regulation, but not OT?

A better question would be, why is an extra point not required in Overtime. That answer is in the Rulebook, 16-1-3: Both teams must have the opportunity to possess the ball once during the extra ...
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Longest time between goals in NHL playoffs

The longest time between two consecutive NHL playoff goals for a player is 11 years, which has been done by 5 players: Craig Ludwig: 103 games apart, 4079 days 04/09/1988, Montreal @ Hartford 06/10/...
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What was a "try" in ancient football?

A try, at least originally, did not affect the score directly, and is only recorded to mark a key aspect of that game: there were very few scoring opportunities at all. What it did was provide that ...
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What is the lowest possible winning score in snooker?

Given these requirements, the minimum winning score is 22 points. Firstly, under these conditions, the lowest total score is 42 points (all reds sunk with no colour, plus all colours in sequence to ...
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Is it possible to lose points while playing table tennis?

It is not really possible to lose points that you have earned in a table tennis match. If you foul during a serve, then you don't earn the point that you would have gotten if the serve had been an ...
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Is it possible for football teams to lose points during the game?

No, it's not possible for an NFL team to lose points during a game. There are no penalties or anything that can deduct from a team's score. However, due to the NFL's instant replay review system ...
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What is the point of keeping track of pars?

According to the USGA: "Par" is the score that a scratch golfer would be expected to make for a typical hole. Par means expert play under ordinary conditions, allowing two strokes on the putting ...
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Which team is mentioned first in the score in NBA games?

The American convention is that the away team is first - you can think of this as "Golden State at Milwaukee". This convention extends to how the fixtures are listed; for example, picking today's ...
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Is a shuttle touching the floor of the court not a fault?

Law 7.3 is what you're after: The side winning a rally shall add a point to its score. A side shall win a rally, if the opposing side commits a "fault" or the shuttle ceases to be in play ...
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In basketball, what does 'two for fifteen' mean?

Went two for 15. Seven points. This specific player made two field goals (FGM - field goals made) out of 15 attempts (FGA - field goals attempted) for a total of seven points (PTS). He finished ...
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Meaning of '4:1 (3:0)' as score in football (World Cup match)

The parenthetical shows the halftime score. This is confirmed from the list of scores: Lucien LAURENT (FRA) 19' Marcel LANGILLER (FRA) 40' Andre MASCHINOT (FRA) 43' Juan CARRENO (MEX) 70' Andre ...
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Scoring Errors in Defensive Judgement

Example 1 is a bit tricky for me, only because I think it's difficult for a scorer to tell the difference between a CF that is intentionally throwing home versus one that has misplayed a throw to ...
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Points are given in tennis 15-30-40. Why 40?

Another theory on this scoring system (15, 30, and 40 scores) is: The scoring nomenclature came from the French game jeu de paume (a precursor to tennis which initially used the hand instead of a ...
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What does each part of this scorecard represent in baseball?

The answer posted above is good for the scorecard. There is also another scorecard that is a of the current score, plus other information, in a current game. Very quickly, balls, strikes and outs ...
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