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Worst defeat of a host nation in world cup history

Yes, this was the worst defeat of a host nation in the history of the world cup! Other notable defeats are: 2010: South Africa 0 - 3 Uruguay 1958: Sweden 2 - 5 Brazil Link: World Cup 2014: Most ...
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How can a journalist know so much information on athletes?

This is going to depend a lot on the sport. In general, a reporter does have access to several resources, many of which are accessible to a dedicated fan, but when putting together commentary on the ...
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How is 'distance covered' tracked in football (soccer) at the World Cup and during other official competitions?

Several types of tracking technology exist, and the type used depends upon the the circumstances of the competition. In training, some teams are now tracking with systems like RedFIR, a German ...
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Statistically, who is the worst NFL team in history?

Wikipedia has a list of NFL win-loss records for each of the current 32 NFL teams. The tables on the page include all games that each team has played in, including regular season and playoffs. ...
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Worst defeat of a host nation in world cup history

Looking at statistics of all world cup matches, this is the worst defeat of a host nation in world cup history in terms of "goal difference". This is also the worst defeat by a host nation in terms of ...
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Football penalty shootouts: Germany wins 71% of the time, England 17% only. Any reason?

The results, as presented on the webpage, are not that surprising. I downloaded the chart of all countries and ran a histogram of the performances (discounting countries that only had 1 or two ...
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Was Kobe Bryant's 60 points in his last game comparable to his performance during his career?

I've got no particularly interest in what the game was, but dug into the stats a bit... a couple good ones that stand out from this SB Nation article: Kobe's 50 shots are the most in a game since ...
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Does the penalty shoot out goal count as the person goal for a player?

No, it does not get counted. For instance, if we look at the goals scored by Messi during FIFA 2014 World cup: He has a total of 4 goals till now. 1 vs Bosnia and Herzegovina (group stage) 1 vs Iran ...
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How to find "distance covered" for players during the World Cup?

Distance Covered is being tracked at FIFA World Cup 2014. On FIFA's website, detailed player statistics are provided for each match. For example, here is the page for Match 1 between Brazil and ...
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Statistically, who is the worst NFL team in history?

It depends exactly how you measure "worst", so I have two submissions for you. The Muncie Flyers were one of the NFL's inaugural teams in 1920. After losing their first game 45-0 their other ...
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What is the statistical disadvantage of playing a man down?

There have been several papers published on this topic, which don't always agree. Check out Ten Do It Better, Do They? which concludes that "that the impact of a red card depends on the minute of ...
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Heaviest loss of last four teams remaining in history of World Cup

Brazil's defeat against Germany in World Cup 2014 semi-final is the heaviest loss of the last four teams remaining. This is tied with Sweden against Brazil (1-7) in 1950. Other notable losses: 1930:...
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Does the team with the extra rest day perform better?

1994 and before, World Cup semifinals often took place on the same day, so one team had only a few hours more preparation time than the other. When semifinals did not take place on the same day, the ...
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Penalty conversion rates: Football (soccer) vs Hockey

It's way higher in soccer than ice hockey. In soccer, a penalty kick is quite close to an automatic goal, averaging around 85% in the English Premier League (source: My Football Facts), whereas in ice ...
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What's the rarest event in professional baseball?

This isn't perfectly answerable, because it's easy to come up with specific things that only occur once if you get complicated enough. However, if you limit it to things that would merit a sports ...
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How often do 0-0 scores at the completion of regulation occur in major sports?

In the NHL, there have been 41 games tied 0-0 after overtime since the introduction of the shootout in 2005 (meaning they would have been recorded as a 0-0 tie in the past), which is 0.25% of games. ...
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Quickest goal scored in each World Cup edition

This is a community wiki post with a partial answer. If you have can add some missing information or additional sources, go ahead and edit this post. The statistics below should be taken with caution....
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Sabermetrics Applied to American Football, Specifically the NFL

First you have two questions here. The first regarding circumstantial analysis about when to punt and so forth. ESPN has done many simulations on when the computers say you should punt, kick, or go ...
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Second leg home advantage

This question has been addressed in the paper by Lionel Page and Katie Page (2007) 'The second leg home advantage: Evidence from European football cup competitions', Journal of Sports Sciences, 25: 14,...
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What is this (basketball) statistic called?

The statistic you are discussing is Plus/Minus per minute, or per 48 minutes, as @MichaelMyers stated in the comments. It is also called Net Rating. This forms one component of one of the earliest ...
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Baseball and DWar

The basic formula for WAR is as follows: WAR = (Batting Runs + Base Running Runs + Fielding Runs + Positional Adjustment + League Adjustment +Replacement Runs) / (Runs Per Win) Different sources ...
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Is MLB Statcast data permanently archived somewhere?

The data are not generally publicly available, at least not yet. The stuff that is available can be found here:http://baseballsavant.com/pitchfx_search.php. I don't know how "permanent" it is. You ...
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Where can I find the points per game throughout many NBA seasons?

On basketball-reference.com you can find many stats on NBA matches. In the colum Points in the Game section you can find data you need (see the picture below and use x2 coefficient)
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How often does extra time change the outcome of a game?

Data, data, and data :-) Went manually through the history of two major tournaments, the World Cup (main tournament only) and the European Championship (through round of 16 games in 2016). It's ...
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What is the average height in the NBA?

Using the data at the NBA's great stats page, I put together: This indeed has a mean just over 6'7". Mode as indicated is 6'9". Median is 6'7". And a standard deviation of about 3.5" inches just for ...
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What Champions League winners had the largest and smallest overall margins during the tournament?

I've spent a good part of my day analyzing the matches documented in individual CL tournament wiki pages and RSSF, and here are the results of the greatest/smallest goal differential (per game) stats ...
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