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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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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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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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How is a Quarterback's passer rating calculated in the NFL?

I'm not aware how fantasy points factor into a QB's passer rating. That said, there are four separate calculations made with respect to passing values: ((completions / attempts) - .3) * 5 ((yards / ...
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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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Shot on target with deflection - a goal or an own goal

In the Premier League, if the shot was clearly on target before the deflection, then it is given as a goal. If there is any doubt as to whether the original shot was on target, then it is passed on to ...
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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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Sabermetrics and statistics, why so fitting for baseball?

Most of baseball takes place in a single one on one interaction: Pitcher throws, Batter hits. In that sense, it is fairly easy to tease out the performance of the batter and the pitcher based on the ...
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What team has the shortest "longest losing streak" within a season in MLB history?

Going way, way, way, way back the record is held by the Cincinnati Red Stockings of 1869 with their undefeated season; exactly how many matches they won depends on which matches you want to count, but ...
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What teams have won the Champions League undefeated?

Ten teams have won the European Cup/Champions League unbeaten, of which four have achieved this twice: Liverpool had 6 wins and 3 draws in 1980–81 and 7 wins and 2 draws in 1983–84. Milan had 5 wins ...
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What determines the kick receiver's location when he catches the kick?

For college, this statistic is explained in the NCAA Football Statisticians' Manual. Kick return statistics are defined in Section 8. From the 2016 edition: Article 2. Returns are measured from ...
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Scores of men's vs. women's teams

In soccer it's due to the much bigger difference between the best teams and the others. While in men's world cups it's kinda rare to outscore a team by 5-6 goals it's even likely for the women to ...
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Can time of possession for the two teams of an NFL game add up to less than 60 minutes?

You haven't added the source of data which may help in clarifying but official NFL website shows the possession of these two teams for this match as: Falcons: 28:30 Panthers: 31:30 Total: 60 Source ...
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How much does an NHL power play improve chances of scoring?

For the 2017-18 NHL season, there were a total of 1561 goals scored during a total of 21972 minutes being on a power play, giving an average expectation of 14.1 minutes on power play to score one goal....
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Most number of extra-time Goals

In Coupe Gambardella (U19 Men's French cup); [round of 64 and round of 32] 12 goals in extra time: Douai SC-Amiens SC: 0-0 to 0-12 Coupe Gambardella 1998-99 10 goals in extra time: Besançon RC-...
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How to calculate IAAF points?

Half a year later I can answer this myself. The formula is points = floor(conversionFactor * (result + resultShift)^2 + pointShift) And all the smarts are within knowing the coefficients. But let's ...
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What happens to a half century recorded when a player scores a century?

From Wikipedia article "Cricket statistics": Centuries (100): The number of innings in which the batsman scored one hundred runs or more. Half-centuries (50): The number of innings in ...
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FIFA World Cup 2018: Is the group stage goal ratio lowest?

Since the introduction of 32-team group stage (GS) system in 1998: year | number of goals during GS | average number of goals during GS ...
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How does the runner placed at second base in extra innings affect Earned Run Average?

It doesn't. The scored run is considered unearned. A news article on MLB's own website describes the effect on scoring: For purposes of calculating earned runs, the runner who begins an inning on ...
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Why does there seem to be more pitching changes in recent years?

If by "recent" you mean "since 2012", yes it's up, but I would say it's just a continuation of a trend that has been going continuously since the 1980s. At least in part due to ...
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