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Can a football team force its defeat, e.g. via own goals?

Sports governing bodies come down very, very heavily on teams deliberately losing - a very similar example to the England/Belgium World Cup situation is from badminton at the 2012 Olympics, when the ...
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Can a football team force its defeat, e.g. via own goals?

I doubt something like AS Adema 149–0 SO l'Emyrne will happen here. FIFA has some fair play regulations giving them the possibility to act accordingly and they're warned. It will be possible to ...
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what is the purpose of a 'Squib' kick in the NFL?

Basically the squib kick is used at the end of the half or end of the game to run out the clock, and keep the ball away from a top of the line return guy. You basically pooch it down the field so ...
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Why did Japan stop to play just before the game ends on a match vs Poland?

I didn't watch the game, but from what I've heard, the result of the Colombia-Senegal game meant that Japan were still set to qualify from the group even though they were losing 1-0. However, as they ...
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Why do NBA stars keep playing in playoff blowouts?

Wikipedia lists quite a few comebacks from deficits of 25+ points in the 3rd or even early 4th quarter. The odds are certainly small that a team would turn it around, but even a glimmer of hope to ...
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Why do NBA stars keep playing in playoff blowouts?

As it is mentioned in the question, the stars are pulled out with a few minutes left in the game. How early they are pulled depends on the point differential, the coach, and the team's momentum. In ...
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Can a football team force its defeat, e.g. via own goals?

TLDR: The answer is more or less "FIFA takes the action it feels like taking". We can look at examples and speculate, but that's about it. ..with that said: This has already happened, in a lower ...
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Better to fall down after interception in end zone?

It Depends Falling down, taking a knee or being tackled in the end zone does lock in your team's starting position at the 20-yard line by rule of touchback, however returning an interception can ...
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What criteria does each batter in baseball's batting order have?

Traditional 1 - High OBP/Speed This guy should have a high chance of getting on base. You want to get your guys on base so the later hitters have a chance to drive in runs. 2 - Contact/Bunt This ...
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Origin of Counter-attacking style of play in football?

Herbert Chapman is believed to be the inventor of counter-attacking style of play. From his Wikipedia article, citing Studd, Stephen (1998) - Herbert Chapman, Football Emperor: A Study in the Origins ...
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What strategic considerations go into passing at an attempt in events such as high jump?

There are 2 general cases when athletes pass on jumps: The height is too low They want to go up in the standings Usually when an athlete starts jumping, they don't pass to preserve energy. The jumps ...
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Defense against an isolation play

One team I played on--which won UPA collegiate back when I wasn't a geezer--practiced defending them thusly: Forces must be absolute. Nobody breaks force. Ever. Man-defender faces iso-player and ...
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Why did Japan stop to play just before the game ends on a match vs Poland?

The Japan vs Poland game was happening at the same time as the Senegal vs Colombia game. At the end of the games Poland and Colombia were winning their games by one goal. Given the standings Colombia ...
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Are the way that substitutions are utilised in soccer optimal?

Your question is somewhat subjective and the answers (or at least this one) might be found to be opinion based. But for me there are a few factors to consider: You only get 3 substitutions You want ...
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Why don't left handed power hitters bunt against the shift?

First off, left handed power hitters do, sometimes, bunt against the shift. Not frequently, but they do; I saw Jim Thome lay down a neat bunt several years back. However, the reason you don't see it ...
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What makes Stealing Signs wrong?

Stealing signs is "wrong" because Baseball's history goes back to the 1800s, when it was more of a "gentleman's game" (as compared to, say, American Football) and things like stealing signs would have ...
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NFL team "getting rid" of a player

It is not allowed for an NFL team to simply "give up" a player; the formal language in the CBA is that a trade may not be for "nominal considerations" - a team cannot simply give Player X and a draft ...
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Asian handicap bets combination

This is the wikipedia page that explain asian handicap betting. In a case of multiple bet you have to calculate in this way: bet Y event 1 over 1.5 => win (coefficient X1) event 2 over 1.5 => win (...
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Why would a captain not enforce the follow-on?

It would be logical to try to get Bangladesh all out on second innings and then quickly chase down a meagre total. Logical when it works :-) The situation captains are trying to avoid here is ...
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Why would a captain not enforce the follow-on?

The only thing that comes to my mind is to give bowlers a bit of a breather. Indian bowlers had been bowling since Day 2 (so almost 2 full days) and their legs and fingers (for spinners) must have ...
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What is the best role for a low fitness player in futsal?

Futsal is a very "quick" sport. Usually players has to run a lot (like in basketball). That's why this kind of sports has a big rotation of players on the field. If you are playing friendly, the last ...
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Why goalkeepers usually don't guard at the near post during free kicks?

From my view as a long-term goalie... They shoot there, because it's one of the very few options they have. If you guard the near post and place the wall for the long post you have to run backwards, ...
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How to beat a fast and consistent tennis player?

In my view, aiming for "killer" shots is a mistake. You have the advantage in every neutral-game scenario except one: her targeting your backhand with her forehand. Hence you should focus on ...
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What does it mean to "bring back a rider" in bike racing?

I know drafting might come into play too but to simplify things, let's forget about drafting You can't forget about drafting because it is a huge effect in road racing; quoting from How much benefit ...
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Which soccer/association football statistic gives the most comprehensive assessment of a player in his or her position?

There isn't one, or at least you need to define "best" much more precisely. To take a naive example: imagine you have four forwards. Two of them are excellent finishers and will score lots ...
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Why did the yellow jersey and challengers (in the peleton) wait so far back during stage 19 of the 2021 Tour de France?

Is it simply that he knows the position of every challenger for the jersey Precisely this. Everybody knew that none of the GC contenders were in the breakaway, so the teams were content to let them ...
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Why do curlers blank on purpose?

There are several reasons, but these are the main two: during the first part of the game it is easy to see a blank end because the team with the hammer is studying the ice and prefers a blanked end ...
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In tennis, is there any advantage to decline the opening serve?

The rule is that the player who wins the toss can either: Choose to serve or receive. Choose his initial end, which gives the opponent the choice of serving or receiving. Give the opponent the choice ...
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Why are WR in the slot covered by non-CBs in American football?

First lets make sure that most reading this get the general "standard" football formation on offense and defense, set up across from each other here (from womensfootballguide.files.wordpress.com): ...
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Do managers select their kick takers after learning which team will shoot first?

Kick takers are selected from the players on the field at the end of the match (either at full time, or if extra time was used, then after extra time). From the IFAB Law 10, with added emphasis on a ...
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