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Are there any sports for which the world's best player is female?

Equestrian Sports comes to my mind as the only Olympic Sports where men and women face each other in competitions. Dressage, in particular, is dominated by women. Isabell Werth and Anky van Grunsven ...
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Are there any sports for which the world's best player is female?

Libby Riddles won the Iditarod in 1985, and then Susan Butcher won it 4 of the next 5 years. So it would be quite fair to say that in the late 1980's women were the world's top mushers. One could ...
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What is the sports bra looking thing soccer players wear?

They are performance trackers. They track a player's vital statistics (heart rate, etc) as well as their movement, their average speed, their distance covered, etc. As for the "bra-like" ...
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Are there any sports for which the world's best player is female?

Lynn Hill was arguably the best climber in the world in the late 80s and early 90s. In 1990, at the final stage of the World Cup Final, she was one of three competitors and the only woman to reach ...
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Has any high official (politician) won any medal in an important competition while holding office?

Various members of the British Royal Family have won high level showjumping medals: Princess Anne, the daughter of Queen Elizabeth II, won various titles including the 1971 European Eventing ...
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Who are the football players that have scored in every minute of a football match?

Cristiano Ronaldo Zlatan Ibrahimović Luis Suarez Lionel Messi is the other footballer who has a chance to achieve this, if he scores in the 1st minute.
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Are there any sports that started as a women's sport?

Synchronised swimming was exclusively a women's sport from its first appearance at the World Aquatics Championships in 1973 until 2015 when mixed duet categories were introducted. The earlier (pre-...
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What is the sports bra looking thing soccer players wear?

GB11's answer summarized it well what are the tracking devices. From the YouTube page of GPSSports Systems you can see that what Zlatan wears is called GPSports SPI HPU tracking device, which ...
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Are there any sports for which the world's best player is female?

Some sports have historically been played mostly by women, like synchronised swimming. Although it's hard to measure performance of individual swimmers and compare male and female ones, nowadays the ...
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NFL division with 3 teams in the playoffs

The NFL started allowing two wildcard teams per conference to enter the playoffs in the 1978-79 season, and went to three wildcard teams in 1990-91. With only three divisions per conference, it was ...
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Why do footballers (and coaches) cover their mouth when speaking to each other?

The general belief around this is that they do not want to give away important tactical information to their rivals on the pitch, or watching on TV. Another common belief is that actually they are ...
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Is Ajax the first team not to qualify for the next stage (because they ended up 3rd) with as much as 10 points?

It's mathematically impossible not to qualify with 11 points That is not correct. Is Ajax the first team not to qualify for the next stage with as much as 10 points? No. During the 2013-2014 ...
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What do the tennis-ball ‘countdowns’ on scoreboards mean?

You're seeing how many challenges they have left (well, how many incorrect challenges they have left) in the set. See for example this RadioTimes article: Players are given unlimited opportunities ...
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Has any high official (politician) won any medal in an important competition while holding office?

William Grenfell competed in the 1906 Intercalated Games in team épée. He was a UK MP until December 1905 until raised to the peerage and was - if I understand how the House of Lords worked in the ...
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Have two generations of one family ever won a medal at the same Olympics?

Yes, here's an example: Alfred and his father Oscar Swahn (Sweden) - 1912, shooting, team gold. Oscar is particularly interesting, "At 64 years of age, he became the oldest gold medalist ever, which ...
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What is the record for the most family members competing in the same Olympic Games?

The record for the most siblings in the same Olympic Games is 4. This happened when the four brothers Luis Adrián, Jorge, José and Roberto Tamés from Mexico competed as two 2-man bobsleigh teams at ...
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Driver with the longest time between F1 race starts

Not quite. Jan Lammers started the 1982 Dutch Grand Prix on July 3rd 1982, and left the sport at the end of that season. He then returned for the end of the 1992 season and started two further races, ...
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Lowest championship finishing position for a defending champion

After winning the 1952 and 1953 World Championships, Alberto Ascari only finished 25th in the 1954 Championship. He failed to finish any of the four races he entered that season, and his only points ...
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Are there any sports for which the world's best player is female?

It's a fairly uk-centric 'sport' but in long distance fell running Jasmin Paris must be one of the worlds best, she holds the outright course record for the Spine Race by a considerable margin and for ...
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Players with 300 or more goals for a single team in top flight domestic league (European clubs)

I have started a CW answer, where various users can add players they find (or occasionally update numbers for active players). I guess in this way we can find at least an approximation of a complete ...
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Does Vatican participate in any International sports?

Vatican City has both a national football and cricket team. However, as neither are members of the appropriate international governing body (FIFA and the ICC respectively) they don't compete in any ...
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Has any cyclist won all of the individual, points and climbing jerseys in the same Tour de France?

Yes, Eddy Merckx managed this feat in 1969. Quoting from Wikipedia: The 1969 race is unique in that it is the only time that a single cyclist has won not only the general classification, but the ...
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Are there any sports for which the world's best player is female?

Women seem to do well in very long-distance swimming. https://db.marathonswimmers.org/longest-swims/ https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Diana_Nyad
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How is Bavuma the first black South African cricketer to make a test century?

JP Duminy is from the Cape Coloured ethnic grouping (see http://www.cricketwa.com/370/player/jean-paul-duminy.aspx), hence is not considered Black African. Note: I'm not commenting on whether these ...
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Who was the first manager to get expelled from a match in the history of football?

According to the book Football Oddities by Tony Matthews, under the section "Discipline", subsection "Football League" where Mr. Matthews lists various random-ish facts: "The first manager to be sent ...
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Helicopter shot in Cricket

This Page says , Abdul Razzaq was the first player to try a helicopter shot. But there is a similar quora question, it says Mohammad Azharuddin and Ajay Jadeja have tried helicopter shots back in ...
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What is the record for the most family members competing in the same Olympic Games?

Another example of four siblings in the same Olympics is the Belgian Borlée family during the 2016 Rio olympics. The brothers Jonathan, Kevin and Dylan participated in the 4x400m relay, taking fourth ...
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