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Does your partner have to also be behind the line when serving in pickleball?
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Rule 4.B.7 seems to pretty clearly state that any player other than the server can stand wherever they wish (on their side of the net). 4.B.7. Partner Positions. In doubles, with the exception of the ...

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Origin of the formula for weighted stolen base runs (wSB)
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The oldest reference to wSB that I'm familiar with is this Fangraphs article, which is from 2013, and I think in 2012 perhaps is when they actually introduced the stat. It's possible it originated ...

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How to watch all NBA games ESPN?
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ESPN is one of the NBA's broadcast partners, but does not show nearly all NBA games. They (along with ABC) show 101 games this year, with TNT showing 65, NBA TV showing 107, and other games being ...

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Offensive foul: why doesn't the basket count?
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For NBA rules, this is trivial to answer. From the rulebook: Section VII—Offensive Fouls A personal foul assessed against an offensive player which is neither punching or flagrant shall be ...

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Most wins by a second place team in NBA history
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Probably the Spurs in 2016, who went 67-15... finishing 6 games behind the record setting Warriors (73-9). That is tied for 7th all-time by winning percentage for any team.

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2021-22 ncaa mob teams with 0 transfer players on the roster
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Don't have an answer to the exact question, but in 2018, 29 teams hadn't had a transfer since the 2012 transfer portal began operation, according to this article which based its data on the ...

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Why TD when recovered on ½-yard line and "momentumed" to the end zone, in American football?
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The ball was still loose as it crossed the goal line. See from a different angle, the ball here is not fully possessed (he was moving it towards his body but not secured) and is over the goal line. ...

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Has any NHL team ever won a game after being down 0-5?
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Wayne Gretzky probably doesn't want to remember this one, but the Oilers lost to the Kings 6-5 in 1982 in the playoffs (Game 3 of the Smythe division semi-finals that year) after leading 5-0 after 2 ...

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In American football can it not be Illegal use of hands on the ball carrier?
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There are quite a few rules that matter here, but the TL;DR is that it's legal to touch the facemark of the opponent, so long as it's not: Strike, Club, Swing, Thrust (a "forceful hit") ...

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Why don't NFL teams keep a punter who can kick field goals?
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The problem you have is that you're talking about professional teams, the best of the best, where each player is among the 32 or so best at their position (for positions with one player, anyway) in ...

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Are there any standard metrics in use that take into account the "variability" in a pitcher's ERA?
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No, not really. What you're describing would only be useful if it could be shown that this ability to have mostly good performance with little blips of horrible performance was something that was ...

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How would a position player warm up to be a "reliever?"
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I don't know where you get the idea of an experiment; this has been possible for as long as I remember. Mark Grace pitched an inning in 2002, for example, and definitely continuing to 2021... ...

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What is the worst recorded record for a team that was, the previous year, a Stanley cup finalist?
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In the NHL's "modern era", The 2006-7 Hurricanes (40-35-7 OTLs, or 40-42) had the worst record by a defending champion if you count the OTLs as losses (which the NHL doesn't exactly). If ...

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What constitutes a "game-winning drive" statistically?
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So - one bit you're missing, is that it was Tom Brady's 50th career game-winning drive in the fourth quarter or overtime. That's frequently, but not always, said with that sentence, but it's always a ...

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What's the precise definition of the individual "left on base" statistic?
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Partial Frame Challenge Individual left on base is a meaningless statistic that is reported virtually nowhere that has a meaningful statistical background. MLB.com does report it in their box scores, ...

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Which was the first soccer match a player placed himself lying behind the barrier to stop a free kick?
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The practice gained major visibility in UEFA competition when Marcelo Brozovic slid down behind the wall on a Suarez free kick in 2018. Lionel Messi was actually there, but it was Suarez taking the ...

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Size of football pitches in England and European countries
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The pitch most definitely varies in size, but not terribly much. See this page from the BBC for example. England's rules are very wide - the pitch must be between 90m and 120m long, and between 50m ...

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Why did NFL Europe fail?
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It's not really possible to know exactly why they closed NFL Europe. It was losing money, but it was always losing money - a few tens of millions of (US) Dollars per season ($30MM by the end). Why ...

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Is there a strategic reason why the wildcat play type isn't used in the NFL?
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The wildcat formation is effective only in limited situations, and in particular relies on: Surprise Skilled players Good O-line play In 2008, the Dolphins famously ran the wildcat against the ...

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Ice-hockey goalie shutout when empty net goal is scored
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I don't see a reference explicitly for this in the NHL rules; the NCAA rules do mention shutouts, but don't actually define them - here, for example: Article 3. If two or more goaltenders from the ...

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NHL forfeit shutouts
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No shutout would be awarded, because none had been earned. Per NHL rules, 66, Foreit of Game: If the game is declared forfeited prior to its having commenced, the score shall be recorded as 1-0 and ...

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What is the purpose of running shoe lacing from bottom to top?
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That is a variety of speed lace, which is popular among runners because it makes the shoe unlikely to become untied (as there is no proper tie). Speed laces have a lot of varieties, but the common ...

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What caused "everyone" to overlook Mike Trout in the draft?
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This is very well covered in an ESPN piece with interviews from several of the involved parties. The short answer: Trout was from a relatively unknown school (he was the first pick ever from his ...

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Why is the hook shot used so little in the NBA?
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Because the hook shot is not an efficient shot, largely. Hook shots are much more difficult than other "close-in" shots; while they solve the issue of the defender blocking you (somewhat), ...

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Why is Olympic Archery 1-on-1 rather than all-at-once?
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The answer, as with why they organize any sport in any fashion, is excitement, and history. Archery was removed from the Olympic Games for several decades, due to lack of consistency in the rules1. ...

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Why are there different strokes in swimming?
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As with most sports, undoubtedly much of the reason is historical. It wasn't to suppress innovation, but actually as a result of it; for most of swimming history, "freestyle" was always ...

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What is a balk?
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The ELI5 version of this: A pitcher is required to do certain things in a certain way when they are in the process of releasing a pitch. If they do not do them in the right order, or if they start ...

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Who gets possession after a shot is blocked off the rim?
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You don't say what rules you play under, but the NBA rules are fairly standard here. From Rule 8: The ball is caused to go out-of-bounds by the last player to touch it (including by touching the ...

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Why position of racers in this track not in order?
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"Lane" refers to which lane they raced in (there are 8 lanes on a track). The racers start on a staggered start, as the inner lanes are shorter distances otherwise. In the 200m race the ...

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In basketball, why can a team calling a timeout inbound the ball at midcourt after the timeout (effectively gaining ground for free)?
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According to Chuck Klosterman, it just always was a part of the NBA. (I don't believe it's a rule in most rule systems.) Feel free to peruse this fantastic piece of journalism on the sadly defunct ...

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