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Requirements for Touchdown Catch Near the Goal Line
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You're not incorrect in your belief; the ball does have to be across the goal line. See the rulebook: Section 2 Touchdown TOUCHDOWN PLAYS Article 1 Touchdown Plays. A touchdown is ...

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Why is a PAT required after a game-winning TD at the end of regulation, but not OT?
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A better question would be, why is an extra point not required in Overtime. That answer is in the Rulebook, 16-1-3: Both teams must have the opportunity to possess the ball once during the extra ...

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Real-time baseball data?
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Not sure you're going to find a "free" solution that is legitimately usable in the fashion you require and official/guaranteed to persist. That said, MLB does publish an API, and has for years - it's ...

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Why do Minor League baseball teams relocate often?
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Most of the time, the teams don't actually "move" around, per se. Minor League teams are usually separate corporations from the major league team, and form affiliations with major league teams, via ...

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Can a NBA team buy a draft pick?
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It is legal in the NBA CBA to trade a player for cash (see pages 169-173). Larry Coon's excellent site covers this in detail. There is a limit for the total amount of cash that can change hands ...

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What is the record for most turnovers by an NFL team that won the game?
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Post Merger: According to the Pro Football Reference Game Finder using this query, it is seven for the regular season and playoffs. Three post-merger playoff games surpassed Seattle's five. The ...

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How many championship rings does Troy Aikman have?
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He won three super bowls (92,93,95), plus a college football championship (while injured), in 1985. He wasn't a member of any coaching staffs who won championships, as far as I can tell - he's been a ...

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How does the NFL decide which teams play in London?
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Yes, teams agree to play in the games, presumably for a significant portion of the proceeds (though that, as with most things in the NFL, isn't made public). The reasons vary; for example, teams with ...

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runner in scoring position batting average
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Is it a meaningful statistic? Sure. It indicates the proportion of times a batter reaches base safely not due to an error when a baserunner occupies second or third base (or both) when he is at bat. ...

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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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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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Does a blocked extra point count as a missed extra point for the kicker?
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In NFL statistics, a blocked extra point is counted as an extra point attempt, so long as the end result is no points scored for the kicking team. From the NFL Guideline for Statisticians: Whenever ...

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Could a track superstar be successful in the NFL?
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Track stars have been successful in the NFL in the past, but not necessarily pure track stars. Bullet Bob Hayes, for example, won two gold medals in the 1964 Tokyo Olympics (one individual, one relay)...

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Why is the start/finish line halfway down the grid?
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Ultimately it comes down to practical reasons. The finish line must be adjacent to the tower where they wave certain of the flags, and also needs to be in clear view of the scorer. The location of ...

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Is this a travel under Euroleague basketball rules?
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Euroleague plays under FIBA Rules; in that rulebook, travelling is defined thusly: Establishing a pivot foot by a player who catches a live ball on the playing court: • A player who ...

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What single day lineup featured the highest total for career HR?
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STL in 2001 has a pretty powerful set of CI/OFs: Albert Pujols (656), Mark McGwire (583), Jim Edmonds (393), Bobby Bonilla (287), JD Drew (242), Ray Lankford (238). Only problem is the six never ...

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Have two bottom seeds ever faced off before in a "World Series?"
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In 2002, when the Angels defeated the Giants in the World Series, both teams were wildcards (and as there was only one wildcard, the bottom seed by default, though they were not the lowest win totals ...

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Anyone know what year this is from? Found under 100 year old building.
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This was from 1963, based on the schedule and the teams. Thanks to @John for pointing out the range to search in (1947-1970, based on the first night game at Fenway, and the last year the Senators ...

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Is a squeeze bunt with a runner on third and one out a good play?
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According to Baseball Reference, in 2016 there were 127 plate appearances containing sacrifice Bunt Attempts at-bats with 3rd base occupied and 1 out (precisely). Of those 127, 61 RBIs were recorded ...

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Forced at second: is the double play legitimate?
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I won't quote a rulebook as you haven't specified a ruleset, but the rules are fairly consistent (and well known). Once you specify which rules you play under I can find the rule quote. One example ...

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Why do NFL teams sign and waive players after one week?
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In this particular case, the Seahawks had just lost TE Jimmy Graham for the season the week before, and as such needed to fill a spot for a TE. It seems like they signed one player, and then decided ...

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Why did Game 1 of the 2015 ALDS have a start time that depended on another game?
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Likely, the Houston Texans game Thursday night was the reason. That game stated at 8:25 ET, and while baseball games usually take three hours or so, most likely they wanted a bit of extra time to ...

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Is header allowed in basketball?
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Kicking the ball is covered in Rule 10 Section IV of the NBA Rules. That includes also "striking the ball with his fist", ie, punching the ball, by the way. It does not cover heading the ball, nor ...

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How many times has an NHL hat trick been scored with only 3 shots?
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Hockey Reference was able to at least partially answer this; I only searched on goals=3 and goals=4 (so a 5+ goal game wouldn't show up). However, it seems to be a very common occurrence. For ...

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Why don't basketballers take more long shots?
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First off, NBA teams (at least) do very frequently take 3 point shots. The median team this year takes about 22 3 point shots per game, making about 35% of them, so around 23 points out of 100 in a ...

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Why have the number of power play opportunities steadily decreased since the 2005-2006 NHL season?
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I don't see anything official - there have if anything been rule changes/enforcement changes to encourage calling certain penalties, such as at the beginning of 2013, but certainly there haven't been ...

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Would it be possible for a kicker from a "non-traditional" background to be drafted by an NFL team?
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Many punters originated in Australian Rules Football, or even soccer. Sav Rocca for example came to the States after a successful Aussie Rules career, at 33. Other Aussie Rules players are listed in ...

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Placing a base runner on the wrong base after a mound visit
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The official MLB rules don't seem to directly discuss this. However, I did find an umpire help site which explicitly states that this kind of situation (which more commonly would occur when a player ...

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Is a top prospect usually called up at the beginning or middle of the season?
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I don't have time to look up specific statistics right now, but will edit them in when I do. However, the general details around this: This will vary by team, in particular based on the financial ...

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Sports odds explanation for NFL
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Against the Spread tells you how a team plays against the spread - so if you gave them their spread points for each game, what would their record then be? For example (made up numbers): Week 1: CHI -...

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