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In the Benfica vs Man Utd match, why did the referee point to his watch after the goal?
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The UEFA Champion's League uses goal-line technology. This is an automated system which detects the moment the ball has crossed the goal-line under the crossbar. It sends a signal to the referee via ...

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Who are the "Olympic Athletes from Russia"?
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The Russian Olympic Committee was suspended from the 2018 Pyeongchang Winter Olympic Games as a result of state-sponsored doping and testing fraud in the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympic Games. They are ...

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What do the tiny yellow RC cars next to the javelin throwing field do?
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They are collecting the javelins (and other projectiles) for athletes: Over eight million TV viewers across Europe watched the remote control 1:5 scale model Volvo XC90 collect javelins, discuses ...

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Rugby league: does a knock-on require an immediate stoppage of play?
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Australia's National Rugby League (NRL) is played in accordance with the Rugby League International Federation laws, modulo some minor changes outlined in official documents from the Australian Rugby ...

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Is it offside if a striker receives the ball behind all defenders and goalkeeper of the opponent?
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You are correct in your reading of the laws. The offside line is at the second-to-last defender without regard to whether one of them is a goalkeeper or not. The player circled red is also where the ...

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Why did Magic Johnson throw the ball out of bounds after getting the rebound?
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The time remaining in the game was on the order of 3 seconds. By holding the ball in that position or trying to dribble, he risked a foul or a basket against. By quickly clearing to the far end, the ...

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Are there any sports that started as a women's sport?
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Netball as a sport was developed exclusively for women (who couldn't be expected to run in long skirts, and therefore couldn't play basketball; this is the origin of the no-running-with-ball rule).

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Were the super-hard tyres ever actually used?
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No. It was never offered or wanted. Even the Hard compound was only offered once, and the Medium in barely more than half the races of the season. For each race (alphabetical) the compounds (hardest ...

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What does the superscript used in tennis scores mean?
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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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Can I take part in the Olympic Games decathlon by default?
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Entry by Qualifying Standards In decathlon, your ability compared to the average athlete is irrelevant; what you need is to meet the fixed entry standard within a certain time period prior to the ...

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Can a player who is out of bounds help a teammate stay in-bounds?
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Under Rule 12 "Player Conduct" in the 2016 NFL rulebook, Section 1, Article 4 includes the prohibition that [n]o offensive player may: ... d. push or throw his body against a teammate to ...

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Why would forfeits in football be scored as 3-0?
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If the final standings depend on goal difference, goals scored, goals conceded, or a score between two specific teams, then a score needs to be recorded. Clearly it would be a benefit to the team ...

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Why does "rain stop play" in cricket?
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There are several reasons. The ball becomes damp by absorbing water. This makes it both softer and heavier, so it loses a lot of bounce as well as reliability and integrity. The ground, especially ...

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What is the lowest possible winning score in snooker?
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Given these requirements, the minimum winning score is 22 points. Firstly, under these conditions, the lowest total score is 42 points (all reds sunk with no colour, plus all colours in sequence to ...

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If Arsenal wins the 2019 UEFA Europa League final, which teams will represent England in the Champions League next year?
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The English Premier League is guaranteed at least four, and may earn a total of five, places at the next Champions League group stage. They are assigned in the following priority order. The previous ...

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Can you be offside from a goal kick?
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No. Law 11 Offside, part 3 No offence makes explicit exception: There is no offside offence if a player receives the ball directly from: a goal kick a throw-in a corner kick even if the player is ...

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What was a "try" in ancient football?
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A try, at least originally, did not affect the score directly, and is only recorded to mark a key aspect of that game: there were very few scoring opportunities at all. What it did was provide that ...

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Is this first time a cricket team lost the match despite scoring more?
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No, not by a long way. In December 2014 Sri Lanka scored 242/8 against England's 236/5. However, because of rain delays, they had only 35 overs each, and England batting second achieved the par score ...

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Can a quarterback pass the football even if he is running forward and gaining yards?
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Rulesets for American football generally permit a single forward pass, which may be made at any time until the ball has passed the line of scrimmage (that is, the line where the ball started, not ...

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Why do NBA players avoid touching the ball after a made basket?
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Yes, there is such a rule, and the players want to avoid any possible hint of breaching it. Section II. Delay of Game a. A delay-of-game shall be called for: (1) Preventing the ball from ...

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Would the Copa del Rey change its name for a queen?
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No. The Copa del Rey was originally named in honour of Alfonso XIII, and is now a generic king's cup. The Copa de la Reina is the cup awarded for the corresponding women's competition. There does ...

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If Liverpool FC win the Champions League does that mean Coutinho wins it as well or if FC Barcelona win Champions league will Coutinho win it as well?
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UEFA Champions League regulations include a section on Trophy and medals, which has three subsections. The only part that directly speaks to medals is 11.03, saying that [t]he winning team is ...

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What is a "go-ahead three-pointer" in basketball?
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A three-pointer is a shot that scores three points by virtue of the taker being outside the three-point arc at the time of taking it. The "go-ahead" shot or goal in any sport is that shot or goal ...

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Why do referees wait for a player to stand up before booking them?
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There is ostensibly no requirements in law that the referee wait (while the wording and structure of Law 12, in addition to all statements about time, delays and restarts, suggest that referees should ...

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Penalty taker pauses during the run-up: legal or not?
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From IFAB Laws of the Game, Law 14, part 2, ... play will be stopped and restarted with an indirect free kick, regardless of whether or not a goal is scored: feinting to kick the ball once the kicker ...

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Why is AS Roma already qualified of the round of 32 after 4 played rounds?
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CSKA-Sofia can reach a maximum of 7 points, they cannot qualify in the hypothetical situation given. Changing it so they did would require Young Boys or CFR Cluj to miss points, so AS Roma is still ...

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How does the runner placed at second base in extra innings affect Earned Run Average?
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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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How Pakistan will qualify for semi finals in world cup 2019?
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If Pakistan lose to Bangladesh, they have 9 points, which is less than the top four teams. They cannot make the semifinals this way. If Pakistan draws with Bangladesh, they require England's run ...

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Lowest percentage of non penalty goals scored by World Cup golden boot winners
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According to this BBC article, Kane does in fact have the highest percentage of penalty goals (meaning lowest percentage of non-penalty goals) in a Golden Boot-winning tournament with his three ...

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What if goal happens whilst a penalty VAR review is in process?
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If the goal was scored by the team who should be awarded a penalty, the goal should be awarded. This is standard officiating practice in the case of an advantage to the attacking team. If the goal ...

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