Passing in basketball
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Carlos Arroyo shown here with the Utah Jazz, left, passes to a teammate. A pass is a method of moving the ball between players. Most passes are accompanied by a step forward to increase power and are followed through with … Read More

Shooting in basketball
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Player releases a short jump shot, while her defender is either knocked down, or trying to “take a charge.” Shooting is the act of attempting to score points throwing the ball through the basket. While methods can vary with players … Read More

Positions and structures in basketball
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Basketball positions in the offensive zone Although the rules do not specify any positions whatsoever, they have evolved as part of basketball. During the first five decades of basketball’s evolution, two guards, two forwards, and one center were used. Since … Read More

Over-under
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An over-under or over/under bet is a wager in which a sportsbook will predict a number for a statistic in a given game (usually the combined score of the two teams), and bettors wager that the actual number in the … Read More

Calcutta Auction
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A Calcutta Auction is an open auction held in conjunction with a golf tournament, horse race, or similar contest with multiple entrants. It is popular in Backgammon and is currently enjoying rising popularity for NCAA Basketball pools during March Madness.Bidding … Read More

Point shaving
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Point shaving, in organized sports, is a type of match fixing where the perpetrators try to prevent a team from covering a published point spread. Unlike other forms of match fixing, sports betting invariably motivates point shaving. A point shaving … Read More

Basketball rules and regulations
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Measurements and time limits discussed in this section often vary among tournaments and organizations; international and NBA rules are used in this section. The object of the game is to outscore one’s opponents by throwing the ball through the opponents’ … Read More

History of basketball
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Early basketball The first basketball court: Springfield College. Basketball is unique in that it was invented by one person, rather than evolving from a different sport. In early December 1891, Dr. James Naismith, a Canadian-born physician of McGill University and … Read More

Basketball
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Basketball is a sport in which two teams of five players each try to score points on one other by throwing a ball through a hoop (the basket) under organized rules. Since its invention in 1891, it has developed to … Read More

Trifecta
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In horse racing terminology, a trifecta is a parimutuel bet in which the bettor must predict which horses will finish first, second, and third in exact order. The word comes from the related betting term, “perfecta.” The term has been … Read More

Sportsbook
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A sportsbook (sometimes abbreviated as book) or a race and sports book is a place where a gambler can wager on various sports competitions, including football, basketball, baseball, hockey, soccer, horse racing and boxing. The method of betting varies with … Read More

Betting scandals
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Historically, sports betting has been associated with a number of unsavory characters, which has a lot to do with its desultory legal treatment throughout the world. Organized crime notoriously has relied upon sports betting for money laundering or funding purposes. … Read More

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