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A one-wheeled bicycle is called a unicycle. It typically consists of a frame with a saddle that is attached to the wheel hub.

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    • How many periods are in a hockey game?

      Q: How many periods are in a hockey game?

      A: A hockey game is composed of three different periods. Each of these periods last for 20 minutes and have a 15-minute intermission between each one.
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    • In which sport is it illegal to play left-handed?

      Q: In which sport is it illegal to play left-handed?

      A: The rules do not allow players to participate in polo left-handed. The original ban took effect in the 1930s because of safety concerns. Following World War II, the United States Polo Association lifted the ban but then reinstated it in 1974.
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    • What is China's national sport?

      Q: What is China's national sport?

      A: As of 2014, China has not formally declared a national sport, but there are a range of sports that are very popular and in which Chinese competitors tend to dominate the field. These include table tennis, mahjong, badminton and a number of martial arts such as wushu.
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    • How many different sports are there?

      Q: How many different sports are there?

      A: The number of sports that are internationally recognized stands at 442. Most sports fall into several broad categories. Some of these categories include aquatic, ball-and-stick, ball-over-net, shooting, snow, combat, gymnastics and cycling sports.
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    • What is the height of the net in volleyball?

      Q: What is the height of the net in volleyball?

      A: The height of the net in men's volleyball is 7 feet 11 5/8 inches, and in women's volleyball, it is 7 feet 4 1/8 inches. Official nets are 32 feet long and 39 inches tall.
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    • Why is sportsmanship important?

      Q: Why is sportsmanship important?

      A: Good sportsmanship is important not only as a practice of etiquette and respect in sports but also because it helps teach young athletes good behavior that carries over into other aspects of life. For example, a young athlete who believes that it is appropriate to gloat when his or her team wins may believe that such condescending and rude behavior is appropriate in other aspects of life. While sports provide physical activity and competition, these activities are also forms of social engagement that are guided by a set of behavioral rules much in the same way that other activities like business place a secondary emphasis on social behavior.
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    • What is the 24 Hours of Le Mans?

      Q: What is the 24 Hours of Le Mans?

      A: The 24 Hours of Le Mans, or 24 Heures du Mans, is a world-class endurance racing event held annually in Le Mans, France. Teams of three drivers take turns driving a team vehicle around the 8.5-mile Circuit de la Sarthe for 24 hours. The team that covers the most miles wins the prestigious event.
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    • How long is an enduro race?

      Q: How long is an enduro race?

      A: In the context of motorcycle sports, an enduro race is an outdoor motorcycle race that is designed not only to test a rider's speed but also his or her physical and mental endurance, which is where the event's name derives. Races often span miles and last for hours, with participants expected to negotiate rugged outdoor conditions.
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    • What was the Powder Puff National Championship?

      Q: What was the Powder Puff National Championship?

      A: In its first year, 1974, the Women's Motocross Nationals competition was known as the Powder Puff National Championship. Women have been steadily involved in motocross for decades, and though it took the women's event some years to be fully recognized, by the early 21st century, women's motocross events came to resemble men's events, with some high-profile racers enjoying corporate sponsorships from companies such as Honda and Red Bull. Some of the biggest female names in motocross through the decades include Sue Fish, Mercedes Gonzalez, Dee Wood, Jessica Patterson and Ashley Fiolek.
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    • Where did drag racing originate?

      Q: Where did drag racing originate?

      A: The world's first drag races took place in California's Mojave Desert, where dried-out lake beds provided the perfect locale for uninterrupted racing. According to the National Hot Rod Association (NHRA), drag racing's official governing body, an American man named Wally Parks is largely responsible for the development of organized drag racing. After serving in World War II, Parks helped to found the first organized drag racing body, the Southern California Timing Association (SCTA), which held its first official event in California's Bonneville Salt Flats in 1949.
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    • What is supercross?

      Q: What is supercross?

      A: Supercross is a type of motorcycle racing that involves the use of off-road bikes on man-made dirt courses that are often held in a stadium or arena. Supercross riders must be skilled not only at maneuvering a motorcycle around sharp turns and at high speeds, they must also be capable of successfully negotiating the jumps that are built into the dirt track. Though supercross is very similar to motocross, the two sports are separate entities.
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    • Why do cars in NASCAR races always turn left?

      Q: Why do cars in NASCAR races always turn left?

      A: NASCAR races run counter-clockwise because left turns are safer on oval tracks since the drivers sit on the left side of the vehicle, and the right-hand side would hit the wall in an accident. Left-hand turns are also easier for the driver to make while sitting on the left side.
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