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|Football applies the same scoring increments
as basketball -- 1, 2, and 3 points -- plus a puzzling one of its own --
In basketball, points being scored correspond roughly
to the difficulty and risk of a given shot. Baseball, too, scores its runs
in units of 1 through 4 that relate inversely to the likelihood of various
opportunities arising in play.