Wild Card

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Any unpredictable factor or unknown in a data set or series of domains
Informatics An alphanumeric keyboard character—e.g., asterisk—which can stand for any character, a wide range of characters, no character, or a question mark
Sports medicine A playoff slot for a person or team that didn’t qualify for the playoffs during regular season
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Other women's wild cards went to Francesca Di Lorenzo, Whitney Osuigwe, Kristie Ahn and Katie Volynets of the U.S., along with 16-year-old Diane Parry of France, who got her country's reciprocal invitation.
"India has always been a major part of our Junior Wild Card competition, and we have been proud to see the players make it to the Junior draws at Roland-Garros.
In a statement on her website, titled 'An update on my grass court tournament schedule, Sharapova said: "A few months ago, I received a wild card offer from Birmingham, one of my most memorable tournaments as a young player.
The Aegon Classic is a major Wimbledon warm-up tournament, and the BBC has reported that one of the available wild cards will be offered to Sharapova.
If they are to do so this season, it likely will have to be as the second wild card.
As per policy only two swimmers can be given wild card entries.
The four wild card picks join Pettersen, Gwladys Nocera (France), Charley Hull and Melissa Reid (both England), Anna Nordqvist (Sweden), Sandra Gal (Germany), Carlota Ciganda and Azahara Munoz (Spain) in the 12-strong team.
WILD CARD (15) The action unfolds in Las Vegas, where security expert Nick Wild (Jason Statham) is desperate to leave the Nevada desert for calmer waters around Corsica.
With the first playoff game in Pittsburgh since 1992, and the winner-advances format for the Wild Card, fans tuned in to Tuesday's NL Wild Card game to officially kick off the 2013 MLB postseason.
FUKUOKA City in Japan and Davao City in the Philippines have both been selected as winners of the Imex in Frankfurt Wild Card competition for 2013.
X Factor group Times Red say they are delighted to have been given a wild card by judge Louis Walsh.