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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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Summary: This year, the performance of all the wildcards has pleased the tournament organisers
More than 20 aspiring long drivers turned up to try and qualify for one of four wildcard slots in the event.
Her suspension under the terms of the tennis anti-doping program was completed and therefore was not one of the factors weighed in our wildcard selection process," Sport24 quoted the USTA as saying in a statement.
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Because of my improved ranking after the first three tournaments of my return, I will also be playing the qualifying of Wimbledon in Roehampton, and will not be requesting a wildcard into the main draw.
You can get a wildcard when you return from injury but not when returning from a doping suspension.
Sharapova's return has been dogged by criticism with several leading players voicing their disapproval at the decision of tournament organisers in Stuttgart, Madrid and Rome to grant her a main draw wildcard.
The club's sub-committee, which will be chaired by former British number one Tim Henman, will then meet and make a decision on Sharapova - as long as the Russian does not qualify by ranking and submits a wildcard application.
If that materialises, then Scarlets star Williams could find himself competing for one of four wildcard places available in 2017-2018 under Welsh Rugby Union rules for players who ply their trade outside Wales.
North believed he would be exempt from needing a wildcard on the grounds there was no offer on the table from a Welsh side when he penned his latest contract extension with Northampton.
Most of the Pakistani athletes earned a chance to represent the country in the multi-sports event through wildcard entry.
For the first time in the history, the national hockey team would not feature in the mega event because it failed to qualify for the quadrennial sports spectacle and mainly the Pakistani athletes participating in the Olympics have got entry through wildcard or continental quota system.