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: a score of three points in football made by drop-kicking or placekicking the ball over the crossbar from ordinary play
: a goal in basketball made while the ball is in play
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American football : a score of three points made by kicking the ball between the goalposts
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: a score in football made by kicking the ball between the goalposts
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