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If I score on myself, it's written in stone.
I will act badly when given a bone.
If it's handed to me, I'm likely to drop.
But if I'm allowed, I'll avenge my pop.

What am I?
In your answer, please explain each line and the title.

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  • $\begingroup$ Does this puzzle need the [knowledge] tag? $\endgroup$ – shoover Jan 8 at 6:48
  • $\begingroup$ @shoover, good point. A little bit of specific knowledge is useful (although not a lot) and I've added the wordplay tag too. $\endgroup$ – hexomino Jan 8 at 9:32
  • $\begingroup$ After reading the explanation for the "score on myself" part, I'd have to say this definitely requires the knowledge tag. $\endgroup$ – tilper Jan 9 at 13:16
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Are you..

HAM? All the puzzle lines, including the title, refer to a word that contains the letters 'ham'.

If I score on myself, it's written in stone.

Scoring against yourself in football is an "own goal", abbreviated to 'OG' - and Ogham is an ancient form of writing consisting of lines which were engraved (or 'scored') into stone. Thanks to @Tom

I will act badly when given a bone.

"Hambone" is a slang word for a bad actor, sometimes abbreviated to simply "ham".

If it's handed to me, I'm likely to drop.

Someone who drops things easily is said to be "ham-handed" (or "ham-fisted" (from @Jafe)

But if I'm allowed, I'll avenge my pop.

"Let" means "allow", and the Shakespeare character Hamlet avenged the death of his father.

My Centre can be found in North Yorkshire

'Centre' is synonomous with 'middle', and Middleham is in North Yorkshire (also from @Jafe)

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    $\begingroup$ It's not correct but you are so so close. Keep thinking along these lines and think about using wordplay. $\endgroup$ – hexomino Jan 8 at 14:22
  • $\begingroup$ @hexomino how about now? $\endgroup$ – Astralbee Jan 8 at 15:02
  • $\begingroup$ +1 Yes, correct answer. The explanation for the first two lines is not quite right (the second is close to the mark but not bang on). $\endgroup$ – hexomino Jan 8 at 15:05
  • $\begingroup$ Second line is now correct, first line is something different - think wordplay again. $\endgroup$ – hexomino Jan 9 at 0:05
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    $\begingroup$ Also, using your score, written in stone rot13 btunz. $\endgroup$ – Tom Jan 9 at 9:28
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Partial, stolen from @Astralbee...

ham

If it's handed to me, I'm likely to drop.

ham-handed

But if I'm allowed, I'll avenge my pop.

Hamlet

My centre can be found in North Yorkshire

Middleham

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  • $\begingroup$ +1, yes, correct! The first two lines still need an explanation. $\endgroup$ – hexomino Jan 8 at 15:04

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