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The week in numbers: w/e 5/9/10

Laurent Fignon (1960-2010)

2 – Number of Tours de France won by French cyclist Laurent Fignon, nicknamed ‘Le Professeur’, who died last Tuesday from metastatic cancer. He was aged 50.

8 – Number of seconds by which Fignon lost the 1989 Tour de France to Greg LeMond, the closest finish in the race’s history. He is often better remembered for that narrow loss than for his 1983 and 1984 wins.

19 – Age of Moto2 racer Shoya Tomizawa, who died after a crash at the San Marino Grand Prix yesterday. The Japanese rider, winner of the inaugural race in the newly-created Moto2 class earlier this year, came off his bike when under pressure from Italy’s Alex de Angelis, and was hit by both de Angelis and British rider Scott Redding. He was airlifted to one hospital, and then to the Riccione Hospital on the Adriatic coast where he died.

7 – In winning her first round singles match against Petra Martić, Elena Baltacha became only the seventh British woman in 20 years to reach the second round of the US Open. Martić had previously defeated Baltacha in the first round at Wimbledon. (Baltacha lost to Petra Kvitová in straight sets in the second round.)

Carolina Wozniacki (image courtesy of FTT)

0 – Games lost by women’s number one seed Carolina Wozniacki of Denmark in winning her second round singles match 6-0 6-0 against Taipei’s Kai-Chen Chang.

9 – Number of different teams represented by the winners of the first nine stages at the Vuelta a España. There have been nine different winners, covering eight nationalities:  Britain (Mark Cavendish, who was first across the line as HTC-Columbia won the team time trial), Belarus (Yauheni Hutarovich), Belgium (Philippe Gilbert), Spain (Igor Antón, David López), USA (Tyler Farrar), Norway (Thor Hushovd), Italy (Alessandro Petacchi) and France (David Moncoutié).

9/6 – In the first innings of their county championship match against Gloucestershire, Derbyshire were reduced to nine for six before finishing 44 all out. Gloucestershire’s James Franklin at one stage had bowling figures of 5/0; he eventually finished with 7/14. Remarkably, Derbyshire recovered to win the match when Gloucestershire, requiring 125 in their second innings to win, were dismissed for just 70.

24 – Number of wickets that fell on the first day of the aforementioned Gloucestershire vs Derbyshire match.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic

42,000,000 – In Euros, the projected loss Barcelona will make in transfer fees on Swedish striker Zlatan Ibrahimović should AC Milan take up their option to buy him for €24m next summer following his season-long loan deal. Ibrahimović was acquired from Inter Milan just one year ago in a deal that valued him at €66m.

18,200,000 – Fee (in ponds) paid by AC Milan to Manchester City to sign Brazilian forward Robinho. City had set a British transfer record of £34.2m in signing him just two years ago.

191,000,000 – According to The Times, net spending by Premier League clubs (i.e. transfer fees paid less transfer fees received) in the summer transfer window reached £191m, three times as much as last summer’s £64m. Man City alone accounted for more than half the total, with net spending of £99m. (These numbers do not include Tottenham‘s £8m prchase of Rafael van der Vaart.)

116Kevin Pietersen scored 116 off 105 balls as Surrey tied their Clydesdale Bank 40 match against Sussex on Saturday. It was Pietersen’s first century in any form of cricket in 18 months, and his first domestic one-day ton in seven years.

4 – England’s women’s rugby team have reached four of the last five World Cup finals, but their 13-10 defeat to New Zealand in yesterday’s final was the third straight time they have finished as runner-up to the same opponent. The win marked the Black Ferns’ fourth consecutive World Cup win.

The international football week in numbers

Theo Walcott - 13 England caps, 13 wins

13 – After their 4-0 victory over Bulgaria, England have won all 13 games in which Theo Walcott has featured. No other England player has ever won their first 13 internationals.

11 – England have now won their last 11 home internationals, equalling their best ever run (set in 1957).

11Wayne Rooney has failed to score in his last 11 games for England, although he was involved in all four of England’s goals on Friday night.

1958 – The last time a Bolton Wanderers player featured in a competitive match for England, until Gary Cahill came on as a second-half substitute for the injured Michael Dawson.

9 – The Republic of Ireland are now unbeaten in their last nine away matches (three wins, six draws) after winning 1-0 in Armenia.

15Scotland‘s 0-0 draw in Lithuania was their first clean sheet in 15 games.

4 – Scotland have visited Lithuania four times in the last four European Championship qualifying campaigns.

2 – By defeating Wales 1-0, Montenegro recorded only their second competitive win since becoming an independent football nation in 2006.

4 – After their 1-0 home defeat to Belarus, France have lost their last four games, their worst run in 73 years. They have also lost six times so far in 2010, joint-highest for any calendar year in their history (also 1930).

(Some statistics courtesy of @OptaJoe and @OptaJean.)

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2 Responses to The week in numbers: w/e 5/9/10

  1. aardvarkian says:

    It’s a pity about Murray, losing in four to Wawrinka last night. And just what the hell is Rooney up to these days?

    • Tim says:

      Murray was very out of sorts, getting regular treatment from the trainer and generally looking heavy and uncomfortable around court. Stan’s no mug, though – as regular practice partners, he knows Murray’s game better than anyone, and last night brought his record against him to W4 L5. Not bad.

      As for Rooney, the less said the better. Apparently it’s being justified as being “not as bad as John Terry” because at least it doesn’t affect the dressing room. So that’s alright, then. Woe betide any kid who looks up to any footballer as a role model, although there’s a nice piece in The Times today about James Milner and his total focus on his craft.

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