The week in numbers: w/e 10/10/10

Mark Webber (image courtesy of

Championship leader Mark Webber

14 – After a Red Bull one-two at yesterday’s Japanese Grand Prix, just 14 points – less than a third-place finish – separate championship leader Mark Webber from his team-mate Sebastian Vettel, who is third overall in the drivers’ standings. (Ferrari‘s Fernando Alonso is level on points with Vettel.)

4 – It was Red Bull’s fourth one-two finish of the 2010 season.

20 – At the age of 20, Caroline Wozniacki today became the 20th woman to claim the number one spot in the WTA rankings. She is one of only three number ones not to have won a Grand Slam singles tournament.

Sachin Tendulkar

14,017 – In his 171st Test, Sachin Tendulkar became the first man to accumulate 14,000 Test runs. He finished Sunday’s second day of the second Test against Australia with a total of 14,017.

140,000,000 – Amount in pounds that Liverpool owners Tom Hicks and George Gillett Jr stand to lose if an agreed sale to New England Sports Ventures is ratified.

11 – There were only 11 seconds (in actual playing time) separating Nani‘s two goals for Portugal against Denmark on Friday night.

27 – After their 2-0 home defeat to MacedoniaAndorra have now lost their last 27 matches in all competitions, dating back to March 2007.

19 – Goals conceded by San Marino in their three Euro 2012 qualifiers to date after they were beaten 8-0 by Hungary on Friday night. They have yet to score in this campaign.

The Ryder Cup in numbers

1 – This was the first time in Ryder Cup history that the event required a fourth day to complete the competition.

6 – It was the sixth time the competition has ended 14½-13½, with Europe and the USA winning three each.

Luke Donald extended his excellent Ryder Cup record (image courtesy of

3 – Luke Donald, Ian Poulter, Steve Stricker and Tiger Woods won the most points, with three each.

1 Stewart Cink was the only player to remain unbeaten in the competition: he halved three matches and won the other one.

0 –  The Molinari brothers, Edoardo and Francesco, were the only Europeans who failed to win a match.

1 –  Luke Donald has lost just one of his 11 Ryder Cup matches, winning eight and drawing two.

6 – Lee Westwood has won six of his seven encounters against Tiger Woods.

9 – Tiger Woods was an incredible nine-under par for the 15 holes it took to complete his singles win over Francesco Molinari.

The Commonwealth Games in numbers

33 – As of last night, 33 countries (out of 71) had won at least one medal. 20 have won at least one gold.

Louise Hazel (image courtesy of Birmingham News Room)

6,156 – Points recorded by England’s Louise Hazel, a lifetime best, in winning the heptathlon. Her total would have seen her finish just 10th in last year’s World Championships.

10,000 – The most successful country in terms of medals per capita population is Nauru, which has won one gold medal (in the men’s 77kg weightlifting) and has a population of just 10,000. The island in the Pacific (it is near Papua New Guinea) is the world’s smallest republic, but has a history of success in weightlifting competitions.

499,515 – By contrast England, who lie third overall in the medals table, have currently won 103 medals at a rate of one per 499,515 heads of population – about one-fiftieth the success rate of Nauru.

87.5% – With two events remaining, Australia have won 14 out of a possible 16 gold medals in the cycling competition, an incredible 87.5% success rate. (Although England and Scotland were missing the winners of seven Olympic gold medals from Beijing: Chris Hoy, Bradley Wiggins,Victoria Pendleton and Rebecca Romero.)

The NFL week in numbers

14The New York Giants have won the last 14 games (including playoffs) in which Justin Tuck has recorded a sack (New York Giants 34 Houston 10).

29Atlanta won at Cleveland, 20-10. It was their first win in Cleveland in 29 years.

13 – The Raiders ended a a 13-game losing streak against the Chargers, which had been the second-longest active streak against an opponent in the NFL (Oakland 35 San Diego 27).

31 – In losing 27-24 to Philadelphia, San Francisco fell to 0-5, their worst start to a season in 31 years.

(Some statistics courtesy of @OptaJoe@optajim@OptaJean and


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

  1. txtmstrjoe says:

    As a fellow 49ers fan, I am literally in pain now. Almost to the point of weeping.

    • Tim says:

      So much talent, so little discipline. A shame, because I thought Alex Smith showed some real fire last night, and made a couple of brilliant throws on the run. And Michael Crabtree impresses me more and more every time I see him – great hands.

      I can’t help but feel that one big win could yet ignite an 8-8 finish, which might still be enough to win a poor division. But I suspect I’m clutching at straws … 😦

  2. tophatal says:


    For me the Ryder Cup was something of a bore once I knew that the US team simply didn’t have the wherewithal to mount a serious challenge. There are those here in the US claiming it was a gallant effort by the team. But that’s dependent upon how one decides what’s deemed gallant ? The US came in over complacent a team that simply wasn’t up to scratch littered with way too much inexperience !

    Mickelson is gutless and Woods but for a brief moment where he showed some genius contributed little of anything to their team’s efforts.

    And as far as the Commonwealth Games is concerned is there still much relevance to it ? I’ve been away from dear ol’ Blighty for so long that I can’t even remember much about the event.

    tophatal 🙂

    • Tim says:

      To be fair to Woods, no American player scored more points than him, despite his terrible form since his return from exile. I was particularly impressed by his demolition of Molinari in the singles, but then Tiger has always been better on his own than in the foursomes and fourballs.

      The Commonwealth Games is increasingly a bit of an anachronism. The Aussies take it seriously, as have the host nation, but the organisation has been chaotic (bad, but not as terrible as some suggest), the venues disappointingly empty and the lack of world-class athletes painfully obvious in many events – including those athletes from Commonwealth countries who are absent: Bolt, Powell, Rudisha, Idowu, Ennis, Hoy, Wiggins, Pendleton, Romero and so on. Hence my note about Louise Hazel’s heptathlon winning score, which would only have been good enough for 10th at last year’s Worlds.

  3. tophatal says:


    But where was the leadership on this US team ? It certainly didn’t come from Woods or Mickelson that’s for sure ! And in assembling the team there wasn’t one player on there who actually had a winning record in the Ryder Cup format other than Furyk . The team was filled with rookies and that in part led to their demise.

    The Commonwealth Games has become a plethora of sins and a complete oxymoron ! I understand that there’s a belief that the event is a warranted spectacle but in my mind the preparations and facilities has led to the ongoing problems that we’re now seeing and were foreseen from the outset.

    For me the high point to these type of events has always been the track and field as it provides so much excitement and there’s a great deal more competitiveness than in many of the other events that are staged for the over the course of the games.

    tophatal 🙂

  4. tophatal says:


    Not to worry as the Niners might not turn their season around in the NFL but they could play ‘spoiler ‘ for a number of teams harboring postseason ambitions.

    tophatal 🙂

  5. tophatal says:


    Anyone who’s of the belief that either Hicks or Gillette has been good for Liverpool really need to come off their prescribed medication. Hicks is lauded as the consummate businessman but each of his sporting ventures has been laden with debt ………. here in the US he’s sold the Rangers baseball team having owed creditors in excess of $300 million and the same with his NHL franchise the Dallas Stars which also was laden with a great deal of debt. He’s asked the banks who provided a great deal of cash to aid him in his purchase of Liverpool to restructure the debt but all to no avail so why would anyone want to feel sorry for the guy ? I wouldn’t trust him to manage a lemonade stand much less own a Premiership league team !

    John Henry and Jack Roush who are behind New England Sports Ventures know exactly how to run a professional sports franchise and business. Roush is involved in NASCAR with his own racing team and is part of the ownership group with John Henry who owns the Boston Red Sox baseball team under the umbrella Roush Fenway Inc via New England Sports Ventures. Beyond that New England also owns NESN a sports broadcast cable outlet and sports news provider. So in terms of cash flowing their liquidity situation is extremely strong unlike that of Tom Hicks .

    tophatal 🙂

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