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The week in numbers: w/e 31/10/10

Thomas Muster (image courtesy of Wikipedia)

43 – Age of former world number one Thomas Muster, who returned to the ATP Tour at the Bank Austria Trophy tournament. It was his first competitive appearance since the 1999 French Open.

0 – Number of English footballers named on FIFA‘s 23-man Ballon d’Or shortlist, the award for the best player in the world. (There had been four English nominations last year: Steven Gerrard, Frank Lampard, Wayne Rooney and John Terry.)

6 Paul Ince succeeded the sacked Craig Short as manager of Notts County, becoming the club’s sixth different manager in a little more than 12 months.

Bernie Ecclestone (image courtesy of Wikipedia)

80 Bernie Ecclestone, who remains the driving force behind the continued success of Formula 1, turned 80 on Thursday.

10Australia‘s Jamie O’Connor scored and then converted a last-minute try in the Wallabies’ 26-24 win over New Zealand in Hong Kong. It ended a run of ten straight defeats to the All Blacks.

281 – After 281 consecutive weeks as golf’s top-ranked player, Tiger Woods has been replaced as world number one by Britain’s Lee Westwood. In total Woods has an astonishing spent 623 weeks – one week short of 12 years – as the top player in the sport.

3Kim Clijsters beat women’s number one Caroline Wozniacki 6-3 5-7 6-3 in the final of the WTA Championships in Doha, the third time she has won the season-ending tournament.

The Premier League week in numbers

Robert Green

9 – In their 1-0 defeat at Arsenal, West Ham‘s Robert Green became only the second goalkeeper this season to make nine saves in a Premier League match (also Petr Cech last weekend against Wolves).

4 – Since becoming the first visiting team ever to win at the Emirates Stadium, West Ham have now failed to score at Arsenal’s ground in their last four visits.

4 – Arsenal have now fielded an all-French back four four times this season, but this was the first time they had won.

501Benjani‘s goal for Blackburn in their 2-1 defeat to Chelsea broke the champions’ run of 501 minutes without conceding a goal in all competitions.

13 – Despite beating Manchester City 2-1, Wolves have now failed to keep a clean sheet in their last 13 games.

6Birmingham‘s 0-0 draw at Aston Villa snapped a run of six straight league defeats in the Second City derby.

7 Kevin Nolan‘s hat-trick in Newcastle‘s 5-1 win over Sunderland in the Tyne-Wear derby makes him the Premier League’s joint-highest goalscorer with seven, alongside Florent Malouda.

The NFL week in numbers

2 – Number of Denver Broncos touchdowns nullified by penalties, as they fell to a 24-16 defeat at the hands of the San Francisco 49ers at Wembley Stadium last night.

Troy Smith scored on this one-yard run at Wembley (image courtesy of 49ers.com)

3 – San Francisco third-string quarterback Troy Smith made only his third career start in four years as a pro. He ran for one touchdown and passed for another, and was neither sacked nor intercepted.

0 – Touchdowns scored by both teams in Green Bay‘s 9-0 win over the New York Jets. The Packers’ Mason Crosby kicked three field goals.

13 New England have won 13 straight home games, the longest active home win streak in the NFL (New England 28 Minnesota 18).

24Tom Brady recorded his 24th consecutive home win as a starter, the second-longest streak since the NFL/AFL merger in 1970. He trails only Brett Favre, his opposing number last night, who had a streak of 25 straight wins from 1995-98 with the Packers.

75 – The Oakland Raiders have won the past two games by a combined 75 points, the first time that has happened in the NFL since 1967. They also posted 500-plus offensive yards in back-to-back games for the first time in franchise history (Oakland 33 Seattle 3).

21San Diego quarterback Philip Rivers recorded his 21st straight game with a passing touchdown, breaking the franchise record held by Dan Fouts (San Diego 33 Tennessee 25).

5Miami Dolphins kicker Dan Carpenter was five-for-five on field goals for the second straight week to become the fourth player in NFL history with five or more FGs in back-to-back games (Miami 22 Cincinnati 14).

(Some statistics courtesy of Opta Sports, @StatManJon and NFL.com.)

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