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The week in numbers: w/e 26/12/10

Lionel Messi - 42 goals in 2010 (image courtesy of Wikipedia)

42 – As La Liga heads into its winter break, Barcelona‘s Lionel Messi finished calendar year 2010 with more goals (42), assists (15) and completed dribbles (166) than any other player.

29 – Messi has scored 29 goals in 28 games in all competitions (including internationals) so far this season. Cristiano Ronaldo has scored 27 in 28.

8 – Balls required by Tim Southee to claim five wickets – including a hat-trick – in New Zealand‘s Twenty20 win over Pakistan on Boxing Day. It is the first time a New Zealand bowler has taken five wickets in a match in the 20-over format.

21 – Wales international Gavin Henson returned to rugby after an absence of 21 months to help Saracens defeat Wasps 13-6 at Wembley.

The Ashes in numbers

98Australia recorded their lowest ever score against England at the MCG as they were skittled out for 98 by England on the opening day of the fourth Test in Melbourne.

Matt Prior - six catches in Australia's first innings

10 – All ten Australian wickets fells to catches behind the wicket, with England keeper Matt Prior claiming six of them.

10Andrew Strauss and Alastair Cook recorded their tenth century stand as an opening pair – only Jack Hobbs and Herbert Sutcliffe have exceeded that number for England.

577 – Cook’s 82 moved him to a series-leading 577 runs, which he has accumulated in just six innings.

158 – The unbeaten stand of 158 between Prior and Jonathan Trott was England’s largest sixth-wicket stand at Melbourne, surpassing the previous best of 140 set in 1929.

11 – There hasn’t been a draw between England and Australia at the MCG in their last 11 meetings there. Australia have won seven to England’s four.

The Premier League week in numbers

4Everton‘s 2-1 win at Manchester City last Monday night was their fourth successive away win against these opponents.

25 – City had 25 attempts on goal against Everton, but scored only via a Phil Jagielka own goal.

Carlton Cole - two goals at Fulham

2Carlton Cole scored twice in West Ham‘s 3-1 win at Fulham. It was the first time he has ever scored more than one goal in a single Premier League game.

5 – Cole has now also scored in each of his last five Premier League starts against Fulham.

14Sunderland‘s 2-0 defeat at Old Trafford means that former Manchester United player Steve Bruce has failed to beat his old club in each of his 14 attempts as a manager (two draws, 12 defeats).

8 – Manchester United have now won their last eight Boxing Day games (and 16 of the last 17).

Andy Carroll - five headed goals, all assisted by Joey Barton

5Newcastle‘s Andy Carroll has scored five headed goals in the Premier League – Joey Barton has provided the assist for each of them.

10 – Stoke‘s 2-0 win at Blackburn was their first Boxing Day win for 10 years.

0Aston Villa have not won any points from a game where they have been behind. They fell behind 2-0 at home to ten-man Tottenham before finally losing 2-1.

17 – Tottenham have now gone 17 matches – since the opening day of the season – without keeping a clean sheet in the Premier League.

The NFL week in numbers

14Devin Hester scored on a 64-yard, third quarter punt return as the Chicago Bears thumped Minnesota 40-14 in a freezing Monday night game. It was Hester’s 14th career return touchdown, setting a new NFL record. He also scored on a 15-yard reception in the second quarter.

Tom Brady - 319 passes without interception (image courtesy of Keith Allison)

319 – Passes thrown by New England‘s Tom Brady without an interception, breaking the previous high of 308 set across the 1990 and 1991 seasons by Bernie Kosar. The Patriots beat Buffalo 34-3. In his last 10 games, Brady has passed for 24 touchdowns and no interceptions.

15 – The Patriots have now won 15 straight games against the Bills.

38 – Chicago scored 38-plus points in back-to-back games for first time since 1989, as they beat the New York Jets 38-34.

3 – The Washington Redskins defeated the Jacksonville Jaguars 20-17 in overtime. It was the Redskins’ third overtime win this season (they are 3-1), which tied them for the NFL single-season record.

2 – The Detroit Lions won 34-27 in Miami. Having snapped an NFL record 26-game road losing streak last week, they have now won back-to-back road games.

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

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