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The week in numbers: w/e 2/1/11

Phil Taylor won't be adding to his 15 world titles this year (image courtesy of Wikipedia)

2Phil ‘The Power’ Taylor was knocked out by Mark Webster in the quarter-final of darts’ PDC World Championships. It is only the second time in the past 18 years that Taylor has failed to reach the final.

18 – 18 wickets fell on the second day of the second Test between South Africa and India in Durban. India’s last four first innings wickets and their first four second innings wickets fell either side of the hosts being bowled out for just 131. India eventually won by 87 runs to tie the series 1-1 and set up the decisive third Test, which started in Cape Town yesterday.

1Squash player Nick Matthew, who three weeks ago became the first English winner of the World Open, has also become the first Englishman ever to finish the year as world number one, according to the Professional Squash Association rankings.

156 – Passes successfully completed by Xavi in Barcelona‘s 2-1 win over Levante. As an entire side, Levante completed just 115 passes.

The Ashes in numbers

1 – Defeat by an innings and 157 runs in the fourth Test meant this was the first time ever that Australia have lost by an innings twice in the same series outside of England.

Jonathan Trott averages over 100 in Ashes Tests

2 – As of the end of the fourth Test, only two players in Ashes history have averaged above 100 in England vs Australia matches – Australia’s Albert Trott and England’s Jonathan Trott. No, they’re not related.

19 – It was Australia’s worst Ashes loss since the legendary Old Trafford Test of 1956, when spinner Jim Laker took 19/90 and England won by an innings and 170 runs.

3 – Australia have lost by an innings three times since the beginning of 2009, having only lost twice between 1992-93 and 2009.

12 – There hasn’t been a draw between England and Australia at the MCG in their last 12 meetings there. Australia have won seven to England’s five.

24 – The number of years since England last retained the Ashes (1986/87).

21 – Australia and England have met 48 times in Tests at Sydney – venue for the fifth and final Test which started last night – with 21 wins each and six draws.

The Premier League week in numbers

5Arsenal‘s 3-1 win over Chelsea ended a run of five successive defeats in all competitions against the defending champions.

1 – Chelsea had only one shot on target in the entire game – Branislav Ivanović‘s headed goal.

Baird's first goals in nearly four years broke Fulham's long winless away streak

26Fulham won 2-0 away at Stoke, ending a run of 26 consecutive away league matches without a win, dating back to August 2009. Chris Baird, who had not registered a goal in nearly four years, scored twice in the first ten minutes.

2 Manchester City scored three goals in the first half in their 4-0 win at home to Aston Villa. The last time they scored twice in the first half at home in a league match was last season, also against Villa.

3Blackburn have had a man sent off in their last three meetings with West Bromwich Albion. Nikola Kalinic saw red, but Blackburn still won 3-1.

31Sunderland had 31 shots in their match against Blackpool. They lost 2-0.

26 Wolves won 1-0 at Liverpool. It was their first win at Anfield in 26 years.

1Rio Ferdinand‘s first Premier League foul of the season resulted in the penalty missed by Peter Odemwingie, as Manchester United won 2-1 at West Bromwich Albion.

Rooney finally scored from open play

1,418Wayne Rooney‘s third-minute opener ended a run of 1,418 minutes without a goal from open play for United.

1 – Stoke had only one shot on target against Everton but won 2-0.

3 – Everton have scored an own goal in each of their last three games.

6West Ham‘s 2-0 win over Wolves ended a run of six consecutive New Year’s Day defeats, the longest such sequence in the Premier League.

3 Roger Johnson‘s own goal in the 3-0 defeat to Arsenal was the third scored by a Birmingham centre back this season.

3 – There were three goals in the 84th minute or later as Chelsea recovered from 2-1 down at home to Aston Villa to take a 3-2 lead, before conceding an injury-time equaliser to draw 3-3.

The NFL week in numbers

Brett Favre endured only his second ever losing season (image courtesy of vikings.com)

2 – For just the second time in 20 NFL seasons, Minnesota’s Brett Favre was on a team with a losing record (6-10) as the Vikings lost to Detroit 20-13. His only other losing season was 2005 when Green Bay finished 4-12.

5 – The New England Patriots defeated Miami 38-7 to finish the season 14-2 overall, and 8-0 at home. It is the fifth time in the last eight seasons they have been unbeaten at home – no other NFL team has achieved this feat more than once in that span.

8 – New England have now scored 30-plus points in eight consecutive games, the third longest streak in NFL history (St Louis 14 games in 1999, New England nine in 2006-07).

7 – The Patriots lost a fumble against Miami, ending their NFL record streak of seven straight games without a turnover.

10 – New England’s 10 turnovers this season is the fewest in NFL history.

335 – Tom Brady extended his NFL record of consecutive pass attempts without an interception to 335.

1 – The Seattle Seahawks became the first team in NFL history to win a division title (and qualify for the playoffs) with a losing record. Their 16-6 victory over the the St Louis Rams saw them finish 7-9.

9 – The Indianapolis Colts finished 10-6 after a 23-20 win over the Tennessee Titans. It means they have won at least 10 games for nine consecutive seasons, the second-longest such streak ever (the San Francisco 49ers achieved it 16 years running from 1983-98).

9 – The Colts have now qualified for the playoffs in nine consecutive seasons, tying the Dallas Cowboys (1975-83) for the longest run in NFL history.

33 – Quarterback Matt Ryan led Atlanta to a 31-10 victory over Carolina. He is now 33-13 as a starter, tying the legendary Dan Marino for most wins by a starting quarterback in his first three seasons since at least 1970.

1 – The Oakland Raiders defeated the Kansas City Chiefs 31-10 to finish 6-0 against AFC West rivals this season. However, they were 2-8 outside their division and finished 8-8 overall, becoming the first team since at least 1970 to sweep their division and yet miss the playoffs.

22 – 22 quarterbacks have passed for at least 3,000 yards, the most in a single season in NFL history. (The previous record was 19 in 2001 & 2009.)

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

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