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The week in numbers: w/e 9/10/11

Vettel confirmed his second F1 title, the youngest driver ever to do so (image courtesy of Wikipedia)

0.009 – In seconds, the gap by which Sebastian Vettel beat Jenson Button to pole position at the Japanese Grand Prix at Suzuka, equivalent to an estimated 69 centimetres.

24 – Despite finishing third behind Button, at the age of 24 years 99 days Vettel nonetheless became Formula 1‘s youngest double world champion, breaking Fernando Alonso’s record from 2006 (when he was 25).

3 – Arsenal’s Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain scored all three goals in the England under-21 team’s 3-0 win in Iceland.

13Nigeria, Cameroon and Egypt all failed to qualify for the Africa Cup of Nations. They have won 13 of the previous 27 tournaments between them.

2Andy Murray won a tournament for the second straight week as he defeated Rafael Nadal in the final of the Japan Open 3-6 6-2 6-0.

3 – Steven Finn claimed a hat-trick as England opened their tour of India with a victory over a Hyderabad Cricket Association XI.

Warner was in unstoppable form at the Champions Twenty20 League

1 – New South Wales’ David Warner scored 135 not out and 123 not out in the Champions Twenty20 League to become the first player ever to hit centuries in successive Twenty20 matches.

4 – Britain’s Chrissie Wellington won her fourth Ironman World Championship in Hawaii in a time of 8:55:08, taking victory by nearly three minutes. She has never been beaten over the 140-mile distance, which comprises a 2.4 mile swim, 112-mile cycle and full marathon.

24Leeds scored 24 unanswered points against St Helens to turn a 16-8 deficit into a 32-16 victory in rugby league‘s Grand Final at Old Trafford.

82 – Age of Al Davis, controversial owner of the NFL’s Oakland Raiders, who died on Saturday.

0England didn’t hit a single direct free kick on target in their Euro 2012 qualifying campaign. They squandered a 2-0 lead as Montenegro scored in the last minute of each half to force a 2-2 draw. The result nonetheless sent England through to Euro 2012 as group winners, while Montenegro secured a playoff place.

25Spain, Holland and Germany – the top three teams at last year’s World Cup – have played a combined 25 games in Euro 2012 qualifying, winning every one.

The Rugby World Cup in numbers

Priestland hit the woodwork twice (image courtesy of rugbyworldcup.com)

2Rhys Priestland missed two kicks which rebounded off an upright, but Wales nonetheless beat Ireland 22-10 in their quarter-final.

55England did not score their first points until Ben Foden touched down in the 55th minute but France, who were leading 16-0 at that point, held on to win 19-12.

76 – Percentage of the South Africa versus Australia quarter-final which was played in Australia’s half of the field. The Wallabies nonetheless won 11-9.

2 – This was the third time Australia & South Africa have met at a World Cup. On both previous occasions, the winner has gone on to win the tournament.

7 – Piri Weepu kicked seven penalties as New Zealand eventually ran out 33-10 winners over Argentina.

4 – The four semi-finalists (Australia, France, New Zealand and Wales) are the same teams which reached the semi-finals at the inaugural World Cup in 1987, which was co-hosted by this year’s hosts New Zealand.

The NFL in numbers

3 – The Buffalo Bills returned an interception for a touchdown for the third consecutive game as Nick Barnett’s 31-yard return helped Buffalo beat the Philadelphia Eagles 31-24.

Vick now has more rushing yards than any QB in NFL history (image courtesy of Wikipedia)

4,946 – Eagles quarterback Michael Vick threw four interceptions but also rushed for 90 yards to bring his career total to 4,946, moving him ahead of former Eagles passer Randall Cunningham for the most career rushing yards by a quarterback in NFL history.

5 – Carolina Panthers rookie quarterback Cam Newton passed for two touchdowns and ran for a third, becoming the first player in NFL history with at least five passing and five rushing touchdowns in the first five games of his career. Nevertheless the Panthers lost 30-27 to the New Orleans Saints.

3Adrian Peterson scored three touchdowns in the first 12½ minutes of the game as the Minnesota Vikings recorded their first win of the season, 34-10 over Arizona, on the back of a 28-point first quarter.

45 – Frank Gore ran for 125 yards and Alex Smith passed for three touchdowns as the San Francisco 49ers thumped the Tampa Bay Buccaneers 48-3. The 45-point margin was the joint-heaviest defeat in the Bucs’ history (45-0 vs the Oakland Raiders in 1999).

13 – The New England Patriots beat the New York Jets 30-21, the 13th consecutive game in which they have e scored at least 30 points. It is the second-longest such streak in NFL history. (St Louis scored 30+ points in 14 straight games between 1999-2000.)

(Some statistics courtesy of Opta Sports, The Times, StatManJon, Infostrada, nfl.com and rugbyworldcup.com.)

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