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The week in numbers: w/e 16/10/11

Wheldon was tragically killed after being caught up in a 15-car accident (image courtesy of Wikipedia)

33 – Age of Dan Wheldon, who was killed in a 15-car accident at the Las Vegas IndyCar race last night. The British driver had won his second Indianapolis 500 in May. In total, he had 16 wins in IndyCar and was the overall series champion in 2005.

1Oliver Zaugg won the first professional race of his eight-year career at the season-closing Giro di Lombardia one-day classic. It was also the first and last classics win for the Leopard-Trek team, which will merge with RadioShack next season to become RadioShack-Nissan.

5 – Five of Sunday’s six afternoon kickoffs in Serie A finished 0-0. Only Bologna’s 2-0 victory at Novara bucked the trend. (Lazio also beat Roma 2-1 in the evening game.)

1Lewis Hamilton‘s pole position at the Korean Grand Prix marked the first time in 16 races this season a Red Bull car had not started from the front of the grid. Prior to that world champion Sebastian Vettel had 12 poles, Mark Webber three.

10Sebastian Vettel won in Korea to claim his tenth victory in 16 races this season.

3Andy Murray has overtaken Roger Federer to move up to number three in the world rankings after beating David Ferrer 7-5 6-4 to defend his Shanghai Masters title. It was the Scotsman’s fifth title of the year, and his third in consecutive weeks.

Warburton's red card was a pivotal moment in the semi-final (image courtesy of rugbyworldcup.com)

61Wales lost their Rugby World Cup semi-final to France 9-8 despite playing for 61 minutes with 14 men after captain Sam Warburton was sent off for a dangerous tackle.

1New Zealand‘s 20-6 win over Australia marked the first time in three attempts the All Blacks have defeated the Wallabies at the World Cup.

6 – All six previous Rugby World Cups have been won by a country who remained undefeated throughout the tournament. New Zealand have a perfect 6-0 record to date, whereas France lost twice in the group phase.

3Wayne Rooney received a three-match ban for his red card against Montenegro last week. He will now miss the entire group phase at Euro 2012 and will not be eligible until the quarter-finals, should England get there.

27 – Despite having just 27% of possession, Sweden defeated Holland 3-2 in their final Euro 2012 qualifier to secure their place in next summer’s finals as the highest-ranked runner-up.

4 – Denmark’s Nicklas Bendtner has now played four internationals against Portugal and has scored once in each of them. Denmark won 2-1.

The Premier League in numbers

27Manchester City‘s 4-1 win over Aston Villa raised their total to 27 goals in eight matches so far this season. Only Arsenal (also 27 in 2009/10) have ever scored as many goals in the first eight games of a Premier League season.

Vellios made an immediate impact from the bench

18 – Greek striker Apostolos Vellios scored Everton’s late consolation goal in the 3-1 defeat at Chelsea just 18 seconds after coming onto the pitch as a substitute.

29Robin van Persie scored after just 29 seconds against Steve Bruce‘s Sunderland in Arsenal’s 2-1 win. It was the fastest Premier League goal since December 2007, when Manchester City’s Geovanni also scored after 29 seconds against Wigan, who at that time were also managed by Bruce.

3Shola Ameobi‘s late equaliser in the 2-2 draw with Tottenham maintained Newcastle‘s status as one of only three unbeaten teams in the Premier League. (The other two are Manchester United and Manchester City.)

5Wolves lost their fifth league game in a row as they were beaten 2-0 by neighbours West Bromwich Albion.

The NFL in numbers

1 – After six weeks of the regular season, the defending champion Green Bay Packers are now the NFL’s only unbeaten team. They beat winless St Louis 24-3 as Aaron Rodgers passed for three touchdowns, including a 93-yarder to Jordy Nelson.

Bradshaw's hat-trick of TDs propelled the Giants to a narrow victory (image courtesy of giants.com)

3 – Ahmad Bradshaw ran for 104 yards and three touchdowns as the New York Giants beat the Buffalo Bills 27-24.

4 – Washington Redskins quarterback Rex Grossman was benched after throwing four interceptions in a 20-13 loss to Philadelphia Eagles.

4 – New Orleans quarterback Drew Brees became the first passer ever to record four consecutive 350-yard games, but his late fourth down interception – his third of the day – cost the Saints victory as they were defeated 26-10 by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

3 – Miami (who play tonight), St Louis and Indianapolis (who lost 27-17 to Cincinnati) are the only three teams yet to win a game this season.

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

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