The week in numbers: w/e 23/10/11

Simoncelli died in a crash at the Malaysia MotoGP on Sunday (image courtesy of Wikipedia)

24 – Age of Italian MotoGP rider Marco Simoncelli, who died after a crash at the Malaysian MotoGP in Sepang. He competed in 34 MotoGP races for Honda, setting two poles and recording two podium finishes. It was the first fatality in MotoGP since Japan’s Daijiro Katoh died after a crash at the 2003 Japanese GP, while last year Japan’s Shoya Tomizawa died in a Moto2 race in San Marino.

7 – Britain’s track cycling team dominated the European Track Championships in Apeldoorn, Holland, winning seven gold medals in the 13 events. No other country won more than one gold. They won the men’s keirin (Matt Crampton), omnium (Ed Clancy) and team pursuit, and the women’s keirin (Victoria Pendleton), omnium (Laura Trott), team sprint and team pursuit.

1 – At the halfway point of the group phase in the Champions League only Real Madrid still have a 100% record, although ten out of the 32 teams remain unbeaten.

875 – Fernando Torres‘ first of two goals in Chelsea’s 5-0 win over Genk ended his run of 875 minutes without scoring in the Champions League.

Agüero scored a last-gasp winner for City against Villarreal

90 – Both Manchester City and Arsenal had substitutes score winning goals after the 90th minute of their midweek Champions League matches. Sergio Agüero‘s 94th-minute finish earned City a 2-1 win over Villarreal, while Aaron Ramsey scored the only goal in Marseille in the 92nd minute.

17Arsenal‘s 1-0 win in Marseille ended their run of 17 consecutive Champions League away games without a clean sheet.

1 – World number one Luke Donald won the Children’s Miracle Network Hospital Classic at Lake Buena Vista to all but guarantee becoming the first golfer ever to top both the European Order of Merit and the US PGA money list in the same year. Thus far he has won €3.9m in prize money in Europe and $6.7m in the US.

11Sergio García win the Castelló Masters by 11 shots to give him his first tournament win in three years.

1 – Nicola Adams became the first British woman to win a major boxing title with a 15-8 victory over France’s Sarah Ourahmoune in the flyweight category at the European championships in Rotterdam.

4England have lost all four of their one-day internationals to date in their six-match series in India.

4AC Milan scored four second half goals to overturn a 3-0 half-time deficit to win 4-3 at Lecce in Serie A.

The Rugby World Cup in numbers

Williams scored his tenth World Cup try as Wales finished fourth overall (image courtesy of

11 – In the bronze medal final, Wales’ Shane Williams became the 11th player in Rugby World Cup history (and the first Welshman) to score ten tries. Nonetheless Australia won 21-18.

3France played in their third World Cup final, with each of their appearances being exactly 12 years apart: 1987, 1999 and 2011. They lost on each occasion.

6 – The final was the sixth time New Zealand and France had met in a Rugby World Cup match (including the 1987 final, which the All Blacks won 29-9). No other match has taken place so frequently.

5Tony Woodcock‘s try were the only points of the first half, tying the World Cup record for the fewest combined points scored in a half. (Also Japan versus Canada in 2007.)

7 – Every World Cup final has been won by the side leading at half-time. New Zealand led 5-0 at the interval and prevailed 8-7.

15 – The teams combined for just 15 points, making it the lowest scoring final in the competition’s history.

Weepu missed 3 kicks which would have doubled New Zealand's points total (image courtesy of

8 – New Zealand scrum-half Piri Weepu squandered eight possible points (two penalties and a conversion) – as many points as the All Blacks scored in total.

7 – Each of the seven World Cups has been won by a side which has remained unbeaten throughout the tournament. France lost two games in the group phase.

2 – Victory gave the All Blacks their second World Cup win, equalling Australia and South Africa. They also won the inaugural tournament in 1987, the last time they were hosts. (They co-hosted with Australia.)

25New Zealand have now won all 25 matches they have played at Eden Park in the professional era. The last team to beat them there was France in 1994.

36 – At 36 years and 262 days, Brad Thorn became the oldest player in a World Cup final, breaking the record by England’s Mike Catt (in 2007) by 229 days.

40New Zealand scored a tournament-leading 40 tries in their seven matches, 11 more than second-best Wales and more than double France’s total of 16.

33 – Despite the closeness of the final, New Zealand‘s average margin of victory in the World Cup was 33 points (43-10).

The Premier League in numbers

0 – Number of first half goals scored by Wolves in their last five matches, while conceding nine. Swansea took a 2-0 half-time lead at Molyneux, but Wolves scored twice in the last seven minutes to draw 2-2.

Brunt has missed three of his last five penalties

6 West Bromwich Albion won 2-1 at Aston Villa despite Chris Brunt‘s missed penalty. The Baggies have now failed to convert six of their last ten Premier League penalties – three of the misses have been by Brunt.

4 – In the same match, Aston Villa’s Darren Bent converted a penalty, meaning he has now scored from the spot for four different Premier League clubs, a feat matched only by Teddy Sheringham.

-13 – Bolton‘s home goal difference after their 2-0 defeat by Sunderland. They have conceded 17 goals in five matches so far, all defeats.

11Luis Suárez had eleven shots (including blocked attempts) in Liverpool’s 1-1 draw with Norwich, the most by a player in a single game this season. He did not score.

3Manchester United‘s 6-1 home defeat by Manchester City was only the third time the Manchester derby has been won by a five-goal margin. All three instances of this have taken place at Old Trafford (0-5 in 1855, 5-0 in 1994).

3 – This was only the third time the reigning top flight champions have lost by five goals at home. All three instances have featured at least one of the two Manchester clubs (Newcastle 1 United 6 in 1907, City 1 Middlesbrough 6 in 1938).

1 – City became the first team in the Premier League era to score three goals from the 89th minute onwards in the same game.

Van Persie scored twice after coming off the bench (image courtesy of

10– Bookmaker William Hill paid out ten bets which correctly predicted the 6-1 scoreline, at odds of 500/1.

19United‘s run of consecutive home wins in the Premier League ended at 19.

3Robin van Persie scored twice for the third consecutive home game as Arsenal beat Stoke 3-1.

2 – Both Manchester City and Everton (who won 3-1 at Fulham) scored twice in stoppage time away from home yesterday.

9Chelsea had nine different players booked – including red cards for José Bosingwa and Didier Drogba – in their 1-0 defeat at QPR, the highest number of bookings ever for one team in a Premier League match.

The NFL in numbers

Forte ran all over the Bucs at Wembley (image courtesy of Wikipedia)

6Tampa Bay and Chicago combined for six interceptions (four by Josh Freeman, two by Jay Cutler) as the Bears held off a late Buccaneers rally to win 24-18 at Wembley. Chicago’s Matt Forté rushed for 145 yards and a 32-yard touchdown, and added 38 more yards on two catches.

2:44 – The Denver Broncos were held scoreless by the Miami Dolphins until the final 2:44 of their game, but Tim Tebow passed for two touchdowns to force overtime and Matt Prater‘s overtime field goal completed an 18-15 come-from-behind win.

234 – Combined offensive yardage for Tennessee’s Arian Foster (115 yards rushing with 2TDs and 119 receiving including a 78-yard score) as the Titans trounced the Houston Texans 41-7.

253DeMarco Murray ran for a franchise-record 253 yards, including a 91-yard touchdown, as the Dallas Cowboys eased to a 34-7 victory over the St Louis Rams.

6 – Oakland quarterbacks Carson Palmer and Kyle Boller combined for six interceptions – two of which were returned for touchdowns – as the Kansas City Chiefs shut out the Raiders 28-0.

5Drew Brees threw for five TDs as the New Orleans Saints set new club records for points and margin of victory in a 62-7 shellacking of the winless Indianapolis Colts.

(Some statistics courtesy of Opta Sports, The Times, StatManJon, Infostrada, and


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