The week in numbers: w/e 30/10/11

McIlroy walked away with a cheque for $2m (image courtesy of Wikipedia)

2,000,000 – In dollars, the prize collected by Rory McIlroy for winning the inaugural (and non-official) Shanghai Masters – $560,000 more than he earned for winning the US Open in June. McIlroy beat Anthony Kim in a sudden-death playoff after squandering a three-shot lead going into the final round.

16 – By setting the fastest time in qualifying for the inaugural Indian Grand Prix, Sebastian Vettel recorded Red Bull‘s 16th pole of 2011, a new record for one team in a single season.

11Vettel also recorded the fastest lap of the race en route to his 11th win of 2011. Only Michael Schumacher (13 in 2004) has taken more victories in a single year.

11 – The St Louis Cardinals won their 11th World Series title, after defeating the Texas Rangers 6-2 to take the series 4-3. Only the New York Yankees (with 27 victories) have won more World Series.

Keothavong won both the singles and doubles at Barnstaple (image courtesy of Wikipedia)

2 – Britain’s Anne Keothavong won both the singles and doubles titles at the Aegon GB Pro-Series event in Barnstaple. She beat Poland’s Marta Domachowska in the singles to win her first singles title since November 2008, and also claimed the doubles with Czech partner Eva Birnerova.

33Barcelona‘s 5-0 win over Mallorca extended their run of league goals at home without reply to 33. It was also was their eighth successive clean sheet in all competitions, equalling the club record.

2 – Having won his first tournament in three years the previous weekend, Sergio García made it two in a row with victory by one stroke in the Andalusia Masters.

9 –  Arsenal‘s 2-1 Carling Cup win over Bolton meant they progressed to the quarter-finals for the ninth consecutive season. No other team has done so more than five years in a row (Liverpool, 1979-84).

5England’s cricketers slumped from 129/0 to 176 all out as they slid to a 5-0 defeat in their one-day international series against India.

4Sam Tomkins scored four tries as England’s rugby league team beat Wales 42-4 in their opening Four Nations match.

15 – Age of Jordan Ibe of League 1’s Wycombe Wanderers, who scored on his league debut in a 2-1 defeat to Sheffield Wednesday. He went to celebrate with his family in the stand – and was booked.

The Premier League in numbers

28Robin van Persie‘s hat-trick in Arsenal’s 5-3 win at Chelsea took his goal-scoring total to 28 in 27 Premier League games in 2011.

Holt's late penalty earned Norwich a point

1 – Having conceded penalties in each of their first five Premier League games this season, Norwich were finally awarded their first of the season against Blackburn. Grant Holt converted the 94th-minute spot kick to salvage a 3-3 draw.

12 – Manchester City‘s 3-1 win over Wolves made them the first club to score at least twice in 12 consecutive top-flight matches since Burnley in 1961.

7Wigan‘s 2-0 home defeat by Fulham was their seventh straight league loss.

30Danny Graham became the 30th player in Premier League history to score a goal and an own goal in the same match as Swansea beat Bolton 3-1.

3 – Stéphane Sessègnon‘s 89th-minute equaliser in the 2-2 draw with Aston Villa made Sunderland one of three teams to come from behind twice in the same game. Norwich earned a 3-3 draw against Blackburn, while Arsenal beat Chelsea 5-3.

The NFL in numbers

1 – Two days after the cross-town Cardinals won baseball’s World Series, the St Louis Rams won their first game of the season in a 31-21 upset of the New Orleans Saints.

Rice scored three times to lead the Raven's comeback (image courtesy of

21 – The Baltimore Ravens completed the biggest comeback in team history as they rallied from 24-3 down to beat the Arizona Cardinals 30-27. Ray Rice ran for three touchdowns and Billy Cundiff kicked a 25-yard field goal as time expired.

9 – The Buffalo Bills recorded nine sacks in a 23-0 shut-out of the Washington Redskins.

100 – Cornerback Chris Houston returned an interception 100 yards for a touchdown as the Detroit Lions crushed the Denver Broncos 45-10.

13LeSean McCoy ran for a career-best 185 yards and two touchdowns as the Philadelphia Eagles hammered the Washington Redskins 34-7 to improve their record under head coach Andy Reid in games following their bye week to 13-0.

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

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