The week in numbers: w/e 6/11/11

Butt was found guilty of spot-fixing

30 – In months, jail sentence handed down to former Pakistan cricket captain Salman Butt for his role in agreeing to arrange for three no-balls to be delivered at specified times during a Test match against England at Lord’s last year. Bowlers Mohammad Asif and Mohammad Amir were given 12 and six-month sentences respectively.

10 – Casey Stoner, who had already secured the 2011 MotoGP title, overtook Ben Spies on the final corner of the season-closing race in Valencia to win his tenth race of the year.

1 – In his first fight in the lightweight division, Scotsman Ricky Burns defeated Australia’s Michael Katsidis on points to win the WBO interim lightweight title. Burns had previously been the WBO super-featherweight world champion.

14 – Lionel Messi scored the 14th hat-trick of his Barcelona career as his side won 4-0 at Czech champions Viktoria Plzeň in the Champions League.

Jonas scored inside 11 seconds (image courtesy of Wikipedia)

10.5 – Striker Jonas scored just 10.5 seconds after the opening kickoff as Valencia beat Bayer Leverkusen 3-1. It was the second-fastest goal in Champions League history (Bayern Munich’s Roy Makaay scored after 10.02 seconds in 2007).

3Real Madrid won 2-0 in Lyon and qualified for the knockout phase as only the third club to have won their first four group matches without conceding a goal (Juventus 2004/05, Lyon 2006/07).

100 – Cristiano Ronaldo scored both Real Madrid’s goals at Lyon to take his tally for the club to 100 in just 105 games.

8Ronaldo then scored a hat-trick in a 7-1 win over Osasuna yesterday in La Liga. It was his eighth hat-trick in his last 28 games for Real Madrid.

17 – Southampton‘s 2-1 win over Peterborough was their 17th straight home league win (and their 19th in all competitions).

Matthew secured back-to-back World Open titles (image courtesy of Wikipedia)

15 – Britain’s world number one Nick Matthew became the first man for 15 years to successfully defend his World Open squash title, defeating France’s Grégory Gailtier 6-11 11-9 11-6 11-5. Jansher Khan was the last man to win back-to-back titles, taking the last of his eight victories in 1996.

4 – Novak Djokovic lost for only the fourth time this year as he was defeated 2-6 7-6 6-0 by world number 32 Kei Nishikori of Japan in the semi-finals of the Swiss Indoors in Basel.

2Roger Federer beat Nishikori 6-1 6-3 in the final to win only his second title of 2011, and his first for ten months.

2 – Britain’s Anne Keothavong won her second double title in two weeks in Ismaning, Germany, beating Yvonne Meusburger of Austria 6-3 1-6 6-2 in the singles final and also claiming the doubles with Holland’s Kiki Bertens.

9Martin Kaymer recorded nine birdies in his last 12 holes to take a three-shot victory in the WGC Champions tournament in Shanghai with a nine-under-par closing round of 63. He completed the back nine in just 29 shots.

18 – Age of Irish jockey Joseph O’Brien, who became the youngest-ever winner of a Breeders’ Cup race by triumphing on St Nicholas Abbey in the $3m Breeders’ Cup Turf race at Churchill Downs, Kentucky.

The Premier League in numbers

29Robin van Persie scored the opening goal in Arsenal’s 3-0 win over West Brom, his 11th of the season and raising his league tally in 2011 to 29 in 28 games. He also provided the assist for the other two goals.

Bruce remains winless as a manager against Ferguson (image courtesy of Wikipedia)

0 – Wins for former Manchester United player Steve Bruce as a manager against his old boss Alex Ferguson. Sunderland’s 1-0 defeat at Old Trafford means Bruce has now won none, drawn four and lost 14 times in 18 games against Ferguson. Former United defender Wes Brown put through his own net to score the only goal of the game.

13 – Manchester City‘s 3-2 win at QPR was the 13th consecutive Premier League game in which they have scored at least two goals.

5Bolton‘s 5-0 win over Stoke was a mirror-image of last season’s FA Cup semi-final, where they lost to Stoke 5-0. They had lost their previous seven home league matches, and this was their biggest-ever Premier League home win.

0 – Stoke have yet to gain a point in any of their four league games following Europa League group matches. Their goal difference in those four games is minus-13.

8Wigan‘s 3-1 defeat at Wolves was their eighth league defeat in a row, after a streak of seven unbeaten stretching back to the end of last season.

8 – Victory for Wolves ended their eight-game winless run in the league, during which they had collected just two points and had never opened the scoring.

13Fulham had 13 shots on target at home against Tottenham but still lost 3-1 as Jermain Defoe clinched the game with a 95th-minute goal. They were the first side since 2006/07 to have as many shots on target in a Premier League match and still lose.

The NFL in numbers

3 – The Dallas Cowboys defeated the Seattle Seahawks 23-13 despite a slow first half which saw them score just six points after getting inside the Seattle two-yard line on three consecutive first half possessions (field goal, field goal, fumble).

Gore topped 100 yards rushing for the fifth straight game (image courtesy of

5 – The San Francisco 49ers‘ Frank Gore ran for 107 yards, his fifth straight 100-yard game (a new team record), as they beat the Washington Redskins 19-11. It was the 49ers’ sixth straight win, the first time they have achieved this in 14 years. They are also 4-0 on the road for the first time since 1992.

1 – Quarterback Matt Moore passed for three touchdowns as the Miami Dolphins earned their first win of the season in a 31-3 win over the Kansas City Chiefs.

0 – The Indianapolis Colts are now the NFL’s only remaining winless team after a 31-7 home loss to the Atlanta Falcons dropped them to 0-9.

36 – The New Orleans Saints beat the Tampa Bay Buccaneers 27-16 as Drew Brees extended his consecutive streak of games with at least one touchdown pass to 36, tying Brett Favre and trailing only Johnny Unitas (47). Brees leads the NFL with 3,004 passing yards, becoming the first player ever with 3,000 yards in the first nine games of a season.

Peterson's spectacular punt return clinched an overtime win (image courtesy of

99 – Rookie Patrick Peterson scored on a 99-yard punt return in overtime to lead the Arizona Cardinals to a 19-13 win over the St Louis Rams. It was his third punt return touchdown of the season.

2 – Arizona’s backup quarterback Josh Skelton completed an unusual double, giving up safeties on consecutive plays in the third quarter as he was sacked in the endzone and then called for intentional grounding behind the goalline on the first play of Arizona’s next possession.

17 – The Cincinnati Bengals scored 17 unanswered second half points to defeat the Tennessee Titans 24-17 and record their fifth straight victory. Quarterback Andy Dalton threw three touchdown passes.

2 – The Green Bay Packers returned two first quarter interceptions for touchdowns (by Charlie Peprah and Tramon Williams) as they held off the San Diego Chargers 45-38 to maintain the NFL’s only unbeaten record (8-0). They are only the third defending Super Bowl champion to win their first eight games of the season (San Francisco 1990, Denver 1998).

3Green Bay scored 28 points in the first half, the third time this year they have scored 28 or more by half-time. The other 31 teams have achieved this three times between them.

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


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4 Responses to The week in numbers: w/e 6/11/11

  1. txtmstrjoe says:

    7-1 for our boys from the Bay Area.

    All hail “Hardball” Harbaugh!

    Go Niners!

    • Tim says:

      Yes indeed. We may not always be winning pretty, but it’s immensely satisfying to see us closing out low-scoring games like this with a team which makes very few mistakes and forces opponents into critical errors of their own.

      As for Gore, he keeps on rolling. Fingers crossed his ankle is OK for next weekend.

  2. And…

    16 – The number of consecutive races won by undefeated Australian horse Black Caviar. I don’t follow horse racing, but this is an unequalled feat. Is there a horse anywhere in the world that can beat her? It seems there’s not one in Australia.

    • Tim says:

      That’s a lot of consecutive wins in anyone’s books. And only 3 of the 16 wins have been by less than two lengths, which is remarkable over sprint distances. A bit like Mark Cavendish, only even more prolific and with four legs?

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