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The week in numbers: w/e 13/11/11

Joe Frazier, 1944-2011

67 – Age of Joe Frazier, the former undisputed world heavyweight boxing champion, who died after a short battle with liver cancer. He fought Muhammad Ali three times in world title bouts, including the ‘Fight of the Century’ (1971) and the ‘Thrilla in Manila’ (1975), winning once and losing twice.

1 – The IAAF World Atheltics Championships will be held in the UK for the first time after London was awarded the 2017 event over Doha, Qatar on Friday.

46 – Penn State football coach Joe Paterno was sacked for his role in not reporting allegations of child abuse to the police, in which a former assistant has been charged with sexually assaulting eight boys. Paterno won 409 games – a major college football record – and two national championships in nearly 46 years as the coach of the Nittany Lions.

14 – World champion Sebastian Vettel registered his 14th pole position of 2011 at the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, equalling Nigel Mansell’s 1992 single season record. However, a first lap puncture forced him to retire from the race, which was won by McLaren’s Lewis Hamilton.

Loeb secured an incredible eighth consecutive world title (image courtesy of Wikipedia)

8 – Sébastien Loeb secured a record-setting eighth consecutive World Rally Championship title despite being forced to retire from the Rally GB after a collision with a tourist’s car.

53 – Republic of Ireland striker Robbie Keane scored twice in his country’s 4-0 win in the first leg of their Euro 2012 playoff in Estonia to take his international goal tally to 53 in 112 games.

18Roger Federer won his 18th Masters title, defeating Jo-Wilfried Tsonga 6-1 7-6 in the final of the Paris Masters. It was only his third tournament win of 2011, and his second in consecutive weeks. Only Rafael Nadal (19) has won more Masters tournaments.

3England had just three shots in their 1-0 friendly win over world champions Spain at Wembley, their fewest in a match since the 1998/99 season.

41 – Phases of possession in Munster‘s final attack to set up Ronan O’Gara for the match-winning drop goal in their 23-21 Heineken Cup victory over Northampton Saints.

South Africa vs Australia in numbers

11 – In the first Test against Australia in Cape Town, South Africa became only the 11th team ever to have won a Test match after being dismissed for less than 100 in one of their innings.

In defeat, Clarke scored a match-high 151

151Michael Clarke was last man out for 151 in Australia’s first innings – eight more runs than South Africa’s first innings and Australia’s second innings combined.

47South Africa collapsed from 49/1 to 96 all out in their first innings, as their last nine wickets tumbled for just 47 runs. Shane Watson took 5/17 in just five overs.

47Australia were bowled out for just 47 in their second innings, with Vernon Philander capturing 5/15. It was the joint 15th-lowest completed innings score in Test cricket and Australia’s fourth-lowest ever (36 versus England in 1902).

21Australia‘s score of 21 at the fall of their penultimate wicket was the lowest nine-wicket innings score in Test history.

26 – The final wicket partnership of Peter Siddle (12 not out) and last man Nathan Lyon (14) put on 26 – five more than the rest of the team combined. The pair were the only Australian batsmen to reach double figures in the innings.

8Nathan Lyon became only the eighth player in Test history to register the top score in an innings batting at number 11.

23 – In total 23 wickets fell on the second day of the Test, the most since 1902. (The record is 27, between England and Australia in 1888.) The day started in the first innings of the match, and finished with South Africa one down in the fourth innings.

112Hashim Amla scored 112 and captain Graeme Smith 101 not out as South Africa chased down a fourth innings target of 236 to win by eight wickets before lunch on the third day.

The NFL in numbers

37Drew Brees threw for two touchdowns in the New Orleans Saints‘ 26-23 overtime win over the Atlanta Falcons. He now has a touchdown pass in 37 consecutive games, moving him ahead of Brett Favre for the second-longest streak in NFL history (Johnny Unitas, 47).

2Denver Broncos quarterback Tim Tebow completed just two passes in the entire game, but one was a 56-yard touchdown pass to Eric Decker as the Broncos beat the Kansas City Chiefs 17-10. Tebow also added 43 yards on the ground and scored Denver’s other touchdown on a seven-yard run in the first quarter.

Romo's accurate passing led Dallas to an easy win (Image courtesy of Wikipedia)

88.5 – Dallas quarterback Tony Romo completed a team record 88.5% of his passes (23 of 26), including his first 13 in a row, as the Cowboys scored touchdowns on their first four possessions in a 44-7 rout of the Buffalo Bills. The 37-point margin of victory was the Cowboys’ largest since October 2000.

5 – The Philadelphia Eagles squandered a fourth quarter lead for the fifth time this season as the Arizona Cardinals beat them 21-17.

2Charles Tillman and Major Wright returned two of Matthew Stafford‘s four interceptions for touchdowns as the Chicago Bears beat the Detroit Lions 37-13. Stafford had only thrown four interceptions all season coming into the game.

0Frank Gore‘s streak of five consecutive 100-yard rushing games ended as he was held to zero yards on six carries, but the San Francisco 49ers held off the New York Giants 27-20 courtesy of two fourth quarter touchdowns and four field goals by David Akers. Akers also successfully executed a surprise onside kick in the second quarter to set up one of his field goals as the 49ers registered their seventh consecutive win.

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

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2 Responses to The week in numbers: w/e 13/11/11

  1. Big Dave says:

    Apparently Joe Frazier’s death is being treated as suspicious. Police have brought in George Foreman for a grilling.

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