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The week in numbers: w/e 18/12/11

Wilkinson retired as the second-highest scorer in rugby internationals (image courtesy of rugbyworldcup.com)

1,246 – Points scored by England’s Jonny Wilkinson, who announced his retirement from international rugby last week. Only New Zealand’s Dan Carter (1250) has more international points. Wilkinson’s 36 drop goals is more than any other international player.

15 – South Africa crushed Sri Lanka by an innings and 81 runs in the first Test of a three-match series at Centurion. Sri Lanka have now failed to win any of their 15 matches since Muttiah Muralitharan retired from Test cricket in July 2010.

1 – Only one team finished the Europa League group phase with a perfect record of six wins: Anderlecht. Their 18 goals was the most of the 48 teams competing in the round.

1 – Conversely, Shamrock Rovers were the only side to lose all six of their matches. They were one of five teams to score just four goals, the joint-lowest total.

Westwood moved up to number two in golf's world rankings (image courtesy of Wikipedia)

2Lee Westwood won the Thailand Golf Championship to displace Rory McIlroy as world number two. Having built a record score of 18-under par after 36 holes, he finished 22-under to win by seven shots.

1Munster‘s 19-13 win over Scarlets made them the only team to have won their opening four Heineken Cup pool games. (Two teams, Connacht and Aironi, have lost all four games so far.)

1 – Bayern Munich’s Franck Ribéry was sent off in a Bundesliga game against Cologne after being booked twice in less than a minute. Despite the game being scoreless at the time and having to play with a man disadvantage for 57 minutes, Bayern went on to win 3-0.

14Big Buck’s, ridden by Ruby Walsh, stretched his unbeaten run to 14 in the Long Walk Hurdle at Ascot. Sir Ken set the record of 16 straight hurdles wins in the 1950s.

16 – Age of American golfer Lexi Thompson, who became the youngest professional winner of a Ladies European Tour event after clinching the Dubai Ladies Masters by four shots.

5Cristiano Ronaldo scored his fifth La Liga hat-trick of the season as Real Madrid won 6-2 at Sevilla. He set the current record of six hat-tricks last season.

2Carl Froch lost only his second career fight in conceding his WBC middleweight belt to WBA title holder Andre Ward in Atlantic City on Saturday night.

1James Willstrop deposed fellow Briton Nick Matthew as squash‘s world number one by winning his third successive World Series squash title, the PSA Masters, in Delhi.

The Premier League in numbers

Morrison's landmark goal helped WBA to victory

1,000 – James Morrison scored the opening goal for West Bromwich Albion in their 2-1 win at Blackburn. It was the 1,000th Premier League goal of 2011. It was also the first time West Brom have ever won away from home in the Premier League in the month of December.

4Stoke‘s 2-1 win at Wolves was their fourth consecutive league win – the first time they have achieved this feat in the top flight since 1981.

8Michel Vorm kept a league-leading eighth clean sheet of the season as Swansea battled to a 0-0 draw at Newcastle.

0 – Bolton‘s 2-0 defeat at Fulham made them the first side in Premier League history not to draw any of their opening 16 games of the season. (They have won three and lost 13.)

3Wayne Rooney scored in the opening minute as Manchester United won 2-0 at QPR to become the first player in Premier League history to score three first-minute goals.

13Manchester City‘s 1-0 victory over Arsenal was their 13th consecutive home league win, dating back to last season. David Silva scored the only goal of the game.

The NFL in numbers

1 – The Kansas City Chiefs handed the Green Bay Packers their first loss of the season, 19-14, to end the defending Super Bowl champions’ hopes of a perfect season.

Another NFL record for Brees (image courtesy of Wikipedia)

1 – In their 14th game of the season, the Indianapolis Colts beat the Tennessee Titans 27-13 to record their first win of the season.

11Drew Brees passed for 412 yards and five touchdowns as the New Orleans Saints hammered the Minnesota Vikings 42-20. Brees now has 11 300-yard passing games in 2011, the most in a single season in NFL history.

203Reggie Bush ran for a career-high 203 yards, including a 76-yard touchdown, as the Miami Dolphins beat the Buffalo Bills 30-23.

2 – Chicago Bears quarterback Caleb Hanie saw two of his three interceptions returned for touchdowns as the Seattla Seahawks strolled to a 38-14 win.

98Matthew Stafford threw two touchdown passes in the final five minutes, the second capping a 98-yard drive with 39 seconds remaining, as the Detriot Lions overturned a 13-point deficit to stun the Oakland Raiders 28-27.

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

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