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The week in numbers: w/e 15/1/12

Yet another hat-trick for Messi (image courtesy of Wikipedia)

3Lionel Messi was awarded his third Ballon d’Or, becoming the fourth player (after Johan Cruyff, Michel Platini and Marco Van Basten) to win three times. He is only the second man after Platini to do so in three consecutive years.

23Sachin Tendulkar was dismissed for 15 and 8 as Australia defeated India by an innings and 37 runs in the third Test in Perth to take a 3-0 lead in the four-match series. Tendulkar remains stuck on 99 international centuries and has now gone 23 innings without registering a ton.

69 – Australia’s David Warner needed just 69 balls to score his century in Perth, the fourth-fastest ton in Test history. Four of the seven fastest centuries have been scored at the WACA. He finished with a total of 180 off 159 deliveries.

16Arsenal‘s 1-0 win over Leeds ensured they have made it past the third round of the FA Cup in each of the last 16 seasons, the longest run by any side.

12 seemed to be Henry's lucky number (image courtesy of arsenal.com)

12Thierry Henry scored the only goal of that game. It was his 12th goal against Leeds in his 12th game against them – and it came with just over 12 minutes remaining in the game.

1 – Munster beat Castres 26-10 to become the only team in this year’s Heineken Cup to maintain a perfect record of five wins from their first five pool matches.

10 – France’s Stephane Peterhansel and Cyril Despres won the Dakar Rally. It was a record 10th win for Peterhansel, who has won six times on motorbikes and four times in cars.

43 – Sri Lanka were bowled out for just 43, their lowest ever one-day total and the fourth-lowest ever, as South Africa beat them by 258 runs in the first one-day international in Paarl.

The Premier League in numbers

7Liverpool‘s 0-0 draw with Stoke was their seventh draw in 11 league games at Anfield this season. However, they are also unbeaten against Stoke in the top flight, with a record of 39 wins and ten draws.

2 – Number of on-loan LA Galaxy players on the field during Aston Villa’s 1-1 draw with Everton: Robbie Keane (Villa) and Landon Donovan (Everton).

Scholes scored for the first time post-retirement

18Paul Scholes‘ goal in Manchester United’s 3-0 win over Bolton made him only the second player ever to score in at least 18 different Premier League seasons. Teammate Ryan Giggs has scored in all 20.

21Norwich (2-1 winners at West Bromwich Albion) and Blackburn (3-1 victors against Fulham) both set a new Premier League record by failing to keep a clean sheet in any of their opening 21 games of the Premier League season.

1Newcastle defeated QPR 1-0 with their only shot on target of the entire game, a first half strike by Leon Best.

45 – Number of seconds between Theo Walcott‘s equaliser and Danny Graham‘s winning goal as Swansea beat Arsenal 3-2 at the Liberty Stadium.

The NFL in numbers

1 – The San Francisco 49ers became the first team in NFL postseason history to score two lead-changing touchdowns in the final three minutes of the fourth quarter as they defeated the New Orleans Saints 36-32 in a wild finish at Candlestick Park.

4 – Number of lead changes that occurred in the final 4:02 of the 49ers/Saints game.

Davis scored both the first and last TDs of the 49ers' remarkable win over the Saints (image courtesy of 49ers.com)

180 – The 49ers’ Vernon Davis had seven catches for 180 yards and two touchdowns, including a 14-yarder with nine seconds remaining to win the game. It was the highest yardage total ever by a tight end in an NFL postseason game.

6New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady tied an NFL postseason record by passing for six touchdowns – five of them in the first half – as the Patriots hammered the Denver Broncos 45-10.

9 – The Baltimore Ravens finished with a perfect 9-0 home record as they held off the Houston Texans 20-13, aided by four turnovers. They will now travel to New England to face the Patriots in next weekend’s AFC Championship Game.

165Hakeem Nicks caught seven passes for 165 yards – exactly half Eli Manning’s output of 330 yards – and two touchdowns as the New York Giants stunned the defending Super Bowl champion Green Bay Packers 37-20 at Lambeau Field.

1 – In the eighth game of this postseason, the Giants became the first team to win on the road ahead of a trip to San Francisco for the NFC Championship game. In their last title-winning season of 2007/8, the Giants won three consecutive road playoff games before upsetting the New England Patriots in Super Bowl XLII.

1 – The starting quarterbacks in the NFC Championship Game were both number one overall picks in their respective college drafts: the Giants’ Eli Manning (2004) and the 49ers’ Alex Smith (2005).

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

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One Response to The week in numbers: w/e 15/1/12

  1. Naturally I was watching Davey Warner’s innings. His 180 was a remarkable assault, on a pitch on which India were bowled out for 161 and 171, and the rest of the Australian batsmen managed 189 between them in their only innings.

    If he ever develops some consistency to go with his power hitting, watch out!

    Someone wrote that this Australian side is not yet a very good team (tottering veterans, struggling keeper, no established spinner or number three batsman) but they are very exciting to watch. 47 all out is still always a possibility, but here they are crushing the World Number 2 team.

    The fast bowling battery is seriously scary, even with Cummins, Pattinson and Johnson getting foot massages while waiting in the wings,

    It makes it even more of a shame that the ‘series’ against South Africa was only two games and that it will be ten months before they play another test match.

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