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The week in numbers: w/e 5/2/12

Angelo Dundee, 1921-2012. RIP (image courtesy of Wikipedia)

90 – Age of legendary boxing trainer Angelo Dundee, who reportedly had a heart attack after being taken to hospital with a blood clot. Dundee worked alongside former heavyweight champion Muhammad Ali for 20 years.

2 – The New York Giants defeated the New England Patriots 21-17 in Super Bowl XLVI in the early hours of this morning. It was the second time in the past five seasons the Giants have beaten the Patriots in the NFL title game. On both occasions they have scored the winning touchdown inside the final minute. (You can find more statistically-related observations over on my Super Bowl in numbers post.)

16 – Number of wickets that fell on the first day of the third Test between England and Pakistan in Dubai. Pakistan were bowled out for 99 before reducing England to 104/6.

157Azhar Ali scored 157 – more than either team had managed in total in their first innings – as Pakistan set England a target of 324 to win and avoid a 3-0 series whitewash.

1England beat Scotland 13-6 in their opening game of the 2012 Six Nations, their first win at Murrayfield in eight years (four games).

O'Sullivan ended his long winning drought (image courtesy of Wikipedia)

29 – Former world number one Ronnie O’Sullivan won his first ranking title since September 2009 – a gap of 29 months – by beating Stephen Maguire 9-7 in the final of the German Masters, despite Maguire scoring centuries in three consecutive frames at one stage.

65 – Final round shot by 1999 Open winner Paul Lawrie to win the Qatar Masters in Doha by four shots. The event had to be shortened to 54 holes due to heavy winds.

19Tom Boonen won the first stage of cycling’s Tour of Qatar, his 19th victory at this race. No other rider has ever claimed more than three stages.

50 – American skier Lindsey Vonn claimed her 50th career World Cup victory by winning the downhill at Garmisch. She is only the third woman to achieve this milestone (Annemarie Moser-Proell (62), Vreni Schneider (55)).

The Premier League in numbers

8Manchester City‘s 1-0 defeat at Everton to Tuesday night was their eighth defeat in their last ten games with Everton.

2Manchester United managed only two shots on target against Stoke on Tuesday, but both were penalties converted bu Javier Hernandez and Dimitar Berbatov to give United a 2-0 win.

836 – United made 836 passes against Stoke, the second-most by a team in a Premier League this season. Only Manchester City have managed more, making 924 passes, also against Stoke.

Arteta has scored in three separate league games against Blackburn this season (image courtesy of arsenal.com)

15 – Number of goals in the two league meetings between Arsenal and Blackburn this season. Arsenal won 7-1 at the Emirates Stadium after losing 4-3 at Ewood Park in September.

3Robin van Persie scored a hat-trick in Arsenal’s win, but Mikel Arteta completed another hat-trick of sorts, scoring for the third time in as many games against Blackburn this season. (He scored for Everton before his subsequent transfer to Arsenal.)

22Van Persie‘s hat-trick moved him to 22 league goals for the season, with 14 games still remaining. He already has more goals than last season’s top scorers, Dimitar Berbatov and Carlos Tevez, who each had 20.

13 – In coming back from 1-0 down to win 2-1 at QPR, Wolves have now gained more points (13) from losing positions than any other team in the top flight this season. QPR have lost more points (15) from winning positions than any other side.

1Sergio Aguero scored the opening goal from the penalty spot in Manchester City’s 3-0 win over Fulham, It was the first Premier League penalty scored against Fulham since Mikel Arteta converted one for Everton in April 2010.

17 – The victory was City‘s 17th consecutive league home win, a new club record.

50Robbie Keane scored for Aston Villa in the 50th minute of the first half – the latest first half goal in the Premier League this season. Nevertheless Newcastle went on to win 2-1.

4Manchester United‘s comeback from 3-0 down at Chelsea was initiated by a pair of penalties, both converted by Wayne Rooney. Added to the two penalties in their win over Stoke in midweek, it made United the first Premier League team ever to score four consecutive goals from the penalty spot.

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

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