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The week in numbers: w/e 4/3/12

McIlroy displaced Luke Donald as world number one (image courtesy of Wikipedia)

22 – Age of Rory McIlroy, who yesterday became world number one at 22 years and 10 months after winning the Honda Classic at Palm Beach. Only Tiger Woods, who was joint-second, two shots behind, has climbed to the top of golf’s rankings at a younger age.

72Roger Federer defeated Andy Murray 7-5 6-4 in the final of the Dubai Championship to win his 72nd career title. Murray had beaten world number one Novak Djokovic to reach the final.

50Wladimir Klitschko recorded his 50th professional knockout as he successfully defended his WBA, IBF and WBO world heavyweight title belts with a fourth-round win over Frenchman Jean-Marc Mormeck.

2Tommy Bowe scored two first-half tries as Ireland took a 17-6 lead in Paris in their rescheduled Six Nations match. However, France recovered in the second half to draw 17-17.

Kohli's century spurred India to a big victory

3 – Centuries scored in Tuesday’s Commonwealth Bank triangular series match between Sri Lanka and India. Sri Lanka’s Tillakaratne Dilshan and Kumar Sangakkara scored 160 and 105 respectively as Sri Lanka scored 320/4, but India’s Virat Kohli hit 133 not out off 86 balls to guide India to victory with 80 balls to spare.

31Dan Christian became the 31st player (and the fourth Australian) to take a hat-trick in a one-day international in Friday’s last round-robin game against Sri Lanka. Nevertheless, Sri Lanka won the match by nine runs.

163David Warner hit his maiden ODI century and finished with 163 (off 157 balls) as Australia beat Sri Lanka in the first game of the three-match final. It was the sixth-highest ODI innings ever by an Australian.

6 – Number of stages won by sprinter Andrea Guardini in cycling’s ten-day Tour de Langkawi. The Italian also won five stages in the previous year’s edition.

70.40 – Distance thrown (in metres) by Sophie Hitchon, who set a new British hammer record at a meeting in Loughborough.

1 – Northern Ireland’s Mark Allen clinched his first ranking title with a dominant 10-1 victory over Stephen Lee at the World Open final in China.

6PSV Eindhoven conceded six goals at home for the first time in Eredivisie history (939 matches) as they lost to Steve McClaren’s Twente side 6-2.

6Charlie Hodgson kicked six penalties as Saracens beat Northampton 18-12. All 30 points came as a result of successful penalty kicks.

The Premier League in numbers

48.1% – Percentage of Premier League games won (13 of 27) by Andre Villas-Boas during his brief reign as manager of Chelsea. Villas-Boas was sacked yesterday, less than 24 hours after his side’s 1-0 defeat at West Brom.

0 – Premier League points won by West Brom against Chelsea before Saturday’s win. They had previously lost all 11 encounters in the Premier League era, and had not defeated them since in March 1979.

25West Brom had 25 shots against Chelsea, the most by a side against the Blues in three years (Liverpool also had 25 shots against them in Feb 2009).

Two more goals for the Premier League's top scorer, improving his tally to 25 (image courtesy of arsenal.com)

25 – Premier League goals scored by Robin van Persie this season. The Arsenal captain scored both goals, including a spectacular injury-time winner, in the 2-1 win at Liverpool.

26 – Excluding the four own goals they have benefited from, Liverpool players have scored just 26 Premier League goals this season – only one more than van Persie.

5Laurent Koscielny‘s own goal meant Arsenal have now scored five own goals in the PL this season. No other team has more than two.

7Van Persie‘s 92nd-minute winner means there have been seven goals scored in the 90th minute or later in the last seven league matches between Liverpool and Arsenal.

19 – Manchester City‘s 2-0 win over Bolton was their 19th consecutive Premier League home victory, tying Manchester United’s record.

Pogrebnyak has made an immediate impact at Fulham (image courtesy of Wikipedia)

5 – Fulham’s Pavel Pogrebnyak scored a hat-trick in Fulham’s 5-0 demolition of Wolves. In just three games for the club, he has scored five times from only five shots on target.

12Wigan‘s 2-0 defeat to Swansea was their 12th successive home league game without a win (five draws, seven defeats).

30Blackburn equalised late on against Aston Villa to draw 1-1, but they have now gone 30 league games without a clean sheet. West Brom hold the Premier League record with 34.

11 – Number of cards issued in the derby game between Newcastle and Sunderland, which finished 1-1. Only one other game this season has seen as many cards (11, QPR v Chelsea).

20Nicklas Bendtner‘s successful penalty for Sunderland at Newcastle made them the 20th and last Premier League team to score from the spot this season.

22 – Tottenham‘s 3-1 defeat to Manchester United extended their run of Premier League games against United without a win to 22, stretching back to May 2001.

4.8 – Average goals per game in the meetings between the current top five (City, United, Spurs, Arsenal, Chelsea) so far this season (15 games, 72 goals). In the 20 matches last season, just 42 goals were scored at an average of 2.1 per game.

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

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