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The week in numbers: w/e 11/3/12

Wiggins' win on the final stage clinched overall victory (image courtesy of Wikipedia)

2 – Bradley Wiggins became only the second British cyclist (after Tom Simpson in 1967) to claim victory in the Paris-Nice stage race, as he won the final stage individual time trial to beat Lieuwe Westra by eight seconds overall. It was also Wiggins’ second major stage race win after the Criterium du Dauphine last year.

4 – Scotland were condemned to their fourth loss in as many matches in this year’s Six Nations as they lost 32-14 to Ireland. Similarly, Italy joined them with an identical record as they lost 24-3 in Wales, who can clinch a Grand Slam if they can beat France in Cardiff on Saturday.

3 – England scored three tries as they beat France 24-22 in Paris – one more than they had managed in their previous three matches combined.

3England have won three away games for the first time since the tournament expanded to become the Six Nations in 2000. They have won on the road in Scotland, Italy and now France.

5Lionel Messi became the first player ever to score five times in a single Champions League match as Barcelona hammered Bayer Leverkusen 7-1 to win 10-2 on aggregate.

648 – In that game, Barcelona completed 865 passes – an incredible 648 more than Leverkusen’s total of 217.

50Messi scored both goals in last night’s 2-0 win at Racing to take his season’s total to 50 goals in 43 matches for Barcelona this season.

Aldama won one of two British gold medals (image courtesy of Wikipedia)

39 – Britain’s Yamile Aldama, who has previously competed for both Cuba and Sudan, won a gold medal in the triple jump at the World Indoor Championships in Istanbul at the age of 39, setting a season’s best of 14.82m to win by 19cm.

9 – The women’s 4 x 400m relay squad won gold to leave Britain second in the overall medals table (behind only the USA) with nine medals: two gold, three silver and four bronze.

1 – Double Paralympic swimming champion Ellie Simmonds became the first competitor to break a world record at London’s new Aquatics Centre with victory in the 200m individual medley. The 17-year-old finished in a time of 3:08.14, beating her own record.

29 – Age of Canadian skier Nick Zoricic, who died after crashing heavily in a World Cup skicross race in Switzerland.

10 – World number one Rory McIlroy recorded his tenth top-five finish in his last 11 events as he finished third, two shots behind England’s Justin Rose, at the WGC-Cadillac Championship in Miami.

1 – Scotland’s Ricky Burns successfully completed the first defence of his WBO lightweight crown with a comfortable unanimous points win over Paulus Moses in Glasgow.

The Premier League in numbers

Weimann's injury time winner gave Villa a first home win in over four months (image courtesy of Wikipedia)

7 – Substitute Andreas Weimann scored the only goal of the game in the 92nd minute to give Aston Villa a 1-0 win over Fulham. It ended a sequence of seven consecutive home games without a win (two draws, five defeats), dating back to 5th November last year.

1Blackburn Rovers‘ 2-0 win at Wolves was their first Premier League clean sheet of the season. Their previous shut-out was on 30th April 2011.

3Liverpool‘s 1-0 defeat at Sunderland marked the first time they have lost three consecutive league games since October 2003.

3 – Similarly, Tottenham‘s 1-0 defeat at Everton marked the first time they have lost three consecutive league games since October 2008, a sequence which saw manager Juande Ramos sacked.

1 – A red card for West Brom’s Jonas Olsson in their 2-0 defeat at Manchester United meant that Fulham are now the only Premier League side this season who have yet to have a man sent off.

A ton up for Drogba

100Didier Drogba scored the only goal as Chelsea beat 10-man Stoke. It was his 100th Premier League goal, making him the 22nd player to achieve this feat.

4 – Number of teams in the bottom five who played each other this weekend: Wolves vs Blackburn and Bolton vs QPR (which Bolton won 2-1).

4 – Number of points separating the bottom five sides after this weekend’s games – Blackburn are 16th with 25 points, while Wigan are bottom with 21. Aston Villa, in 15th, are eight points clear of Blackburn.

13 – Number of goals in this weekend’s round of Premier League games, with only tonight’s Arsenal vs Newcastle match to come. The lowest total for a full ten-game round so far this season is 18 goals.

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

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