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The week in numbers: w/e 1/4/12

All football fans will wish Petrov well

32 – Age of Aston Villa captain Stiliyan Petrov, who was diagnosed with acute leukemia last week.

56 – Jail sentence (in days) handed down to 21-year old student Liam Stacey, who made malicious and racist posts on Twitter in the wake of Fabrice Muamba‘s on-pitch heart attack two weeks ago.

1Sri Lanka beat England by 75 runs in the first Test at Galle to record their first win on home soil since Muttiah Muralitharan’s retirement in July 2010.

18 – Number of England wickets to fall to Sri Lanka spinners Rangana Herath (12) and Suraj Randiv (six), including all ten in the second innings.

32 – In weeks, the length of the ban awarded to Northampton’s Calum Clark for foul play for a deliberate act which fractured an opponent’s elbow last month.

0 – Apoel Nicosia had no touches in the opposition box and no goal attempts against Real Madrid in their 3-0 Champions League quarter-final first leg defeat.

Boonen completed a hat-trick of Tour of Flanders wins (image courtesy of Wikipedia)

3Tom Boonen won his third Tour of Flanders – one of European cycling’s five ‘Monuments’ – his third one-day Classics victory in the space of ten days.

1 – Points required by Celtic to clinch the Scottish Premier League title after their 2-0 win over St Johnstone.

0Andy Murray did not earn a single break point as he was defeated 6-1 7-6 by world number one Novak Djokovic in the final of the Sony Ericsson Open in Key Biscayne, Florida.

100Real Madrid‘s 5-1 victory at Osasuna moved them to 100 league goals for the season, which they have achieved in a record 30 games. The other teams in the Primera Liga have averaged just 37 goals each.

1Hunter Mahan clinched victory in the Houston Open by a single-stroke in the final major tournament before this week’s Masters.

The Premier League in numbers

Taarabt finally found the target at the 69th attempt

69Adel Taarabt scored his first Premier League goal with his 69th shot of the season in QPR’s 2-1 win over Arsenal.

1,035Fernando Torres scored the final goal in Chelsea’s 4-2 win at Aston Villa, his first Premier League goal in 1,035 minutes.

3Bolton Wanderers‘ 3-2 win at Wolves was their third consecutive league win, the first time they have managed this since December 2006.

29Norwich‘s 2-1 defeat at Fulham was the 29th consecutive away game in which they have conceded, a new Premier League record.

Reina received the second red card of his Liverpool career

9Jose Reina became only the ninth goalkeeper to be sent off more than once in the Premier League, as Liverpool lost 2-0 at Newcastle.

14Liverpool, eighth in the Premier League, are 14 points away from the relegation places, closer than they are to the Champions League spots.

1Sunderland‘s 3-3 draw at the Etihad Stadium was the first ever time they have avoided defeat away to Manchester City in the Premier League, on their eighth visit.

14Swansea have failed to win on any of their 14 visits to White Hart Lane, including yesterday’s 3-1 defeat by Spurs.

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

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