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The week in numbers: w/e 15/4/12

Rosberg dominated in Shanghai to win his first GP (image courtesy of Wikipedia)

111Nico Rosberg won the Chinese GP in Shanghai, his first Formula 1 win in his 111th race. His father Keke won five Grands Prix from 1982 to 1985, including the drivers’ title in 1982.

3 – The first three Formula 1 races of this season have been won by three different drivers: Jenson Button (Australia), Fernando Alonso (Malaysia) and Rosberg (China). But the championship is led by Lewis Hamilton, who has finished third in each of the three races.

51Neptune Collonges became the first grey to win the Grand National since Nicolaus Silver in 1961, 51 years ago.

2 – Number of horses who were put down after falling in the Grand National (Synchronised, According to Pete).

25 – Age of Livorno midfielder Piermario Morosini, who collapsed and died after suffering a cardiac arrest during a Serie B match at Pescara on Saturday. Italian football authorities subsequently postponed the entire weekend’s fixtures.

107Real Madrid‘s 3-1 win over Sporting Gijon took them to 107 league goals, equalling the single season record in La Liga. They still have five games remaining.

Ronaldo and Messi are tied on a record 41 goals (image courtesy of Wikipedia)

41Cristiano Ronaldo scored once and Lionel Messi twice as both broke the Spanish single-season goalscoring record. The pair each have 41 goals. Real Madrid play Barcelona this weekend.

1Rory McIlroy has regained the world number one spot in golf‘s rankings after Luke Donald could only finish joint-37th at the RBC Heritage tournament in the US. Donald needed a top-eight finish to hold on to his place at the top.

27 – Seven-time snooker world champion Stephen Hendry ensured he will extend his own record of consecutive participations at the Crucible Theatre to 27 with a 10-6 qualifying victory over Yu Delu of China.

11Jon Clare took 5/17 and 6/40 to finish with match figures of 11/57 as Derbyshire beat Glamorgan by 130 runs in their County Championship encounter.

11 – Hampshire’s David Balcombe took a career-best 8/71 in Gloucestershire’s first innings and followed it up with 3/48 in the second, but still ended up on the losing side as Gloucestershire won by 33 runs.

116Hearts beat Celtic 2-1 to set up only the second ever Edinburgh derby in the Scottish Cup final, 116 years after the first (1896).

The Premier League in numbers

A rare first-half goal for Defoe

11Jermain Defoe‘s 33rd-minute goal in Spurs’ 2-1 defeat to Norwich on Easter Monday was the first time he had scored in the first half of a Premier League match in over a year. His previous 11 league goals had all been scored in the second half of games.

150Frank Lampard‘s penalty in Chelsea’s 1-1 draw at Fulham on Easter Monday made him the first midfielder to score 150 Premier League goals.

14Wigan‘s 1-0 victory over Manchester United ended a woeful run in which they had lost all 14 previous encounters with United, and also ended the champions’ eight-game winning streak.

8Sebastien Bassong‘s eighth-minute dismissal was the earliest red card of the Premier League season. Ten-man Wolves consequently lost 3-0 at home to Arsenal.

Aguero finally registered a goal outside of Manchester and London

1Sergio Aguero scored his 20th and 21st league goals of the season in Manchester City’s 6-1 win at Norwich. They were his first goals scored outside of Manchester and London, and only his third and fourth outside Manchester.

6Manchester City became the first team to score at least six goals in two separate away matches in a season since Manchester United in 1998/99.

47Manchester United‘s 4-0 win over Aston Villa was the 47th consecutive home league game in which they had scored, breaking Arsenal’s Premier League record.

10 – United have now won all ten Premier League games that Paul Scholes has started this season.

5Blackburn‘s 3-0 defeat at Swansea was their fifth in a row and leaves them one place off the bottom, three points from safety.

The FA Cup semi-finals in numbers

12 – Everton‘s 2-1 FA Cup semi-final defeat to Liverpool was their 12th semi-final defeat in the competition – more than any other team.

3 – On the three previous occasions that Liverpool have beaten Everton in an FA Cup semi-final, they have gone on to lose the final.

6 – Tottenham‘s 5-1 defeat to Chelsea was their sixth successive FA Cup semi-final defeat, matching the record of Chelsea, who lost six in a row between 1920 and 1966.

10 – Number of times Chelsea and Liverpool have been paired together in domestic and European cup competitions in the last eight seasons.

2 – For the second season in a row, the FA Cup final features two teams – Liverpool and Chelsea – who were due to meet in the league on the same day.

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

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