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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.

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The week in numbers: w/e 18/3/12

Tendulkar finally completed his century of centuries after waiting for more than a year

100Sachin Tendulkar finally ended a run of 33 innings – over the space of 370 days – without a hundred to become the first batsman ever to hit 100 international centuries, scoring 114 in a one-day international against Bangladesh in Dhaka. However, Bangladesh won the match by five wickets.

3Wales completed their Six Nations campaign with a third Grand Slam in eight years after their 16-9 victory over France.

5 – Italy’s 13-6 victory over Scotland left them bottom of the Six Nations table having lost all five games.

16 – Big Buck’s tied Sir Ken’s record of 16 consecutive jumps victories by winning the World Hurdle at the Cheltenham Festival for a record fourth time.

23 – World number one Victoria Azarenka recorded her 23rd consecutive victory of 2012 as she defeated Maria Sharapova 6-2 6-3 to win the Indian Wells tournament.

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Arsenal progress, but it’s no walk in the Park

Arsenal 2 Bolton 1

Arshavin 53, Park 56; Muamba 47

Who says Arsène Wenger deprioritises the Carling Cup? On a night where Bolton had the lion’s share of the chances, Arsenal had to come from behind to secure a place in the quarter-finals for the ninth consecutive year (extending their own record) with a battling performance in which the senior players employed down the spine of the team stepped up and provided the leadership required by their younger teammates. Goals by Andrey Arshavin and Park Chu-Young – his first for the club – within nine minutes of former Gunner Fabrice Muamba‘s opener were ultimately enough as Arsenal rode their luck to progress to the last eight.

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