The week in numbers: w/e 2/1/11

Phil Taylor won't be adding to his 15 world titles this year (image courtesy of Wikipedia)

2Phil ‘The Power’ Taylor was knocked out by Mark Webster in the quarter-final of darts’ PDC World Championships. It is only the second time in the past 18 years that Taylor has failed to reach the final.

18 – 18 wickets fell on the second day of the second Test between South Africa and India in Durban. India’s last four first innings wickets and their first four second innings wickets fell either side of the hosts being bowled out for just 131. India eventually won by 87 runs to tie the series 1-1 and set up the decisive third Test, which started in Cape Town yesterday.

1Squash player Nick Matthew, who three weeks ago became the first English winner of the World Open, has also become the first Englishman ever to finish the year as world number one, according to the Professional Squash Association rankings.

156 – Passes successfully completed by Xavi in Barcelona‘s 2-1 win over Levante. As an entire side, Levante completed just 115 passes.

The Ashes in numbers

1 – Defeat by an innings and 157 runs in the fourth Test meant this was the first time ever that Australia have lost by an innings twice in the same series outside of England.

Jonathan Trott averages over 100 in Ashes Tests

2 – As of the end of the fourth Test, only two players in Ashes history have averaged above 100 in England vs Australia matches – Australia’s Albert Trott and England’s Jonathan Trott. No, they’re not related.

19 – It was Australia’s worst Ashes loss since the legendary Old Trafford Test of 1956, when spinner Jim Laker took 19/90 and England won by an innings and 170 runs.

3 – Australia have lost by an innings three times since the beginning of 2009, having only lost twice between 1992-93 and 2009.

12 – There hasn’t been a draw between England and Australia at the MCG in their last 12 meetings there. Australia have won seven to England’s five.

24 – The number of years since England last retained the Ashes (1986/87).

21 – Australia and England have met 48 times in Tests at Sydney – venue for the fifth and final Test which started last night – with 21 wins each and six draws.

The Premier League week in numbers

5Arsenal‘s 3-1 win over Chelsea ended a run of five successive defeats in all competitions against the defending champions.

1 – Chelsea had only one shot on target in the entire game – Branislav Ivanović‘s headed goal.

Baird's first goals in nearly four years broke Fulham's long winless away streak

26Fulham won 2-0 away at Stoke, ending a run of 26 consecutive away league matches without a win, dating back to August 2009. Chris Baird, who had not registered a goal in nearly four years, scored twice in the first ten minutes.

2 Manchester City scored three goals in the first half in their 4-0 win at home to Aston Villa. The last time they scored twice in the first half at home in a league match was last season, also against Villa.

3Blackburn have had a man sent off in their last three meetings with West Bromwich Albion. Nikola Kalinic saw red, but Blackburn still won 3-1.

31Sunderland had 31 shots in their match against Blackpool. They lost 2-0.

26 Wolves won 1-0 at Liverpool. It was their first win at Anfield in 26 years.

1Rio Ferdinand‘s first Premier League foul of the season resulted in the penalty missed by Peter Odemwingie, as Manchester United won 2-1 at West Bromwich Albion.

Rooney finally scored from open play

1,418Wayne Rooney‘s third-minute opener ended a run of 1,418 minutes without a goal from open play for United.

1 – Stoke had only one shot on target against Everton but won 2-0.

3 – Everton have scored an own goal in each of their last three games.

6West Ham‘s 2-0 win over Wolves ended a run of six consecutive New Year’s Day defeats, the longest such sequence in the Premier League.

3 Roger Johnson‘s own goal in the 3-0 defeat to Arsenal was the third scored by a Birmingham centre back this season.

3 – There were three goals in the 84th minute or later as Chelsea recovered from 2-1 down at home to Aston Villa to take a 3-2 lead, before conceding an injury-time equaliser to draw 3-3.

The NFL week in numbers

Brett Favre endured only his second ever losing season (image courtesy of

2 – For just the second time in 20 NFL seasons, Minnesota’s Brett Favre was on a team with a losing record (6-10) as the Vikings lost to Detroit 20-13. His only other losing season was 2005 when Green Bay finished 4-12.

5 – The New England Patriots defeated Miami 38-7 to finish the season 14-2 overall, and 8-0 at home. It is the fifth time in the last eight seasons they have been unbeaten at home – no other NFL team has achieved this feat more than once in that span.

8 – New England have now scored 30-plus points in eight consecutive games, the third longest streak in NFL history (St Louis 14 games in 1999, New England nine in 2006-07).

7 – The Patriots lost a fumble against Miami, ending their NFL record streak of seven straight games without a turnover.

10 – New England’s 10 turnovers this season is the fewest in NFL history.

335 – Tom Brady extended his NFL record of consecutive pass attempts without an interception to 335.

1 – The Seattle Seahawks became the first team in NFL history to win a division title (and qualify for the playoffs) with a losing record. Their 16-6 victory over the the St Louis Rams saw them finish 7-9.

9 – The Indianapolis Colts finished 10-6 after a 23-20 win over the Tennessee Titans. It means they have won at least 10 games for nine consecutive seasons, the second-longest such streak ever (the San Francisco 49ers achieved it 16 years running from 1983-98).

9 – The Colts have now qualified for the playoffs in nine consecutive seasons, tying the Dallas Cowboys (1975-83) for the longest run in NFL history.

33 – Quarterback Matt Ryan led Atlanta to a 31-10 victory over Carolina. He is now 33-13 as a starter, tying the legendary Dan Marino for most wins by a starting quarterback in his first three seasons since at least 1970.

1 – The Oakland Raiders defeated the Kansas City Chiefs 31-10 to finish 6-0 against AFC West rivals this season. However, they were 2-8 outside their division and finished 8-8 overall, becoming the first team since at least 1970 to sweep their division and yet miss the playoffs.

22 – 22 quarterbacks have passed for at least 3,000 yards, the most in a single season in NFL history. (The previous record was 19 in 2001 & 2009.)

(Some statistics courtesy of Opta Sports, The Times, @InfostradaLive@StatManJon, Cricinfo and

The week in numbers: w/e 7/11/10

Édgar Rentería, 2010 World Series MVP (image courtesy of Wikipedia)

56 – The San Francisco Giants‘ 4-1 win over the Texas Rangers gave them their first World Series triumph since 1954 (a gap of 56 years), and their first since relocating from New York in 1957.

4 – Short-stop Édgar Rentería hit the three-run homer which gave the Giants their 3-1 victory to clinch the World Series. He is only the fourth man to have struck the winning hit in a World Series-clinching game (having previously done the same for the Florida Marlins in 1997), joining an exclusive club comprising three of baseball’s biggest legends: Lou Gehrig, Joe DiMaggio and Yogi Berra. Rentería was also voted the World Series MVP, the first Colombian player to receive that accolade.

25 – Number of points deducted from Scottish First Division club Dundee, after they went into administration for the second time in seven years. This left them on minus-11 points, 20 points adrift at the bottom of the division.

7 Marseille‘s 7-0 away win at Slovakian champions MŠK Žilina was the largest ever victory by a visiting side since the European Cup adopted the Champions League format.

14Arsenal‘s 2-1 defeat at Shakhtar Donetsk marked the 14th successive Champions League away game in which they have failed to keep a clean sheet.

8Celtic beat Aberdeen 9-0 on Saturday, despite only having eight shots on target.

Brazilian GP winner Sebastian Vettel (image courtesy of Wikipedia)

4 – Number of drivers who can still win the Formula 1 drivers’ title with just the season-ending Abu Dhabi Grand Prix to come. Sebastian Vettel led a Red Bull one-two in Brazil to cut Fernando Alonso‘s advantage over the German’s teammate Mark Webber to just eight points. Lewis Hamilton is a rank outsider, 24 points behind Alonso. (25 points are available for a win.)

2 – If Alonso finishes second in Abu Dhabi, he will guarantee winning his third drivers’ title.

1 – Although the drivers’ title remains in doubt, Red Bull claimed their first constructors’ world championship, in only their sixth season.

4 – Britain enjoyed their most successful ever World Rowing Championships, winning four gold medals in Olympic-class events (and five in total).

The Premier League week in numbers

61 – Number of minutes for which West Bromwich Albion played with nine men at Blackpool on Monday night. Although they lost the match 2-1, the score during the 61 minutes for which they had a two-man disadvantage was 1-1.

29 – After their 2-2 draw with Everton, Blackpool have now scored in 29 consecutive home matches, last failing to score at home on 18th October 2009.

Owen Hargreaves - crocked again

777Owen Hargreaves started Manchester United‘s game against Wolves, 777 days after his previous Premier League start.

5 – Hargreaves lasted for just five minutes before leaving the field injured. (United won 2-1.)

8Liverpool‘s 2-0 win against Chelsea ended their run of eight consecutive league wins against the other members of the ‘Big Four’ (Chelsea, Liverpool, Manchester United, Arsenal).

27 Cesc Fàbregas misplaced 27 passes in Arsenal’s 1-0 home defeat to Newcastle, his worst ever tally in a Premier League game.

2 – Arsenal are the first ‘Big Four’ side to lose at home to two different newly promoted teams in a Premier League season.

2Mario Balotelli became the first player to score twice and be sent off in the same Premier League match since Robbie Keane against Birmingham in December 2007.

The NFL week in numbers

3 – There were three overtime games this weekend, the most in the NFL since week two of the 2006 season.

13 – The Atlanta Falcons have won 13 straight home games under quarterback Matt Ryan, whose overall home record as a starter is now 17-1 (Atlanta 27 Tampa Bay 21).

Philip Rivers (image courtesy of

22 – Philip Rivers had his 22nd straight game with at least one passing touchdown (the longest active streak in the NFL) as San Diego beat Houston 29-23. He now has 2,944 passing yards this season, putting him on pace for an NFL-record 5,234 yards.

7 – The New York Jets picked up their seventh straight road win – a franchise record – as they defeated Detroit 23-20 in overtime.

1 – Detroit rookie defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh missed an extra point attempt standing in for injured kicker Jason Hanson. He is the first defensive tackle since at least 1970 to attempt a kick in a game.

3 – The Oakland Raiders have won three straight games for first time since their 2002 Super Bowl season, and their five wins is already tied for their most since the same season. (Oakland 23 Kansas City 20 (OT)).

12 – The Philadelphia Eagles improved to 12-0 in games following a bye week under coach Andy Reid, the longest such streak in the NFL. (Philadelphia 26 Indianapolis 24).

13Indianapolis‘s loss ended the Colts’ streak of 13 straight wins in games played in November.

(Some statistics courtesy of @OptaJoe, @optajim, @OptaJean and

The week in numbers: w/e 24/10/10

3Beth Tweddle won her third gold medal at the World Artistic Gymnastics Championships in Rotterdam, triumphing in the uneven bars. She is the only British gymnast ever to claim gold at the Worlds.

LaShawn Merritt - 21-month ban (image courtesy of Wikipedia)

21 – Length of ban (in months) given to LaShawn Merritt, the world and Olympic 400 metres champion, after three positive tests for testosterone prohormones. Merritt co-operated with the US Anti-Doping Agency, who subsequently shortened his suspension by three months. Conveniently, Merritt will now be eligible to compete in the 2012 Olympics.

14 – Goals scored by Arsenal in their three Champions League group matches to date, the most ever at this stage. They had already beaten Braga 6-0 and Partizan Belgrade 3-1 before defeating Shakhtar Donetsk 5-1 on Tuesday.

6 – Arsenal striker Marouane Chamakh became the first player to score in six consecutive Champions League matches (three for Bordeaux, three for Arsenal).

8 – Number of summit finishes (out of 21 stages) the peloton will have to tackle during the 2011 Giro d’Italia, the route for which was revealed on Saturday. Ouch.

Samuel Eto'o - six Champions League goals (image courtesy of Wikipedia)

6Inter Milan‘s Samuel Eto’o has scored with all six shots on target in the Champions League this season.

1,200,000 – In dollars, the size of the fine the Kazakh cyclist Alexandre Vinokourov has avoided after his appeal to the Court of Arbitration for Sport was upheld. Vinokourov had signed a contract which stated he would forfeit a year’s salary if caught doping. He was thrown out of the 2007 Tour de France for blood doping and subsequently served a two-year ban.

16 – Goals scored by Real Madrid in their last three league games after their 6-1 win over Racing Santander. Cristiano Ronaldo scored four times in Saturday evening’s rout.

10PSV Eindhoven inflicted a record 10-0 defeat on former European and UEFA Cup winners Feyenoord. Brazilian Jonathan Reis scored a hat-trick.

70 – Former footballer Edison “Edson” Arantes do Nascimento celebrated his 70th birthday on Saturday. We know him better as Pelé.

Fernando Alonso now leads the F1 drivers' championship (image courtesy of Wikipedia)

5Ferrari‘s Fernando Alonso claimed his fifth grand prix win of the season – it was his third in the last four races – at the inaugural event in South Korea yesterday.

25 – With two races remaining of the Formula 1 season, just 25 points separate new championship leader Alonso from fourth-placed Sebastian Vettel. There are 25 points available for a race win.

26 – Age of American male swimmer Fran Crippen, a World Championship bronze medallist, who died on Saturday after losing consciousness in a 10km race held in the United Arab Emirates. The water temperature was officially 30 degrees, although many of the swimmers reported it was hotter. Three other competitors were hospitalised as race organisers did nothing to heed warnings and concerns from several swimmers.

The Premier League week in numbers

1West Ham only managed one shot on target in their 2-1 defeat at home to Newcastle, the third time this has happened to them this season.

Johan Elmander - away specialist

5Johan Elmander‘s goal for Bolton in their 1-1 draw at Wigan was his fifth in the league this season. All five have come away from home.

8 – After defeating Wolves 2-0, Chelsea have now kept eight consecutive Premier League clean sheets at home.

12 – For Wolves, it was the 12th straight game in which they have failed to keep a clean sheet. They are the only Premier League team yet to register a clean sheet this season.

51Birmingham‘s 2-0 win over Blackpool snapped a sequence of 51 games in which they had failed to win by more than a single goal.

Richard Dunne - generous

8 – A Richard Dunne own goal was enough to give Sunderland victory over Aston Villa. Dunne has now scored eight own goals in the Premier League, more than any other player.

16 – Arsenal’s 3-0 at Manchester City was their first clean sheet in 16 games (in all competitions) away from the Emirates Stadium.

4 – Arsenal’s league opponents to date have had four players sent off, and conceded four penalties – more than any other team in both categories.

The NFL week in numbers

328 – Rushing yards accumulated by the Oakland Raiders in their 59-14 rout of the Denver Broncos. It was the third-best rushing day in franchise history, and the most since they set their record of 356 rushing yards against Seattle in 1987.

12 – Atlanta Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan has won his last 12 starts at home, and is 16-1 in his career at home as a starter (Atlanta 39 Cincinnati 32).

184Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Hines Ward had his 184th consecutive game with a reception, passing Art Monk for the fourth-longest streak all-time (Pittsburgh 23 Miami 22).

1 – The Carolina Panthers‘ 23-20 win over the San Francisco 49ers means there is only one winless team remaining in the NFL – the Buffalo Bills, who lost in overtime, 37-34, to the Baltimore Ravens.

2Cleveland Browns linebacker David Bowens returned two interceptions for touchdowns, becoming only the third linebacker since 1950 to achieve this feat (Cleveland 30 New Orleans 17).

68 – Cleveland punter Reggie Hodges’ 68-yard run on a fake punt was the longest run by a punter since the 1970 NFL/AFL merger.

(Some statistics courtesy of Opta Sports, @castrolfootball and

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