The week in numbers: w/e 1/1/12

A shock early exit for 15-time champion Taylor (image courtesy of Wikipedia)

2 – 15-time world champion Phil Taylor was defeated by Dave Chisnall in the second round of the PDC Darts World Championship, only the second time in his career he has failed to reach at least the quarter-finals at the tournament. (He also lost in the second round in 1993.)

10 – Defending PDC champion Adrian Lewis won ten straight legs as he overturned a five sets to one deficit to beat James Wade 6-5 in their semi-final.

5 – Kauto Star won the King George VI Chase at Kempton by 1½ legs. It was his fifth win, eclipsing the record of Desert Orchid.

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The week in numbers: w/e 20/11/11

O'Gara repeated his last-minute heroics (image courtesy of

2 – For the second successive week, Ronan O’Gara kicked a last-minute drop goal to earn Munster a victory in the Heineken Cup. This week his kick defeated Castres 27-24.

5Pakistan beat Sri Lanka by 26 runs in a one-day international in Sharjah. They took Sri Lanka’s last seven wickets for just 19 runs as they collapsed from 155/3 to 174 all out. Shahid Afridi, who had top-scored for Pakistan with 75, ignited the run with a spell of 5/8 in 22 balls. He finished with 5/35.

43 – Huddersfield Town‘s 2-1 win over Notts County set a new Football League record of 43 consecutive games without defeat. Arsenal hold the record for all English leagues with their 49-game unbeaten run during 2004 and 2005.

80 – Age of Basil D’Oliveira, the South Africa-born former England test cricketer who died on Saturday. His inclusion in England’s planned tour of South Africa in 1968 resulted in the ‘D’Oliveira Affair’, which led to South Africa’s expulsion from international cricket under the apartheid regime. He played 44 times for England, scoring five centuries and averaging 40 with the bat. He also took 47 wickets.

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The week in numbers: w/e 6/11/11

Butt was found guilty of spot-fixing

30 – In months, jail sentence handed down to former Pakistan cricket captain Salman Butt for his role in agreeing to arrange for three no-balls to be delivered at specified times during a Test match against England at Lord’s last year. Bowlers Mohammad Asif and Mohammad Amir were given 12 and six-month sentences respectively.

10 – Casey Stoner, who had already secured the 2011 MotoGP title, overtook Ben Spies on the final corner of the season-closing race in Valencia to win his tenth race of the year.

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