The week in numbers: w/e 17/10/10

300,000,000 – Estimated price (in pounds) paid by the John Henry-led New England Sports Ventures to purchase Liverpool FC from Tom Hicks and George Gillett Jr.

3 – By losing the second Test against India in Bangalore, Australia have now lost three Test matches in a row for the first time since 1988, when they lost three in a row to the West Indies.

Sachin Tendulkar

49Sachin Tendulkar scored 214 in India’s first innings of this match. It was his 49th Test century, and his 11th against Australia. The 37-year old is now the top-ranked batsman in Test cricket again for the first time since 2002.

5 – As a result of losing the two-match series 2-0, Australia will now begin the forthcoming Ashes series just fifth in the ICC Test rankings, one position below England.

6 – The Faroe Islands‘ 1-1 draw with Northern Ireland in their Euro 2012 qualifying match was only the sixth time they had avoided defeat in their last 41 games.

74 – Australia finished the Commonwealth Games with 74 gold medals, only one less than the combined total of second-placed India and third-placed England.

149 – Australia, India and England combined for 149 Commonwealth gold medals. The other 68 competing nations accumulated just 123 between them.

14 – Number of gold medals won by Australia in the Commonwealth Games cycling competition, out of a total of just 18 events.

Tom Daley

10 – England’s Tom Daley won the 10m platform diving competition, aided by his third dive of the competition, for which all seven judges awarded him a perfect score of ten.

4 – England’s Katherine Endacott finished fourth on the track in the Commonwealth Games women’s 100m final, but ended up with a silver medal after Australia’s Sally Pearson was retrospectively disqualified for a false start and Nigeria’s Osayemi Oludamola failed a drugs test. Endacott, a teaching assistant, is ranked just 135th in the world at the event.

3 – Number of drugs tests failed by Nigerian athletes at the Commonwealth Games.

2 Andy Murray defeated Roger Federer 6-3 6-2 in the final of the Shanghai Masters to secure only his second title of 2010. Murray’s career record against Federer now stands at 8-5, although he has never beaten him at a Grand Slam. tournament.

2 – Number of 3-0 leads which were squandered in Football League matches on Saturday afternoon. Peterborough United led 3-0 at home to Swindon Town after 22 minutes of their League One game on Saturday. By half-time it was 3-3. Peterborough eventually ran out 5-4 winners courtesy of a Kevin Amankwaah own goal in the third minute of injury time. And a Leon McKenzie hat-trick gave Northampton Town a 3-0 half-time lead over Hereford United in their League Two game on Saturday. However, the visitors scored four goals in 19 second half minutes to finish as unlikely 4-3 winners.

The Premier League week in numbers

5Marouane Chamakh has won five penalties in all competitions so far this season, as Arsenal beat Birmingham City 2-1 in Arsène Wenger‘s 800th game in charge of the club.

27 – Birmingham have now visited Arsenal 27 times since their last league win at the Emirates/Highbury in 1957, losing 18 and drawing nine.


6Manchester United‘s Nani has six assists this season, more than any other player. He had a goal and an assist as Manchester United drew 2-2 at home with West Bromwich Albion.

3 Tom Huddlestone scored Tottenham’s winner in their 2-1 victory at Fulham. Three of his seven Premier League goals have come against the Cottagers.

3 – Spurs have come from behind to win three of their last four games, having managed none in the previous 39.

181 – Time elapsed in seconds during which Ivan Klasnić scored Bolton‘s winning goal against Stoke City, and earned two yellow cards which saw him dismissed.

11Wolves‘ 1-1 draw with West Ham means they have now gone 11 league games without keeping a clean sheet.

19 – After their 2-0 defeat at Everton in the Merseyside derby, Liverpool occupy 19th place in the table for the first time in the Premier League era.

18 Carlos Tevez netted twice in Manchester City‘s 3-1 win at Blackpool. He has now scored in 18 of City’s last 19 league wins.

The NFL week in numbers

Tom Brady (image courtesy of Keith Allison)

23 – The Patriots recorded their 23rd consecutive home win with Tom Brady at quarterback, moving him ahead of John Elway for the second-longest streak in NFL history. He needs two more to tie the record set by Brett Favre between 1995-98 (New England 23 Baltimore 20 (OT)).

13Chicago‘s Devin Hester scored with an broke off an 89-yard punt return for a touchdown, his 9th career punt return TD. He now has 13 combined punt/kickoff returns for touchdowns, tying with Brian Mitchell for the NFL record (Seattle 23 Chicago 20).

3 – All three of Green Bay‘s losses this season have been by three points (Miami 23 Green Bay 20).

24Detroit‘s 28-20 loss at the New York Giants was their 24th consecutive road loss, tying them for the longest streak in NFL history – set by themselves between 2001-03.

22Philadelphia won their 22nd straight game when leading at halftime, the longest active streak in the NFL (Philadelphia 31 Atlanta 17).

183 – Pittsburgh‘s Hines Ward had five receptions for 54 yards and a touchdown, his 183rd consecutive game with a reception. He is now tied Art Monk for the fourth-longest streak in NFL history and now trails only Jerry Rice (274), Marvin Harrison (190) and Terrell Owens (185) (Pittsburgh 28 Cleveland 10).

172 – Tampa Bay‘s Ronde Barber made his 172nd consecutive start, passing Dick LeBeau for the most consecutive starts by a cornerback in NFL history. (New Orleans 31 Tampa Bay 6).

2 – San Francisco‘s 17-9 win over Oakland was their first win of the season, leaving only two team – Buffalo and Carolina – still to win this season. (Neither played this weekend.)

(Some statistics courtesy of @OptaJoe@optajim@OptaJean@StatManJon, The Times and

The week in numbers: w/e 26/9/10

England captain Andrew Strauss (image courtesy of HNM_1977)

8 Andrew Strauss‘s 68 in last Monday’s fourth one-day international against Pakistan was the eighth time he has passed 50 in ODIs in 2010, more than any other batsman. England went on to win the series 3-2.

68 – Points scored by both Collingwood and St Kilda in Saturday’s AFL Grand Final, after St Kilda recovered from a 24-point, third quarter deficit to level the scores with just 1:31 remaining. The teams will replay the final next Saturday.

3 – It was only the third tied final in AFL history, and the first since 1977.

0.293 – In seconds, Fernando Alonso‘s winning margin over Sebastian Vettel at yesterday’s Singapore Grand Prix.

25 – The points difference between F1 championship leader Mark Webber and fifth-placed Jenson Button, equivalent to the points available for a single race win. There are four grands prix remaining (assuming the Korean Grand Prix goes ahead).

31 – Age of Terry Newton, the former Wakefield and Great Britain rugby league star, who was found hanged at his home near Wigan yesterday afternoon. Newton had been serving a two-year suspension after testing positive for human growth hormone (HGH).

Ronnie O'Sullivan

10Ronnie O’Sullivan scored a record tenth career 147 break at the World Open in Glasgow last Monday. He had to be asked to pot the final black for the benefit of the crowd, having stopped at the pink in protest at the lack of a sizeable prize for a maximum break.

1 – Australian Neil Robertson defeated O’Sullivan 5-1 in last night’s final to confirm his position as the new world number one. He has now won all six of the world-ranking finals he has contested.

1997West Ham‘s 2-1 victory at Sunderland was the first time they had won a League Cup tie against top-tier opponents since 1997.

6 – In each of Wednesday’s six Carling Cup third round ties, the team scoring first ended up being knocked out of the competition.

69 – League positions between Liverpool (16th in the Premier League) and Northampton Town (17th in League Two) when the teams faced each other at Anfield in the Carling Cup. Northampton won on penalties when the match finished 2-2 after extra time, advancing to the fourth round for the first time since 1966.

30 – By winning 4-3 at Stamford Bridge, Newcastle ended Chelsea‘s run of 30 home domestic cup ties without defeat.

The Premier League week in numbers

Carlos Tevez

6 Carlos Tevez has scored six times in his last five Premier League appearances against Chelsea. In scoring the only goal of the game on Saturday, he raised his record to 25 goals in his last 29 league appearances.

0.70 – Goals per Premier League match conceded by Manchester City (27 games, 19 goals) since Roberto Mancini took over as manager. Under his predecessor Mark Hughes, they conceded goals at exactly twice that rate – 77 goals in 55 games, or 1.40 per match.

2 – Since the start of the 2009/10 season, Chelsea have failed to score just twice in the Premier League – against Birmingham last season and at Manchester City. The opposing goalkeeper on both occasions was Joe Hart.

5 – By drawing 0-0 at home to Everton, Fulham became only the second Premier League side to draw five of their opening six league games of the season, after Ipswich in 1992/93.

6 Fulham are unbeaten in their first six games, their best ever start to a Premier League season.

Samir Nasri (image courtesy of

3Samir Nasri has scored all three Arsenal goals in West Bromwich Albion‘s two visits to the Emirates Stadium. His two goals on Saturday were his first at home in the Premier League since scoring two against Manchester United in November 2008.

18 – Their 3-2 win at the Emirates ended West Brom’s run of 18 consecutive Premier League away games without a win (four draws, 14 defeats).

5Manuel Almunia has saved five of the last six Premier League penalties he has faced at the Emirates Stadium. (He saved Chris Brunt‘s first-half spot-kick on Saturday.)

2 – West Ham, who won their first league game of the season (1-0 versus Spurs), have collected exactly two yellow cards in each of their six Premier League games to date.

21Birmingham‘s goalless draw with Wigan extended their run of unbeaten home league games to 21.

2 – Six games into the Premier League season, there are now only two undefeated teams – Manchester United and Fulham.

1 – West Ham’s victory over Spurs means Everton are now the Premier League’s only winless club.

The NFL week in numbers

Tom Brady (image courtesy of Keith Allison)

22 – Consecutive home starts won by New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady (New England 38 Buffalo 30). Brady passed for 252 yards and three touchdowns.

22 – Consecutive road losses by the Detroit Lions, tied for the third-longest streak in NFL history (Minnesota 24 Detroit 10).

2Seattle‘s Leon Washington returned kickoffs 101 and 99 yards for touchdowns, becoming only the tenth player in NFL history to record two kick return TDs in a single game (Seattle 27 San Diego 20).

3 – There will be just three undefeated teams in the NFL after week three. The Kansas City Chiefs and Pittsburgh Steelers are both 3-0, and the Chicago Bears take on the Green Bay Packers tonight, with both currently 2-0.

5 – Conversely, there are five teams still looking to record their first win (Buffalo, Carolina, Cleveland, Detroit and San Francisco).

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

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