The week in numbers: w/e 19/2/12

Hoy won two events at the Track World Cup meeting in London (image courtesy of Wikipedia)

4 – Gold medals won by the British cycling team at the Track World Cup event at London’s Olympic velodrome. Sir Chris Hoy won in the individual sprint and keirin, while Joanna Rowsell won the women’s individual pursuit and the women’s team won the team pursuit. Britain also won a silver and two bronze medals.

45 – Balls required by South Africa’s Richard Levi to hit the fastest-ever Twenty20 international century. He finished with an unbeaten 117 from 51 balls, including a record 13 sixes, as South Africa beat New Zealand by eight wickets in Hamilton.

10 – Points deducted from Rangers after the club was put into administration last week owing up to £75m to HM Revenue & Customs. Despite the deduction, they remain six points clear of third-placed Motherwell in the Scottish Premier League.

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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 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 19/12/10

24 – Age of Rushden and Diamonds goalkeeper Dale Roberts, who was found dead having hanged himself on Tuesday.

136India were bowled out for 136 in the first innings of the first Test at Centurion. It was their third-lowest ever score in South Africa. Morne Morkel took a career best 5/20.

Sachin Tendulkar - 50 Test tons

50Sachin Tendulkar became the first man to score 50 Test centuries as India battled to avoid an innings defeat. He finished on 107 not out at the end of day four on Sunday.

26Phil Taylor made a hesitant start to his defence of the World Darts Championship. He hit just 26% of his doubles in beating Gary Mawson 3-0 in his first round match.

14 – Number of minutes for which Stuart Attwell took the teams off the pitch during the second half of Ipswich Town‘s game against Leicester City on Saturday evening. Ipswich were leading 3-0 at the time. They eventually resumed, and the game finished 3-0, ending a run of six consecutive defeats for Roy Keane‘s side.

1A P McCoy became the first jockey to win the BBC Sports Personality of the Year award last night, polling 42% of the public vote – four times as much as runner-up Phil Taylor. Heptathlete Jessica Ennis was third.

The Ashes in numbers

9Australia stumbled to 28/3 in their first innings. It was only the ninth time in Test history that a side has been reduced to under 30-3 in their first innings in consecutive matches.

6Mitchell Johnson‘s first innings haul of 6/38 represented his best ever bowling performance against England.

Mike Hussey - six straight Ashes innings of 50+ (image courtesy of Wikipedia)

6Michael Hussey has scored over fifty in each of his last six Ashes innings, the only man ever to do so. In his five innings in this series he already has 517 runs at an average of 103.4 in this series.

109 – England collapsed from 78/0 to 187 all out in the first innings. The 109 runs separating the first from the last wicket represented their worst such sequence ever at Perth …

100 – … Until they went from 23/0 to 123 all out in their second innings, losing ten wickets for just 100.

123 – England’s second innings total of 123 was the seventh-lowest ever at the WACA, and the joint second-lowest recorded by England in Perth (112 in 1998).

6 – This was Australia’s sixth consecutive win over England at the WACA.

The Premier League week in numbers

Sir Alex Ferguson - United's longest-serving manager

24Alex Ferguson passed Matt Busby‘s record of 24 years 43 days to become Manchester United‘s longest-serving manager last week.

11 – Arsenal have failed to win any of their last 11 meetings (in all competitions) with either Manchester United or Chelsea. They lost 1-0 at Old Trafford last Monday night.

1 Junior Stanislas‘s 74th-minute equaliser for West Ham at Blackburn was his first goal of the season.

27 – West Ham have gone 27 away games without a win, the second longest run in Premier League history.

9Sunderland‘s 1-0 win over Bolton was their ninth clean sheet of the season. It is already two more than they achieved in the whole of last season.

The NFL week in numbers

297 – After 297 consecutive regular season starts over 19 years, quarterback Brett Favre was forced to miss the Minnesota Vikings‘ 21-3 loss to the New York Giants.

4:26 – The San Diego Chargers came within 4:26 of recording consecutive shutouts for the first time in their history. Nonetheless they easily defeated the San Francisco 49ers 34-3.

DeSean Jackson scored on a punt return as time expired

1DeSean Jackson‘s 65-yard punt return touchdown as time expired was the first time in NFL history a game has been won on by a punt return on the final play of regulation. Philadelphia scored 28 points in the final 7:28 of the game to stun the New York Giants 38-31.

26 – The Detriot Lions defeated Tampa Bay 23-20 in overtime to snap an NFL-record 26-game road losing streak. It was their first road win since October 28th 2007 (at Chicago).

6 – In losing 17-14 in Buffalo, the Miami Dolphins became the first team in NFL history to start a season 1-6 or worse at home and 6-1 or better on the road.

3 – Teams who have qualified for the post-season, with two weeks still to go until the end of the regular season. The Atlanta Falcons and Pittsburgh Steelers joined the New England Patriots last night. The Chicago Bears can join them if they win tonight.

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

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