The week in numbers: w/e 10/10/10

Mark Webber (image courtesy of

Championship leader Mark Webber

14 – After a Red Bull one-two at yesterday’s Japanese Grand Prix, just 14 points – less than a third-place finish – separate championship leader Mark Webber from his team-mate Sebastian Vettel, who is third overall in the drivers’ standings. (Ferrari‘s Fernando Alonso is level on points with Vettel.)

4 – It was Red Bull’s fourth one-two finish of the 2010 season.

20 – At the age of 20, Caroline Wozniacki today became the 20th woman to claim the number one spot in the WTA rankings. She is one of only three number ones not to have won a Grand Slam singles tournament.

Sachin Tendulkar

14,017 – In his 171st Test, Sachin Tendulkar became the first man to accumulate 14,000 Test runs. He finished Sunday’s second day of the second Test against Australia with a total of 14,017.

140,000,000 – Amount in pounds that Liverpool owners Tom Hicks and George Gillett Jr stand to lose if an agreed sale to New England Sports Ventures is ratified.

11 – There were only 11 seconds (in actual playing time) separating Nani‘s two goals for Portugal against Denmark on Friday night.

27 – After their 2-0 home defeat to MacedoniaAndorra have now lost their last 27 matches in all competitions, dating back to March 2007.

19 – Goals conceded by San Marino in their three Euro 2012 qualifiers to date after they were beaten 8-0 by Hungary on Friday night. They have yet to score in this campaign.

The Ryder Cup in numbers

1 – This was the first time in Ryder Cup history that the event required a fourth day to complete the competition.

6 – It was the sixth time the competition has ended 14½-13½, with Europe and the USA winning three each.

Luke Donald extended his excellent Ryder Cup record (image courtesy of

3 – Luke Donald, Ian Poulter, Steve Stricker and Tiger Woods won the most points, with three each.

1 Stewart Cink was the only player to remain unbeaten in the competition: he halved three matches and won the other one.

0 –  The Molinari brothers, Edoardo and Francesco, were the only Europeans who failed to win a match.

1 –  Luke Donald has lost just one of his 11 Ryder Cup matches, winning eight and drawing two.

6 – Lee Westwood has won six of his seven encounters against Tiger Woods.

9 – Tiger Woods was an incredible nine-under par for the 15 holes it took to complete his singles win over Francesco Molinari.

The Commonwealth Games in numbers

33 – As of last night, 33 countries (out of 71) had won at least one medal. 20 have won at least one gold.

Louise Hazel (image courtesy of Birmingham News Room)

6,156 – Points recorded by England’s Louise Hazel, a lifetime best, in winning the heptathlon. Her total would have seen her finish just 10th in last year’s World Championships.

10,000 – The most successful country in terms of medals per capita population is Nauru, which has won one gold medal (in the men’s 77kg weightlifting) and has a population of just 10,000. The island in the Pacific (it is near Papua New Guinea) is the world’s smallest republic, but has a history of success in weightlifting competitions.

499,515 – By contrast England, who lie third overall in the medals table, have currently won 103 medals at a rate of one per 499,515 heads of population – about one-fiftieth the success rate of Nauru.

87.5% – With two events remaining, Australia have won 14 out of a possible 16 gold medals in the cycling competition, an incredible 87.5% success rate. (Although England and Scotland were missing the winners of seven Olympic gold medals from Beijing: Chris Hoy, Bradley Wiggins,Victoria Pendleton and Rebecca Romero.)

The NFL week in numbers

14The New York Giants have won the last 14 games (including playoffs) in which Justin Tuck has recorded a sack (New York Giants 34 Houston 10).

29Atlanta won at Cleveland, 20-10. It was their first win in Cleveland in 29 years.

13 – The Raiders ended a a 13-game losing streak against the Chargers, which had been the second-longest active streak against an opponent in the NFL (Oakland 35 San Diego 27).

31 – In losing 27-24 to Philadelphia, San Francisco fell to 0-5, their worst start to a season in 31 years.

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

The week in numbers: w/e 30/5/10

27,000,000 Reduction in the London 2012 Olympic Games budget (in pounds) announced as a result of Government cuts. The original ring-fenced budget was a whopping £9.325bn.

0 – Number of games lost by Dinara Safina in her first round victory over Britain’s Anne Keothavong at the French Open.

14 – Number of years since Kimiko Date Krumm last beat a top-ten player until she defeated Safina in the second round. (The 39-year old had retired from the sport between 1997 and 2007.)

117 – FIFA world ranking of the Cape Verde Islands, with whom Portugal (ranked third) drew 0-0 in a pre-World Cup friendly.

7 – Number of pole positions recorded by Red Bull drivers in the seven races so far in the 2010 F1 season.

94 – Balls required by Tamim Iqbal to hit the fastest ever Test century by a Bangladeshi batsman, as Bangladesh followed on on day four of the first Test against England at Lord’s.

2,618 – Height in metres at the summit of the Passo di Gavia, the highest point reached in this year’s Giro d’Italia. It is almost twice the height of Ben Nevis, the UK’s highest mountain at 1,344 metres.

2England‘s football team benefitted from two own goals in their 2-1 friendly win over Japan, the first time this has ever happened to them.

1-2-3Dario Franchitti won his second Indianapolis 500, holding off Dan Wheldon and Alex Lloyd and ensuring a British 1-2-3 finish at the biggest event on the American motor racing calendar. (Incidentally, if you have the chance, look up the replay of Mike Conway‘s crash on the final lap and I defy anyone to tell me with a straight face that motor sport – despite its many safety advances in recent years and races which can often be soporific – isn’t seriously dangerous.)

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