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Forté steamrollers Tampa as Bears ground Bucs’ aerial attack

Tampa Bay Buccaneers 18 Chicago Bears 24

Despite a spirited fourth quarter fight-back by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Wembley Stadium, the Chicago Bears‘ defense came through in the clutch as D J Moore snuffed out a last-ditch Bucs drive with a fourth interception of Josh Freeman with 37 seconds remaining. In an error-strewn game, the two teams combined for six turnovers, 15 penalties and a safety. Running back Matt Forté was the difference-maker for Chicago, rushing for 145 yards as the Bears joined Tampa on a record of 4-3 as both teams move into their bye week.

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The week in numbers: w/e 21/11/10

Ian Poulter (image courtesy of Sean Ryan)

60Ian Poulter shot a career-best 60 in the second round at the Hong Kong Open. He finished one stroke ahead of fellow Englishman Simon Dyson to win the tournament for the second year running.

90,000 – Price paid (in pounds) by Gareth Jones to play a round of golf with Lee Westwood. The money raised goes towards the BBC charity fund-raiser Children In Need.

6 – The Welsh rugby union team’s 16-16 draw with Fiji was the sixth game in a row without a win for a side which just two years ago completed the Six Nations grand slam.

21Dan Parks scored all of Scotland‘s points in their 21-16 win over South Africa at Murrayfield. The fly-half kicked six penalties and a drop goal.

Lionel Messi (image courtesy of Wikipedia)

8 – Barcelona won 8-0 at Almeria, equalling the biggest ever away victory in La Liga history (set by Barcelona themselves in an 8-0 triumph at Las Palmas in 1959).

18 Lionel Messi scored a hat-trick in the match against Almeria, taking his total league tally this season to 18 goals in just 12 appearances.

192 – Runs scored by Ian Bell in England’s first innings as the tourists defeated Australia A by ten wickets in their final Ashes warm-up match.

278AB de Villiers hit a South Africa record score of 278 to put his side on top against Pakistan in the second Test in Abu Dhabi.

400 – In reaching the ladies’ final of the Wheelchair Masters in Amsterdam, Dutch tennis star Esther Vergeer won her 400th consecutive match. Her career record is an astonishing 609-25.

0 – Number of Scottish league fixtures which will take place next weekend after top-level referees voted to strike in the face of an avalanche of criticism and questions about their integrity this season.

The Premier League week in numbers

0 – Since taking over at Portsmouth on November 26th 2009 (and subsequently at West Ham), Avram Grant has not spent a single day outside of the Premier League relegation zone.

43,000,000Blackburn Rovers were bought by the Rao family in a £43m deal to become the first Indian-owned Premier League club.

Patrice Evra

1,452Patrice Evra scored the opening goal in Manchester United‘s 2-0 win over Wigan, 1,452 days after his previous Premier League goal (vs Everton on 29th November 2006).

2Arsenal were 2-0 up at home to Tottenham, but lost 3-2. The last time this happened to them was on the opening weekend of the Premier League in 1992, against Norwich City (2-4).

68 – Tottenham’s win ended a run of 68 Premier League games away from home without a victory at one of the traditional ‘Big Four’ (Arsenal, Liverpool, Chelsea, Manchester United).

3 – Chelsea’s 1-0 defeat at Birmingham was their first Premier League defeat against the Blues, in their 13th meeting.

32 – Chelsea had more shots yesterday than any side has managed in a Premier League game this season. Birmingham had just 3 shots.

7 – Chelsea have scored just seven goals in their last nine league matches, the joint-fewest in the division.

47 – Number of years since West Ham United last won at Anfield in the league. Liverpool beat them 3-0 on Saturday.

25 – In winning 4-1 at Fulham, Manchester City have now accumulated 25 points from 14 games this season under Roberto Mancini – the same number of points they had at this stage last season when current Fulham boss Mark Hughes was in charge.

The NFL week in numbers

0 – In losing 21-0 to Tampa Bay, the San Francisco 49ers were shut out at home for the first time since a 7-0 defeat to Atlanta in 1977.

40 – Tampa Bay’s Ronde Barber recorded his 40th career interception, becoming the only player in NFL history with 25 sacks and 40 interceptions.

Ray Lewis (image courtesy of baltimoreravens.com)

30 – In the Baltimore Ravens‘ 37-13 win over the Carolina Panthers, Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis recorded his 30th career interception, making him only the second player in NFL history with 30 sacks and 30 interceptions.

26 – The Detroit Lions extended their own NFL record with their 26th consecutive road loss, as they fell 35-19 to the Dallas Cowboys.

7 – Atlanta’s 34-17 victory over the St Louis Rams improved their record in domed stadia to 7-0 this season. They are 1-2 playing outdoors.

25New England‘s Tom Brady won his 25th consecutive home start to tie Brett Favre for the longest recorded consecutive home win streak, as the Patriots held off a late rally by the Indianapolis Colts to win 31-28.

(Some statistics courtesy of Opta Sports, The Times@StatManJon and NFL.com.)

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.

Nani

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 NFL.com.)

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