The week in numbers: w/e 13/11/11

Joe Frazier, 1944-2011

67 – Age of Joe Frazier, the former undisputed world heavyweight boxing champion, who died after a short battle with liver cancer. He fought Muhammad Ali three times in world title bouts, including the ‘Fight of the Century’ (1971) and the ‘Thrilla in Manila’ (1975), winning once and losing twice.

1 – The IAAF World Atheltics Championships will be held in the UK for the first time after London was awarded the 2017 event over Doha, Qatar on Friday.

46 – Penn State football coach Joe Paterno was sacked for his role in not reporting allegations of child abuse to the police, in which a former assistant has been charged with sexually assaulting eight boys. Paterno won 409 games – a major college football record – and two national championships in nearly 46 years as the coach of the Nittany Lions.

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The week in numbers: w/e 21/8/11

Bell scored a Test best 235

350 – Third wicket partnership between Kevin Pietersen and Ian Bell in the 4th Test, an England record stand for any wicket against India, and their seventh largest against any Test opponent. Bell went on to record his highest Test score of 235, Pietersen 175.

31 – Century partnerships in Tests by England batsmen in the past 12 months. India (16) are the only other nation in double figures.

300India‘s first innings total of 300 marked the first time in seven attempts in this series that they have reached this milestone. England have been bowled out for less than 300 just once.

3 – Opener Rahul Dravid scored 146 not out in India’s first innings, making him only the third Indian batsman to carry his bat in a Test innings (Sunil Gavaskar, Sachin Tendulkar).

Djokovic lost for only the second time in 2011

2 – World number one Novak Djokovic retired with a shoulder injury when a set and 3-0 down to Andy Murray in the final of the Cincinnati Masters. It was only his second defeat in 59 matches in 2011. (His only other loss this year was to Roger Federer in the semi-final of the French Open.)

7Sébastien Ogier won the Rally Germany to end Citroën teammate Sébastien Loeb‘s 7-year unbeaten run on all-tarmac rallies. Loeb, who finished second, had also won the last eight editions of the German event.

1 – Britain’s Jonathan Brownlee defended his Sprint World Championships title in Lausanne, beating older brother Alistair in a major event for the first time. However Alistair remains ahead of his younger brother at the top of the rankings which determine the overall world title.

10 – 2009 women’s British Open winner Catriona Matthew won the Scottish Open by ten strokes at the Archerfield Links in East Lothian. She lives five minutes away from the course.

10 – Warwickshire’s Chris Woakes took 10/123 – including 7/20 in the first innings – in the drawn County Championship game with Hampshire at Edgbaston.

The Premier league in numbers

10Arsenal‘s 2-0 defeat by Liverpool was the first time in 10 years they have lost their first home game (Leeds, August 2001). That season they went on to win the League and FA Cup double.

42 – It is the first time in 42 years that Arsenal have failed to score in their first two league games.

Long scored WBA's first ever goal at Stamford Bridge in the Premier League

6 – West Bromwich Albion‘s 2-1 defeat at Chelsea means they have now lost on all six of their Premier League visits to Stamford Bridge. Shane Long‘s strike at least marked their first goal in this fixture.

23Sunderland‘s 1-0 loss to Newcastle means they have now failed to keep a clean sheet in any of their last 23 meetings with their neighbours.

4Everton‘s 1-0 defeat at home to QPR marked the fourth straight season in which they have lost their opening league match.

5Manchester City‘s 3-2 win at Bolton was their fifth successive Premier League win (dating back to last season). It is only the second time they have achieved this feat.

5 – Bolton’s Kevin Davies was one of five English league players sharing the same surname to score last weekend – the others were Steve and Ben Davies of Derby, Arron Davies of Northampton and Scott Davies of Crawley.

94Kenwyne Jones‘s equaliser in Stoke‘s 1-1 draw at Norwich came in the 94th minute.

6Aston Villa‘s 3-1 win over Blackburn marked the sixth time in the space of just 20 months (in all competitions) they have scored three or more times in a game against these opponents.

(Some statistics courtesy of Opta Sports, The Times, StatManJon and Infostrada.)

The week in numbers: w/e 3/10/10

Fabian Cancellara

4 – Swiss rider Fabian Cancellara won a record fourth rainbow jersey in the men’s time trial at the Road World Championships in Geelong and Melbourne. Britain’s David Millar was second.

1Emma Pooley became the first Briton to win the women’s time trial at the World Championships.

3 – Number of male Spanish cyclists who were reported last week as having failed doping controls, including three-time Tour de France winner Alberto Contador and Vuelta a España runner-up Ezequiel Mosquera. In addition, Italy’s Riccardo Riccò had 50 unidentified pills seized from his house last week, barely six months after returning from a two-year ban.

1 – The Ryder Cup resumes this morning after a rain-hit weekend, the first time in its history it will finish on a Monday. Europe lead the USA 9½-6½ and require a minimum of five points from today’s 12 singles matches.

Lee Westwood (image courtesy of

1999 – After defeating Tiger Woods and Steve Stricker 6&5, Lee Westwood is now unbeaten in Ryder Cup foursomes since 1999.

3 – Number of penalties awarded to Tottenham during their 4-1 Champions League win over FC Twente. They scored from two and missed one.

27 Steaua Bucharest threw away a three-goal lead against Napoli to set a new record of 27 consecutive matches in Europe without a win.

3 Hapoel Tel Aviv‘s Vincent Enyeama became only the third goalkeeper to score in a Champions League game (after Hans Jorg Butt and Sinan Bolat), netting a penalty in Hapoel’s 3-1 defeat to Lyon.

Dario Franchitti (image courtesy of

3 – Scotsman Dario Franchitti secured his third IndyCar title on Saturday after overhauling an 11-point deficit to Will Power – you just couldn’t make that name up, could you? – in the final race of the season at Homestead, Florida.

7Sébastien Loeb claimed a record seventh consecutive World Rally Championship by winning the Rally of France, securing the title with two races to spare.

71 – Number of countries competing at the Commonwealth Games in Delhi, which got under way yesterday.

The Premier League week in numbers:

18 – A 2-0 defeat to Everton snapped Birmingham‘s 18-game undefeated streak at St Andrew’s in the league.

14Fulham‘s 1-1 draw at West Ham was manager Mark Hughes‘ 14th draw in his last 18 league matches.

5Wolves, who lost 2-0 at Wigan, have now conceded five goals in the last five minutes of their last four league games.

Karl Henry

11 – Wolves’ Karl Henry‘s 11th-minute red card was the earliest dismissal in the Premier League so far this season.

4 – Successive league away draws for Manchester United, after their goalless game at Sunderland.

8Carlos Tevez opened the scoring with a penalty in Manchester City‘s 2-1 win over Newcastle. He has scored all eight of his spot-kicks in the Premier League.

2 – After coming on as a 36th-minute substitute, Newcastle defender Sol Campbell became only the second player to play in every Premier League season, along with Ryan Giggs.

Didier Drogba

13Didier Drogba scored his 13th goal in his last 11 games against Arsenal, as Chelsea won 2-0.

36 – Consecutive goals scored by Chelsea in league games at Stamford Bridge since they last conceded a goal.

9Blackpool‘s league position after their 2-1 at Anfield, which is particularly impressive given that five of their first seven games have been away from home, including trips to Arsenal, Chelsea and Liverpool.

57 – It is 57 years since Liverpool started a top-flight season as poorly as 2010/11 – at the end of the 1953/54 season they were relegated.

The NFL week in numbers:

5 Baltimore defeated Pittbsurgh 17-14. It was the fifth straight regular season meeting between the teams which has been decided by four points or less.

23Detroit suffered their 23rd consecutive road loss, tied for the second-longest streak in NFL history (Green Bay 28 Detroit 26).

222Cincinnati‘s Terrell Owens had 10 receptions for 222 yds and a touchdown, becoming the oldest player in NFL history to record a 200-yard receiving game at 36 years, 300 days old. Owens also passed Isaac Bruce to become the all-time number two receiver in yardage terms, behind Jerry Rice. (Cleveland 23 Cincinnati 20).

1,419 Denver quarterback Kyle Orton passed for 341 yards, giving him 1,419 passing yards so far this season. This is the second-highest total after four games in NFL history, trailing only Kurt Warner, who had 1,557 yards after four games of the 2000 season (Denver 26 Tennessee 20).

59Jacksonville‘s Josh Scobee kicked a game-winning 59-yard field goal as time expired, the longest FG in franchise history (Jacksonville 31 Indianapolis 28).

9The New York Giants sacked Chicago quarterback Jay Cutler nine times in the first half alone, propelling them to a 17-3 win in the Sunday night game.

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

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