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The week in numbers: w/e 11/3/12

Wiggins' win on the final stage clinched overall victory (image courtesy of Wikipedia)

2 – Bradley Wiggins became only the second British cyclist (after Tom Simpson in 1967) to claim victory in the Paris-Nice stage race, as he won the final stage individual time trial to beat Lieuwe Westra by eight seconds overall. It was also Wiggins’ second major stage race win after the Criterium du Dauphine last year.

4 – Scotland were condemned to their fourth loss in as many matches in this year’s Six Nations as they lost 32-14 to Ireland. Similarly, Italy joined them with an identical record as they lost 24-3 in Wales, who can clinch a Grand Slam if they can beat France in Cardiff on Saturday.

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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 5/2/12

Angelo Dundee, 1921-2012. RIP (image courtesy of Wikipedia)

90 – Age of legendary boxing trainer Angelo Dundee, who reportedly had a heart attack after being taken to hospital with a blood clot. Dundee worked alongside former heavyweight champion Muhammad Ali for 20 years.

2 – The New York Giants defeated the New England Patriots 21-17 in Super Bowl XLVI in the early hours of this morning. It was the second time in the past five seasons the Giants have beaten the Patriots in the NFL title game. On both occasions they have scored the winning touchdown inside the final minute. (You can find more statistically-related observations over on my Super Bowl in numbers post.)

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The week in numbers: w/e 6/3/11

8 – Number of medals won by the Great Britain athletics team at the European Indoor Athletics Championships – their best tally on foreign soil in 22 years.

0 – Amount of Lottery funding for 37-year old athlete Helen Clitheroe, who claimed gold in the 3,000 metres. Previously, her biggest achievement had been a Commonwealth bronze in the 1,500 metres.

Contador - back and winning already

1Alberto Contador won the overall classification at the Vuelta de Murcia, in his second event since being cleared of doping charges.

3 – American skier Lindsey Vonn clinched this season’s World Cup downhill, super-G and super combined titles within the space of three days.

214 – World ranking of James Ward, Great Britain‘s highest-ranked representative in their Davis Cup match against Tunisia. Ward’s epic 3-6 6-3 3-6 6-3 8-6 win over Malek Jaziri clinched victory as Britain eventually ran out 4-1 winners.

4 – There were just four goals scored in Saturday’s seven French Ligue 1 matches.

The cricket World Cup in numbers

215 – The West Indies‘ margin of victory over the Netherlands, their largest in all one-day internationals.

6Kemar Roach‘s hat-trick against the Netherlands was the sixth at a World Cup, and the first by a West Indian. He finished with figures of 6/27.

2 – In Sri Lanka‘s comfortable win over Kenya, Lasith Malinga became the first bowler to pick up two hat-tricks in World Cup matches. His previous one came against South Africa in 2007.

O'Brien hit the fastest ever World Cup ton

50 – Balls required by Kevin O’Brien to bring up his century in Ireland‘s thrilling win over England, beating the previous World Cup record of 66 by Australia‘s Matthew Hayden. He finished with 113 off 63 balls.

327 – England’s total batting first against Ireland. It was the highest successful run chase ever in a World Cup match.

2New Zealand completed only their second ten-wicket World Cup win after skittling out Zimbabwe for 162. Their first came against Kenya in their opening game of this tournament.

58Bangladesh‘s total against the West Indies, the lowest ever by a Full Member nation at the World Cup, and the fourth-lowest by any team at the tournament.

171 – England became  the only team to have successfully defended a total of less than 175 twice at a World Cup. They scored just 171, but a South Africa batting collapse saw them dismissed for 165.

The Premier League week in numbers

Vela scored crucial goals from the bench twice

2 – On-loan Carlos Vela‘s late goal earned West Bromwich Albion a point at Stoke. It was the second time in as many games the Mexican striker had come off the bench to score an equaliser in the 87th minute or later.

27 – West Brom have now gone 27 matches without keeping a clean sheet in the Premier League. Leaky.

4Sunderland‘s 0-0 draw at Arsenal snapped a run of four consecutive defeats.

6 – Stoke’s 3-0 defeat at West Ham was their sixth consecutive away defeat.

3Ivan Klasnic has scored the winning goal in his last three appearances for Bolton. They beat Aston Villa 3-2.

Zamora scored the winner on his return after a six-month absence

89Fulham‘s Bobby Zamora scored a controversial 89th-minute penalty to seal a 3-2 win over Blackburn on his first appearance after recovering from a broken leg in September.

607 – In starting yesterday’s 3-1 defeat to Liverpool, Ryan Giggs made his 607th league appearance, breaking Bobby Charlton‘s Manchester United club record.

3Dirk Kuyt became only the third player to score a Premier League hat-trick against Manchester United, after Egil Ostenstad and David Bentley.

10Javier Hernandez, who scored United’s late consolation goal, has now scored 10 Premier League goals from only 14 shots on target.

323Jermain Defoe scored twice in Tottenham‘s 3-3 draw at Wolves. It had been 323 days since his previous league goal.

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

The week in numbers: w/e 13/2/11

Clijsters has regained the number one ranking

1 – Despite losing the Paris Open final to Petra KvitovaKim Clijsters has regained the number one ranking in women’s tennis for the first time since March 2006, before her initial retirement from the sport.

4 – Chris Ashton becomes the first England player to score four tries in a Five/Six Nations match since 1914, as Italy were routed 59-13 at Twickenham.

16 – A 1-1 draw at Sporting Gijon ended Barcelona‘s run of 16 consecutive La Liga wins.

91 – Goalkeeper Iker Casillas was sent off after just 91 seconds at Espanyol last night, but Real Madrid still won 1-0. It was the earliest red card ever received by a Madrid player in La Liga history.

1 – Australia’s Mark Renshaw, more commonly employed as Mark Cavendish‘s lead-out man, won the first stage race of his career at the Tour of Qatar, beating Heinrich Haussler by eight seconds.

2Elisabeth Görgl added the downhill title to her super-G win at the World Alpine Championships. The 29-year old Austrian had never previously won a top-level downhill.

2 – Two horses died in the paddock at Newbury on Saturday. It is thought they may have been electrocuted by underground cabling. The meeting was abandoned.

The Premier League week in numbers

Rooney remains an Old Trafford lucky charm

41Wayne Rooney scored the winner as Manchester United beat Manchester City 2-1 at Old Trafford. United have won all 41 home league games in which Rooney has scored.

10Robin van Persie scored both goals in Arsenal‘s 2-0 win over Wolves, giving him ten goals already in 2011. He is the first Premier League player to reach that milestone in the first two months of a calendar year.

24West Bromwich Albion‘s run of games without a clean sheet extended to 24 as they threw away a 3-0 lead at home to West Ham, drawing 3-3.

5Blackpool‘s 1-1 draw with Aston Villa ended a run of five consecutive league defeats.

61Everton lost 2-0 at Bolton. They have now failed their last 61 away matches in which they have trailed at halftime, dating back to September 2000.

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

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