The week in numbers: w/e 5/12/10

2 – The number of votes (out of 22) received by England‘s 2018 World Cup bid – one of which came from England’s Geoff Thompson.

5Barcelona‘s 5-0 win over Real Madrid was the first time they have ever won five consecutive ‘El Clásicos’.

5 – Conversely, it was the first time Real Madrid had suffered five consecutive La Liga defeats against a single opponent.

1Serbia defeated France 3-2 to win their first ever Davis Cup.

1 – Scotland’s Ricky Burns completed a first successful defence of his WBO super-featherweight title with a unanimous points decision over Andreas Evensen in Glasgow.

1 – Three-time Olympic sailing champion Ben Ainslie clinched his first ISAF Match Racing World Championship with victory at the Monsoon Cup in Malaysia. Ainslie’s crew included fellow Briton and double Olympic champion Iain Percy.

The Ashes in numbers

2 – Number of runs scored by Australia at the fall of their third first innings wicket in Adelaide, as the Aussies struggled to 245 all out.

5 – Five of Australia’s first wicket partnerships were worth two or fewer runs. Only three passed 20.

Another Ashes century for Alastair Cook

15 – 25-year old Alastair Cook‘s first innings 148 was his 15th Test century. Only Sachin Tendulkar (19) has ever scored more before the age of 26. (Don Bradman also had 15 hundreds at the same age.)

25 – Cook is the first English batsman to score successive Ashes centuries since David Gower 25 years ago.

450 – Cook has scored 450 runs already in this series. Andrew Strauss (474) was the only batsman on either side to score more in the entire five-match series in 2009.

17Kevin Pietersen‘s first innings of 227 was his highest Test score, and ended a barren run of 17 Tests without a hundred. It was also the highest ever score by an Englishman at Adelaide, surpassing Paul Collingwood‘s 206 four years ago.

4 – After losing captain Andrew Strauss with the score on three, England posted four consecutive century partnerships in their first innings.

29Kevin Pietersen claimed his fifth Test wicket – and his first for 29 months (Dale Steyn, 10th July 2008) – by dismissing Michael Clarke with the final ball of day four.

The Premier League week in numbers

Arshavin has provided an assist in each of his past four Premier League game (image courtesy of

4 – By providing the final pass for Samir Nasri‘s first goal in Arsenal‘s 2-1 win over Fulham, Andrey Arshavin has now provided an assist in each of his last four Premier League appearances.

33 – Fulham have failed to win any of their last 33 Premier League away games against other London clubs.

3 – Home defeats for league leaders Arsenal. No Premier League side has lost more home games so far this season.

62 – Carlos Tevez‘s goal in the 1-0 win over Bolton broke a drought of 62 days without a home league goal for Manchester City.

15Craig Gardner‘s late equaliser for Birmingham means Tottenham have now gone 15 Premier League games without a clean sheet, since they drew 0-0 with Manchester City on the opening day of the season.

Jermaine Beckford - late equaliser against Chelsea

5 – Chelsea have now scored just five points from their last six games (having started with 25 in their first ten) after Jermaine Beckford scored four minutes from time to earn Everton a 1-1 draw at Stamford Bridge. It is their worst six-game run in ten years.

3 – Three of the four goals in Wigan‘s 2-2 draw with Stoke came courtesy of major deflections off defenders.

500Sol Campbell became only the fourth player to make 500 Premier League appearances in Newcastle‘s 3-1 defeat at West Bromwich Albion yesterday.

26 – West Brom’s win was the first time they have beaten Newcastle in the league since Boxing Day 1984, a gap of nearly 26 years.

The NFL week in numbers

Michael Vick (image courtesy of Wikipedia)

3Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Michael Vick recorded his third 300-yard passing day of 2010 in a 34-24 comeback win over the Houston Texans. In his previous seven seasons, he had only previously thrown for 300-plus yards twice.

6 – The Eagles have scored a touchdown on their opening possession of the game six times this season, and are 6-0 in those games.

18 – The San Diego Chargers lost 28-13 to the Oakland Raiders, their first December defeat since 31st December 2005, ending an NFL record streak of 18 consecutive wins in December.

3 – The Indianapolis Colts have lost three straight games in a single season for the first time since 2002. Dallas beat them 38-35 in overtime after Peyton Manning threw his fourth interception of the game.

7 – The Atlanta Falcons squeaked past Tampa Bay 28-24. They are 7-1 this season in games decided by seven points or fewer.

4 – In Minnesota‘s 38-14 win over BuffaloAdrian Peterson moved on to 1,123 yards and 11 touchdowns for the season. He becomes only the fourth player in NFL history to rush for at least 1,000 yards and 10 touchdowns in each of his first four seasons.

4 – Cleveland rookie cornerback Joe Haden had his fourth straight game with an interception, as the Browns beat Miami 13-10.

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


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

The week in numbers: w/e 1/8/10

19 – Total number of medals won by the Great Britain team (six gold, seven silver, six bronze) at the European Athletics Championships in Barcelona, one better than the previous championship best of 18 at Split in 1990.

Mo Farah

1Mo Farah‘s victory in the 10,000 metres was Britain’s first-ever gold medal in the event. It was also Farah’s first major championship title.

17.81 – Distance (in metres) jumped by Phillips Idowu to win the gold medal in the triple jump. It was a lifetime best by the British athlete.

6,823 – Total points accumulated by Jessica Ennis in winning the heptathlon, setting a new European Championships record. Ennis beat Olympic champion Nataliya Dobrynska of Ukraine into second place by just 45 points.

726 – As of Sunday, days remaining until the start of the 2012 London Olympics – July 27th was the ‘two years to go’ milestone.

James Anderson

11/71James Anderson‘s combined return in the first Test match as England defeated Pakistan by 354 runs at Trent Bridge. He took 5/54 in the first innings and followed it up with 6/17 in the second, as the visitors were dismissed for just 80.

20 – After Sunday’s Hungarian GP, the points separating Mark Webber (161 points), the Formula 1 championship leader, from Fernando Alonso in fifth (141) – less than the 25 on offer for a race win.

45 – Points difference after the first period in the AFL local derby between the Fremantle Dockers and the West Coast Eagles – 7.6 (48) vs 0.3 (3). The match finished 160-85 in favour of Fremantle.

0 – Total transfer fees paid for central defender Sol Campbell during his professional career – all his moves have come on a free transfer. He signed for Newcastle on Wednesday, having previously played for Tottenham, Arsenal, Portsmouth and Notts County before a second stint at Arsenal last season.

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