The week in numbers: w/e 1/4/12

All football fans will wish Petrov well

32 – Age of Aston Villa captain Stiliyan Petrov, who was diagnosed with acute leukemia last week.

56 – Jail sentence (in days) handed down to 21-year old student Liam Stacey, who made malicious and racist posts on Twitter in the wake of Fabrice Muamba‘s on-pitch heart attack two weeks ago.

1Sri Lanka beat England by 75 runs in the first Test at Galle to record their first win on home soil since Muttiah Muralitharan’s retirement in July 2010.

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My sporting month: March 2012

The football season will be gearing up for its home stretch in March, as the Premier League season enters its final third and we have the quarter-finals of both the FA Cup and the Champions League to look forward to. Similarly the Six Nations reaches its climax this month with a potential Grand Slam showdown to look forward to. And the England cricket team embark on the final leg of their winter tours.

But for many other sports their year is only just beginning, or at least getting into their stride. As winter turns to spring, here are five of the key sporting events I’ll be watching this month.

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The week in numbers: w/e 15/1/12

Yet another hat-trick for Messi (image courtesy of Wikipedia)

3Lionel Messi was awarded his third Ballon d’Or, becoming the fourth player (after Johan Cruyff, Michel Platini and Marco Van Basten) to win three times. He is only the second man after Platini to do so in three consecutive years.

23Sachin Tendulkar was dismissed for 15 and 8 as Australia defeated India by an innings and 37 runs in the third Test in Perth to take a 3-0 lead in the four-match series. Tendulkar remains stuck on 99 international centuries and has now gone 23 innings without registering a ton.

69 – Australia’s David Warner needed just 69 balls to score his century in Perth, the fourth-fastest ton in Test history. Four of the seven fastest centuries have been scored at the WACA. He finished with a total of 180 off 159 deliveries.

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The week in numbers: w/e 1/1/12

A shock early exit for 15-time champion Taylor (image courtesy of Wikipedia)

2 – 15-time world champion Phil Taylor was defeated by Dave Chisnall in the second round of the PDC Darts World Championship, only the second time in his career he has failed to reach at least the quarter-finals at the tournament. (He also lost in the second round in 1993.)

10 – Defending PDC champion Adrian Lewis won ten straight legs as he overturned a five sets to one deficit to beat James Wade 6-5 in their semi-final.

5 – Kauto Star won the King George VI Chase at Kempton by 1½ legs. It was his fifth win, eclipsing the record of Desert Orchid.

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The week in numbers: w/e 18/12/11

Wilkinson retired as the second-highest scorer in rugby internationals (image courtesy of rugbyworldcup.com)

1,246 – Points scored by England’s Jonny Wilkinson, who announced his retirement from international rugby last week. Only New Zealand’s Dan Carter (1250) has more international points. Wilkinson’s 36 drop goals is more than any other international player.

15 – South Africa crushed Sri Lanka by an innings and 81 runs in the first Test of a three-match series at Centurion. Sri Lanka have now failed to win any of their 15 matches since Muttiah Muralitharan retired from Test cricket in July 2010.

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