The week in numbers: w/e 4/3/12

McIlroy displaced Luke Donald as world number one (image courtesy of Wikipedia)

22 – Age of Rory McIlroy, who yesterday became world number one at 22 years and 10 months after winning the Honda Classic at Palm Beach. Only Tiger Woods, who was joint-second, two shots behind, has climbed to the top of golf’s rankings at a younger age.

72Roger Federer defeated Andy Murray 7-5 6-4 in the final of the Dubai Championship to win his 72nd career title. Murray had beaten world number one Novak Djokovic to reach the final.

50Wladimir Klitschko recorded his 50th professional knockout as he successfully defended his WBA, IBF and WBO world heavyweight title belts with a fourth-round win over Frenchman Jean-Marc Mormeck.

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74 – Seconds between Scott Sinclair‘s two goals, as Swansea beat Reading 4-2 in the Championship playoff final at Wembley.

82Sri Lanka were bowled out in barely two hours for 82, their second-lowest total against England, as they capitulated on the final afternoon of the first Test in Cardiff by an innings and 14 runs.

Scholes announced his retirement from football

150Paul Scholes retired from professional football, having scored 150 goals for Manchester United and won 19 trophies as a player. He also scored 14 international goals in 66 appearances for England.

274Murray Goodwin scored 274 not out as Sussex drew with Yorkshire in the County Championship.

331 – Fourth wicket stand by Durham‘s Ben Stokes (185) and Dale Benkenstein (137) versus Lancashire, three short of the county’s record partnership for any wicket. Durham won by an innings and 125 runs.

2 – Two sidecar racers died during a practice session for the Isle of Man TT races. Bill Currie (67) and his passenger Kevin Morgan (59) were killed in an accident on Tuesday night.

Gay recorded the fastest 100m time so far in 2011 (image courtesy of Wikipedia)

9.79Tyson Gay recorded a time of 9.79s for the 100 metres in Florida on Saturday, the fastest time in the world this year.

5 – The top five men’s seeds at the French Open all reached the quarter-finals, the first time this has happened at a Grand Slam event since Wimbledon 1989.

1 – China’s Li Na became the first Asian winner of a Grand Slam singles tournament (male or female), defeating defending champion Francesca Schiavone 6-4 7-6 in Saturday’s final.

65 – In England’s 2-2 draw with Switzerland, Rio Ferdinand picked up his first booking in any competition since March 2009 (vs Liverpool), ending a clean run of 65 games.

7Frank Lampard registered his seventh successful penalty for England, making him his nation’s most prolific spot kick scorer ever.

4 – England have now failed to win any of their last four games at Wembley, their longest such run since they failed to win five in a row between March and May 1981.

43Roger Federer ended Novak Djokovic‘s 43-match unbeaten run (41 from the start of the 2011 season), defeating him 7-6 6-3 3-6 7-6 in their French Open semi-final.

Nadal tied Björn Borg's record of sixFrench Open titles (image courtesy of WIkipedia)

6Rafael Nadal won a record-equalling sixth French Open men’s singles title, defeating Federer 7-5 7-6 5-7 6-1. Nadal has now beaten Federer on each of the five occasions they have met at Roland Garros, four of which have been in the final.

101 – Including yesterday’s men’s singles final, Nadal has lost none of the 101 Grand Slam singles matches in which he has led by two sets. This was only the seventh time in those 101 matches he has not closed out the match in straight sets.

207Tharanga Paranavitana and Tillakaratne Dilshan put on 207 for the opening wicket in Sri Lanka’s first innings in the second Test at Lord’s – the fifth-highest opening stand ever against England.

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

The week in numbers: w/e 3/4/11

24Novak Djokovic defeated world number one Rafael Nadal 4-6 6-3 7-6 to claim the Sony Ericsson Open in Miami, his fourth title of the year. His 2011 record is now 24-0, the best start to a year in men’s tennis since Ivan Lendl had 25 consecutive victories in 1986.

9 – Total points scored by Matthew Stevens in his 5-0 defeat by Stephen Hendry at the China Open. It was the lowest aggregate score ever in a televised best-of-nine match. Hendry scored 444 points.

Williams scored four centuries in his 5-4 defeat by Stephen Lee

4 – Centuries scored by Mark Williams (100, 113, 104 and 137) in his China Open match against Stephen Lee. He nonetheless lost 5-4.

17 – Despite Asamoah Gyan‘s 91st-minute equaliser for Ghana at Wembley, England remain unbeaten in all 17 games they have played against African opposition, winning 11 and drawing six.

9 – Goals scored by Holland against Hungary in the space of five days. They followed up a 4-0 win in Budapest with a 5-3 victory in Amsterdam.

1Germany were beaten 2-1 by Australia in a friendly in Mönchengladbach. It was the first time they have ever lost a match to a nation outside of Europe and South America.

150José Mourinho‘s record of 150 consecutive home games without defeat as a manager ended when Real Madrid were defeated 1-0 by Sporting Gijón. Before that, his previous home loss came in March 2002 (Porto 2 Beira 3).

3 – Defending Masters champion Phil Mickelson will go to Augusta in good form after winning the Houston Open by three shots.

The cricket World Cup in numbers

6New Zealand lost their semi-final to Sri Lanka by five wickets. It was the sixth time in ten World Cups they have reached the semi-finals, but have yet to win one.

4Sachin Tendulkar was dropped four times (on 27, 45, 70 and 81) before being finally dismissed for 85 as India beat Pakistan by 29 runs in their semi-final.

275 – Target set by Sri Lanka (who scored 274/6) in the final, which India successfully overhauled to make it the most successful run chase ever in a World Cup final.

Jayawardene scored an unbeaten century in the final

103 – In defeat, Sri Lanka’s Mahela Jayawardene scored an unbeaten 103 off just 88 balls.

500 – Sri Lanka’s Tillakaratne Dilshan finished as the tournament’s highest run-scorer, with 500 at an average of 62.50.

21 – Pakistan’s Shahid Afridi and India’s Zaheer Khan finished as the tournament’s leading bowlers with 21 each after Khan claimed the wickets of Upul Tharanga and Chamara Kapugedera in the final.

14 – New Zealand’s Ross Taylor hit 14 sixes, three more than any other player at the World Cup.

The Premier League in numbers

2 – Manchester United conceded two penalties in a Premier League match for the first time in their 4-2 win at West Ham. (Mark Noble converted both of them.)

Hernández has now scored five times as a sub

5 – United’s Javier Hernández scored his fifth league goal of the season as a substitute, more than any other player. (It was his 11th Premier League goal overall.)

4 Kevin Phillips hit Birmingham‘s joint-fastest goal of the season in the fourth minute, as they beat Bolton 2-1.  also scored in the fourth minute of the reverse fixture at Bolton back in August.

1 Everton were finally awarded their first penalty of the season (scored by Leighton Baines) in their 2-2 draw with Aston Villa. They were the last Premier League team to be given a penalty this season.

11 – Everton have now failed to win in their last 11 matches played on April 2nd. They last won on this date in 1938.

12 West Bromwich Albion‘s 2-1 win over Liverpool broke a run of 12 successive league defeats against the Anfield club.

8 Steven N’Zonzi was sent off during Blackburn‘s 0-0 draw at Arsenal. The Gunners have seen more opponents sent off (eight) in Premier League matches than any other club – and all have been straight reds.

5Manchester City had five different goalscorers (Adam Johnson, Carlos Tevez, David Silva, Patrick Vieira and Yaya Touré) as they thrashed Sunderland 5-0.

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

The week in numbers: w/e 27/3/11

Bonds faces the possibility of being expunged from the MLB record books (image courtesy of Wikipedia)

762 – Career home runs struck by Barry Bonds, a Major League Baseball record. Bonds is now facing trial for perjury, having previously told a grand jury that he had never knowingly taken performance enhancing drugs. He is alleged to have doped as part of the Balco conspiracy.

4Oxford won the 157th University Boat Race by a surprisingly easy four lengths over favourites Cambridge on Saturday.

19 – Age of Oxford’s Constantine Louloudis, the youngest rower on either crew. The Londoner is considered to have a chance of representing Great Britain at next year’s Olympics.

1 – Rowers named Redgrave racing on Boat Race weekend. Natalie, 19-year old daughter of Sir Steve Redgrave, was part of the winning Oxford crew in the women’s race in Henley on Sunday.

3Sebastian Vettel secured a dominant victory in the season-opening Australian Grand Prix at Melbourne. It was his third consecutive win dating back to last season, and his 11th overall in F1.

New Wales captain Ramsey got off to a losing start

20 – At the age of 20, Aaron Ramsey became Wales‘s youngest captain ever, but England nevertheless won 2-0 at the Millennium Stadium thanks to early goals by Frank Lampard and Darren Bent.

49 Spain came from 1-0 down to beat the Czech Republic 2-1 courtesy of two second half goals by David Villa. They have now have lost just one of their 49 competitive home matches since 1991 (1-0 vs Greece, June 2003).

118 – World ranking of Alex Bogomolov Jr, who defeated Andy Murray in straight sets at the Sony Ericsson Open. It is the second consecutive tournament in which Murray has lost to a qualifier, having been eliminated from BNP Paribas Open at Indian Wells by Donald Young.

1 – Number of gold medals won by the Great Britain team at cycling’s World Track Championships at Apeldoorn in Holland. Only the women’s team pursuit won their event, although Britain did win three silver and five bronze medals. Australia topped the medal table with eight golds.

The cricket World Cup in numbers

8Pakistan’s slow bowlers took eight of the ten West Indies wickets in bowling their opponents out for a miserly 112 in their quarter-final victory.

Ponting produced a brave century in defeat

104 – Australia captain Ricky Ponting scored 104 against India – two more runs than he had managed in total in his five previous innings in the tournament – but it was not enough to prevent the three-time defending champions from sliding to defeat.

1996 – India’s quarter-final win means someone other than Australia will win the World Cup for the first time since 1996. It will also be the first final not to feature the Aussies since 1992.

51South Africa lost their last seven wickets for just 51 runs, throwing away a seemingly dominant position as New Zealand won a thrilling match by 49 runs.

3Eoin Morgan was dropped three times by Sri Lanka en route to making 50 during England’s ten-wicket quarter-final defeat.

2Tillakaratne Dilshan and Upul Thuranga are the only opening pair to both make centuries in a World Cup match. Their unbeaten stand of 231 against England marked the second time they have achieved this feat.

3 – England have now lost on all three occasions after winning the toss and choosing to bat in a World Cup knockout match (also against India in 1983 and Sri Lanka in 1996).

2 – Two of the four quarter-finals were won without losing a wicket by the team batting second – Pakistan against the West Indies, and Sri Lanka against England.

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

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