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 25/9/11

Makau erased Gebreselassie's time from the record books

2:03:38 – Kenya’s Patrick Makau set a new world record time of 2:03:38 at the Berlin Marathon, taking 21 seconds off the previous record held by Haile Gebreselassie.

1Sebastian Vettel requires just one point from the last five Formula 1 races of the season to clinch his back-to-back world titles after he dominated the Singapore Grand Prix to record his ninth win of the season.

0 – Number of times a car other than a Red Bull has been on pole position during the 14 races of this F1 season. Vettel has 11 poles, Mark Webber three.

2  Owen Hargreaves made only his second competitive start in three years, and scored as Manchester City knocked holders Birmingham out of the Carling Cup 2-1.

3 – Arsenal Ladies completed the domestic treble with a 4-1 League Cup final win over Birmingham. It was their 37th trophy in 24 years.

Cavendish sprinted to victory to take the rainbow jersey (image courtesy of Graham Watson)

2Mark Cavendish won the men’s road race at the UCI Road World Championships to become only the second British rider ever to win the event. Tom Simpson was the other, in 1965 – he went on to win BBC Sports Personality of the Year that year.

3 – Three of the four senior (elite) races at the Road World Championships were won by riders from the HTC-Highroad team (Cavendish, Tony Martin, Judith Arndt). In addition, all three riders on the men’s road race podium rode for the team in 2010: Cavendish and Matt Goss remain with HTC, while bronze medalist André Greipel moved to Omega Pharma-Lotto this year. The team is disbanding at the end of the season.

7 – The West Indies lost seven wickets for just 21 runs as they collapsed to 125 all out in their first Twenty20 match against England at the Oval. England romped to victory by ten wickets.

4 – Run outs in England‘s innings in the second Twenty20 match as they slumped to 88 all out – their lowest ever score in this form of the game – and allowed the West Indies to level the series 1-1.

4 – The European ladies’ golf team defeated the USA 15-13 to regain the Solheim Cup after three consecutive defeats. It was only the fourth time Europe have won the competition, which the USA leads 8-4.

80 – Age of Donald’ Ginger’ McCain, trainer of three-time Grand National winner Red Rum, who died last week.

The Premier League in numbers

100Robin van Persie scored his 99th and 100th goals for Arsenal in the 3-0 win over Bolton.

Walcott links up particularly well with van Persie (image courtesy of

7Theo Walcott provided the assist for van Persie’s second goal. All seven of Walcott’s assists in 2011 have been for goals scored by van Persie.

43West Bromwich Albion‘s 0-0 draw with Fulham snapped a streak of 43 games since their previous goalless draw in a Premier League game.

63Chelsea‘s 4-1 win over Swansea extended their unbeaten streak against newly promoted sides to 63 games, dating back to 2001. They have won 56 of those 63 games.

27Manchester United opened the scoring in their 1-1 draw at Stoke with a 27th-minute goal by Nani. This was the third time in a row against Stoke that they have opened the scoring in the same minute.

6 – In scoring Stoke’s equaliser, Peter Crouch became only the sixth player to score for six different clubs in the Premier League. (The other five are Andy Cole, Les Ferdinand, Marcus Bent, Nicky Barmby and Craig Bellamy.)

9Queens Park Rangers‘ last-minute equaliser in the 1-1 draw against Aston Villa came courtesy of Richard Dunne‘s ninth Premier League own goal. He has two more than any other player.

The Rugby World Cup in numbers

9South Africa‘s 87-0 win over Namibia marked the ninth-biggest winning margin in a World Cup game and the third-highest score to nil.

14Namibia have now lost all 14 of their Rugby World Cup matches. No other side has lost as many without winning a single game.

Ashton's was one of two England hat-tricks against Romania (image courtesy of

5Mark Cueto and Chris Ashton both scored hat-tricks in England’s 67-3 win over Romania – the fifth time more than one player has scored a hat-trick in the same World Cup match.

14 – Australia scored 11 tries in their 67-5 win over the USA, the 14th time they have crossed for ten or more tries in a match.

25New Zealand‘s 37-17 victory against France extended their unbeaten run at Auckland’s Eden Park to 25 matches. The last team to beat them there was France, in 1994.

2Argentina‘s 13-12 victory over Scotland was only the second game at this World Cup with fewer than ten points in the first half. The other was Argentina vs England.

The NFL in numbers

11 – 11 of Sunday’s 15 games were decided by seven points or fewer.

3 – Baltimore rookie Torrey Smith took his first three career receptions for touchdowns of 74, 41 and 18 yards, all in the first quarter of the Ravens’ 37-7 rout of the St Louis Rams. He finished with five catches for 152 yards.

18 – The Buffalo Bills became the first team in NFL history to win consecutive games in which they trailed by at least 18 points in each game, as they overcame a 21-0 deficit to beat the New England Patriots 34-31 on a field goal as time expired.

15Buffalo‘s victory ended a 15-game losing streak to the Patriots, dating back to 2003.

Brees has now thrown a TD pass in each of his last 30 games (image courtesy of Wikipedia)

4 – New Orelans’ Drew Brees became only the fourth player in NFL history to throw a touchdown pass in 30 consecutive games, joining Johnny Unitas (47), Brett Favre (36) and Dan Marino (30). The Saints outlasted the Houston Texans 40-33 in an offensive shootout.

20 – The Detroit Lions were outscored 20-0 in the first half by the Minnesota Vikings, but rallied to win 26-23 when Jason Hanson hit a 32-yard field goal in overtime.

1 – Detroit wide receiver Calvin Johnson became the first player ever to have at least two TD catches in each of his team’s first three games of the season. He had seven receptions for 108 yards, scoring from 32 and five yards.

553 – The Ravens accumulated 553 yards on offense, 406 of which came in the first half. Both marks were new franchise records.

3 – In a wild finish, the lead changed hands three times in the last 5½ minutes of the game as Pittsburgh beat Indianapolis 23-20.

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

The week in numbers: w/e 17/7/11

20 – Age of Tom Lewis, an amateur from Welwyn Garden City, who shot a five-under par round of 65 to share the first round lead at the Open Championship with Thomas Björn. It was the lowest total recorded by an amateur in the history of the tournament.

Clarke won the Open at his 20th attempt (image courtesy of Wikipedia)

42 – At 42 years 337 days Darren Clarke won the Open to become the oldest player to win a major championship since Ben Crenshaw at the 1995 Masters (43 years 88 days).

20Clarke‘s first Open win came at his 20th appearance in the tournament. No other golfer had previously won their first Open after their 15th attempt.

184Alex Hales hit a career-best 184 in Nottinghamshire’s County Championship draw with Somerset.

6 – Runs conceded by Durham’s Paul Collingwood as he took five wickets in helping to bowl out Northamptonshire for just 47 in their Twenty20 encounter.

59 – Balls taken by Murray Goodwin to score an unbeaten 100 in Sussex’s 11-run Twenty20 win over Surrey.

5 – Number of North Korean footballers who tested positive for steroids at the Women’s World Cup.

1Japan defeated the USA in a penalty shoot-out to win their first women’s World Cup after twice coming from behind late in normal and extra time to equalise. Aya Miyama equalised in the 81st minute to send the game to extra time, while Homare Sawa scored in the 117th minute to force the climactic shoot-out.

1Samoa stunned Australia 32-23 in Sydney to claim their first ever rugby union test win over the Wallabies. They had lost all four previous meetings by a combined score of 181-26.

The Tour de France in numbers

14 André Greipel became the 14th active rider (and only German) to win a stage at all three Grand Tours as he won stage ten of the Tour de France in Carmaux.

3Mark Cavendish won stage 11 in Lavaur. It is the third consecutive year in which he has won the 11th stage at the Tour.

Sanchez won ten years after Laiseka won at Luz-Ardiden

10Euskaltel-Euskadi‘s Samuel Sánchez claimed his first ever Tour stage – and only his team’s fourth ever – on Luz-Ardiden on stage 12. The victory came ten years after Roberto Laiseka recorded the team’s maiden victory – which came on the same mountain.

2Thor Hushovd became only the second reigning road race world champion in 30 years to win a Tour stage when he was victorious on stage 13 in Lourdes. Óscar Freire also achieved the feat in 2002.

1Jelle Vanendert‘s win at Plateau de Beille was his first of any description in the professional ranks. On the four previous occasions a stage has finished there, the stage winner has gone on to win the Tour. (Vanendert is a relatively lowly 20th.)

19 – In winning stage 15 in Montpellier, Mark Cavendish handed the Isle of Man its 19th Tour stage win, surpassing the totals of both England and Denmark (both 18). All 19 victories have been recorded by Cavendish himself.

4 – It was also Cavendish‘s fourth stage win this year. He became only the second rider ever (after Eddy Merckx) to win four or more stages in four consecutive years at the Tour.

11 – Of the 14 individual stages so far (excluding the team time trial), there have been 11 different winners. Cavendish is the only multiple winner.

8 – Only eight of the 22 competing teams have won stages so far. HTC-Highroad have won four (all Cavendish), Omega Pharma-Lotto (Gilbert, Greipel, Vanendert) and Garmin-Cervélo (Farrar, Hushovd, team time trial) three each.

7 – Days in the yellow jersey (so far) for Thomas Voeckler. In 2004, he spent ten days in yellow.

0 – Stages won by French riders so far, versus six last in total last year. (They have recorded three second places.)

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

The week in numbers: w/e 22/5/11

Gilchrist bludgeoned 106 off 55 balls in a record T20 stand

206 – Australians Adam Gilchrist and Shaun Marsh recorded the highest partnership in Twenty20 history, as they put on 206 runs for the second wicket as Kings XI Punjab beat Royal Challengers Bangalore. Gilchrist scored 106 off 55 deliveries, while Marsh had an unbeaten 79 off 49 balls.

6 – Just nine years after their formation, AFC Wimbledon earned their sixth promotion in nine seasons after beating Luton on penalties in the Conference playoff final to gain a place in the Football League.

27 – Unanswered points scored by Leinster as they recovered from 22-6 down at half-time to defeat Northampton 33-22 to win rugby union’s Heineken Cup final.

2Mark Cavendish became the first – and so far only – rider to win twice at this year’s Giro d’Italia, taking victory on stages 10 and 12. He retired from the race immediately after his second win to begin preparations for July’s Tour de France.

4:20 – With six of 21 stages to go, Alberto Contador leads the Giro by 4:20. He is also currently first in the points competition.

André Villas-Boas - a treble-winning manager at only 33 (image courtesy of Wikipedia)

33 – Age of André Villas-Boas, the manager who led has Porto to a treble of league, cup and Europa League this season. He is the youngest ever manager to win a European trophy. The treble was completed with a 6-2 win over Vitória de Guimarães in the Portuguese Cup final yesterday.

10Sussex‘s Rana Navad claimed match figures of 10/161 – taking five wickets in each innings – as Sussex defeated Somerset by eight wickets in their County Championship match.

3Gordon Muchall (175), Ian Blackwell (134) and Phil Mustard (101) each scored centuries in Durham‘s first innings total of 587/7 declared as they beat Worcestershire by an innings and 25 runs.

46 – At the age of 46, Bernard Hopkins became the oldest ever world champion as he beat Jean Pascal on points to claim the WBC light-heavyweight title.

13 – Number of people, including four jockeys, who have been charged by the British Horseracing Authority with conspiracy to commit a corrupt or fraudulent practice after a BHA investigation into suspicious betting activity on 10 races in 2009.

Warne retired with 1,001 international wickets

1,001 – International wickets taken by Shane Warne (708 in Tests, 293 in one-day internationals), who retired from professional cricket last week.

0.63 – In seconds, Sebastian Vettel‘s winning margin over Lewis Hamilton at the Spanish GP in Barcelona. Vettel has now won four of the five F1 races so far this season, collecting 118 out of a maximum possible 125 points.

40Real Madrid‘s Cristiano Ronaldo finished the season with a record 40 goals in La Liga, surpassing the previous record of 38 jointly held by Telmo Zarra and Hugo Sánchez.

43Deportivo La Coruña went down despite accumulating 43 points, the highest ever total for a relegated club in a 38-game La Liga season.

The Premier League in numbers

9Zoltan Gera‘s red card against Arsenal made him the ninth opponent to be sent off against the Gunners this season, highest in the Premier League. All nine dismissals were straight red cards.

Van Persie scored in each of his last nine away games (image courtesy of

9Robin van Persie extended his own record of scoring in consecutive Premier League away games to nine matches in the 2-2 draw at Fulham.

5 – No team has conceded more own goals than Blackpool‘s five this season. Ian Evatt put through his own net to put Manchester United 3-2 up. Blackpool eventually lost 4-2 and were relegated.

55 – Blackpool scored the most goals of any side which has been relegated from the Premier League.

2 – Relegated Blackpool finished the season by repeating the scoreline of two of their three FA Cup final appearances. The 4-2 defeat against Manchester United (1948) followed the 4-3 victory over Bolton (1953).

14Blackburn scored 3 away goals in the first half of an away match for the first time in 14 years, since going 3-0 up at Aston Villa in August 1998.

Kalinic netted just five times all season

5 – Blackburn’s top goalscorer Nikola Kalinić scored just five league goals.

19West Bromwich Albion‘s 3-3 draw at Newcastle meant they conceded in all 19 away matches this season, becoming the first side in Premier League history to do so twice.

3 – There were 3 matches this season in which teams came back from at least three goals down – all of these involved either or both of Newcastle and West Brom. In addition to yesterday’s game: Newcastle 4 Arsenal 4, West Brom 3 West Ham 3.

17 – Somen Tchoyi‘s hat-trick for West Brom was the 17th of the season, a record in a 20-team Premier League campaign.

14Wigan Athletic, who escaped relegation and finished 16th, lost 14 league games in 2010/11 – the same number as Liverpool in sixth.

6Birmingham‘s relegation following their 2-1 defeat at Tottenham means they will be the sixth English club from outside the top flight to play in European competition. Millwall were the last (2004/05).

5 – Birmingham have been either relegated from or promoted to the Premier League in five of the last six seasons.

1,063 – Total goals in the 2010/11 campaign, a record for a 38-match Premier League season.

16.9% – Champions Manchester United had the best shots-to-goals conversion rate in 2010/11, while bottom side West Ham the lowest (10.2%).

25 – There were only 25 0-0 draws (out of 380 total games) in the season – a rate of 6.6%.

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

The week in numbers: w/e 16/1/11

3 Barcelona players occupied the top three positions in the voting for the inaugural FIFA Ballon d’Or award for the best player in world football. Lionel Messi won ahead of his Spanish teammates Andrés Iniesta and Xavi Hernández.

8England defeated Australia in Wednesday’s first Twenty20 international to set a new world record of eight consecutive wins in the format. The streak ended when Australia won the second match in the series on Friday.

Watson hit a career-best ODI score of 161 not out

161 Shane Watson hit an unbeaten 161 from 150 balls – his highest ever one-day international score – as Australia won the first of seven ODIs against England by six wickets yesterday.

0Ipswich Town have never reached the final of the League Cup before, but they will take a 1-0 advantage to the Emirates Stadium after beating Arsenal in the first leg of their semi-final.

5 Marco Fu won five frames in a row to recover from 4-1 down to beat Mark Allen 6-4 in their Masters snooker semi-final. However, he was beaten 10-4 in yesterday’s final by Ding Junhui.

2 – With one round of rugby union’s Heineken Cup pool stage remaining, only two teams – Northampton and Toulouse – remain unbeaten.

5 – Number of games lost by defending Australian Open champion Roger Federer, who won his first round match against Slovakian Lukas Lacko 6-1 6-1 6-3.

29 – Age of midfielder Richard Butcher of League Two side Macclesfield Town, who died in his sleep last week.

85 – Age of Nat Lofthouse, the former Bolton and England striker, who died in his sleep at the weekend. He scored 30 goals in just 33 international appearances, and scored both goals in Bolton’s 1958 FA Cup final win over a post-Munich Manchester United.

The Premier League week in numbers

6 – Number of points Blackpool have gained against Liverpool this season. They completed the double over Kenny Dalglish‘s side with a 2-1 comeback win on Wednesday night. It is the first time they have achieved this feat since the 1946/47 season.

Van Persie was Arsenal's fifth penalty taker this season (image courtesy of

5 – All five penalties Arsenal have been awarded this season in the Premier League have been taken by different players. Robin van Persie took (and scored) the latest in the 3-0 win at West Ham.

3 – Arsenal’s win marked the first time they have kept clean sheets in three consecutive league matches since February 2009.

5 – Bolton’s 2-0 defeat at Stoke means they have now lost their last five away league matches.

12 – In Chelsea’s 2-0 win, Nicolas Anelka scored his 12th goal in 16 career league appearances against Blackburn.

250 – Aston Villa goalkeeper Brad Friedel played in his 250th consecutive Premier League match in the 1-1 draw at Birmingham – the first player to reach this milestone.

Gyan's late goal earned Sunderland a point

3Asamoah Gyan‘s 94th-minute equaliser in the 1-1 draw with Newcastle was the third time this season Sunderland have grabbed a result in the 90th minute or later (1-0 versus Manchester City, 1-1 versus Arsenal).

22 – Number of matches since Sunderland last kept a clean sheet against Newcastle.

25 – After their 0-0 draw at Tottenham, Manchester United are now unbeaten in their last 25 league matches.

The NFL divisional playoffs in numbers

15 – In beating Baltimore 31-24, the Pittsburgh Steelers advanced to their 15th AFC Championship Game, passing Dallas (14) for the most trips to a Conference final since the 1970 AFL-NFL merger.

Harrison had three sacks against the Ravens (image courtesy of

11 – There were 11 sacks in the Pittsburgh-Baltimore game as defenses dominated. Pittsburgh’s James Harrison and Baltimore’s Terrell Suggs had three apiece.

9 – This was Pittsburgh quarterback Ben Roethlisberger‘s ninth postseason victory. He is 9-2 in the playoffs and ranks second all-time among quarterbacks in postseason winning percentage. (Green Bay‘s Bart Starr was 9-1.)

6 – Baltimore quarterback Joe Flacco is 0-6 against the Steelers when Roethlisberger has started.

102Atlanta‘s Eric Weems scored on a 102-yard kickoff return in the Falcons’ 48-21 defeat to Green Bay. It was the longest kick return touchdown in NFL postseason history.

1 – Green Bay quarterback Aaron Rodgers had 366 passing yards, three passing touchdowns and a rushing touchdown. This was the seventh time in NFL playoff history that a player has had 300-plus passing yards, at least three touchdown passes and at least one rushing touchdown – but Rodgers is the only person to do it twice.

0 – The Packers did not punt at all during the game, becoming only the sixth team in NFL playoff history to do so.

2Chicago quarterback Jay Cutler became only the second quarterback in NFL playoff history to have two or more TDs both rushing and passing in the Bears’ 35-24 win over Seattle. (Otto Graham did it twice.)

22 – Cutler completed 15 of 28 passes for 274 yards and two TDs for a 111.3 passer rating. He is 22-0 during his career when he has a 100-plus passer rating.

Sanchez has already won four road playoff games (image courtesy of

8 – The Seahawks have now lost eight straight road playoff games and are 1-8 all-time on the road in the postseason.

5 – The New York JetsRex Ryan became only the fifth head coach in the Super Bowl era to reach a Conference Championship in each of first two seasons, as the Jets upset the New England Patriots 28-21.

2 – The Jets’ Mark Sanchez joined Ben Roethlisberger as the only quarterbacks in NFL history to reach a Conference Championship in each of their first two seasons.

4 – Sanchez improved his postseason record to 4-1. All four wins have come on the road.

3 – The Patriots have now lost three straight playoff games, dating back to their Super Bowl XLII defeat.

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

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