Djokovic beat Nadal in the final for the fourth tournament in a row
37 – Novak Djokovic defeated Rafael Nadal 6-4 6-4 in the final of the Rome Masters to record his 37th consecutive victory of 2011 and his seventh title of the year.
4 – Djokovic has now beaten Nadal in the final of the last four Masters 1000 tournaments in which he has played (two on hard courts, two on clay).
31 – Former Greek sprinters Kostas Kenteris and Katerina Thanou were given 31-month suspended jail sentences for faking a motorcycle crash to evade a doping test on the eve of the 2004 Athens Olympics.
21 – Barcelona won their 21st La Liga title, their third in a row, with a 1-1 draw at Levante on Wednesday night.
254 – Somerset‘s Nick Compton scored an unbeaten 254 in the first innings of their drawn County Championship game against Durham.
Wouter Weylandt, 1984-2011 (image courtesy of Graham Watson).
26 – Age of Belgian cyclist Wouter Weylandt, who was killed in a crash on stage three of the Giro d’Italia. He was the fourth cyclist to be killed as a result of a crash at the Giro, and the first in 25 years.
59 – Number of seconds by which Alberto Contador leads the Giro after winning stage nine on Mount Etna yesterday.
24 – Age of Kenyan 2008 Olympic marathon champion Samuel ‘Sammy’ Wanjiru, who died after falling from a first-floor balcony at his home in Nyahururu.
6 – Years since Napoli were playing in the third tier of Italian football. A 1-1 draw with Inter Milan saw them qualify for their first ever Champions League campaign.
54 – In his last season before retirement, manager Walter Smith guided Rangers to their 54th Scottish league title after a 5-1 win at Kilmarnock.
The Premier League in numbers
Rodríguez was quick off the mark against Fulham
32 – Liverpool‘s Maxi Rodríguez scored the fastest goal of the Premier League season after just 32 seconds in the 5-2 win at Fulham last Monday night.
2 – The above result meant that all 20 Premier League teams scored in the same game-week for only the second time in the competition’s history. The previous occurrence was also this season.
19 – Manchester United‘s 1-1 draw at Blackburn secured a record 19th English top-flight title, surpassing Liverpool’s total of 18.
1,000 – D J Campbell scored the 1,000th goal of the 2010/11 Premier League season in Blackpool‘s 4-3 win over Bolton.
2 – On FA Cup final day, Blackpool’s win was a repeat of the scoreline of the 1953 FA Cup final (the ‘Matthews final’), as was West Bromwich Albion‘s 1-0 win over Everton, a repeat of the 1968 Cup final result.
24 – Tottenham‘s 2-0 win at Anfield meant they completed a league double over Liverpool for the first time in 24 years.
Bent scored against Arsenal - again
5 – Darren Bent‘s two goals in Aston Villa‘s 2-1 win at Arsenal improved his record to five goals in his last five starts against the Gunners.
17 – Robin van Persie scored his 17th league goal of 2011 against Villa – the same number of goals as the entire Blackburn team have scored since New Year.
0 – The Emirates Stadium is the only Premier League ground that has not seen a single goal scored with a shot from outside the box (both Arsenal and all visiting sides) this season.
The FA Cup final in numbers
35 – Manchester City won their first trophy in 35 years as they defeated Stoke 1-0 in the FA Cup final.
5 – All five FA Cup finals at the new Wembley Stadium have been decided by a single goal.
4 – Of the five finals at the new Wembley, four have ended with an African player scoring the only goal of the game (Didier Drogba twice, Kanu, Yaya Touré).
Touré secured City's first trophy in 35 years
2 – Yaya Touré has attempted just two shots on target in his last two FA Cup appearances, both of which have been winning goals.
1 – Vincent Kompany became the first Belgian player to win the FA Cup. Nico Claesen (1987) and Marouane Fellaini (2009) lost in the final.
4 – Stoke became the fourth debutant finalist in a row to lose, after Millwall (2004), Middlesbrough (1997) and Crystal Palace (1990). The last team to win in their debut appearance in was Wimbledon in 1988 (1-0 vs Liverpool).
5 – Five of Stoke’s outfield players misplaced more passes than they completed: Kenwyne Jones, Andy Wilkinson, Matthew Etherington, Robert Huth and Ryan Shawcross.
(Some statistics courtesy of Opta Sports, The Times, @InfostradaLive and @StatManJon.)