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.
5 – Barcelona‘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.
1 – Serbia 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.
17 – Kevin 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.
29 – Kevin 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 arsenal.com)
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.
15 – Craig 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.
500 – Sol 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)
3 – Philadelphia 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 Buffalo, Adrian 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 NFL.com.)