The sporting week in numbers

Michael Campbell might be back! photo / Getty Images
Michael Campbell might be back! photo / Getty Images

The sporting week in numbers, compiled by APNZ

98,604 - Charlie Morgan went from obscurity to instant fame with one lash of Eden Hazard's boot. The 17-year-old Swansea City ballboy's Twitter account ballooned from 600 followers to 98,604 in little more than 24 hours and surpassed the club's official Twitter feed, which has 77,951 followers.

8 - The Breakers are achieving things the Phoenix and Warriors can only dream about. On Thursday night they won their eighth straight game, to equal the club's best record, as well as their 100th game at home.

4 - If the New Zealand cricket side to face England was picked on form, Ross Taylor would be missing. After all, he has scored only four runs since November. Fortunately, sport doesn't work like that.

7 - Wellington Phoenix fans have been having kittens this week. Not only was their side beaten 7-1 by Sydney FC last weekend, the club's worst defeat ever, but some have been labelled "pathetic" and unsophisticated by co-owner Gareth Morgan.

10 - Whisper it quietly but Michael Campbell might be back. After years of struggling to make cuts and tumbling down the world rankings, the former US Open champion has shot even-card rounds or better in his last 10 rounds on the European Tour going back to the end of last year.

49 - When news came Ryan Nelsen had retired from international football, it wasn't a surprise. Sadly, the end has arrived and Nelsen will be stuck on 49 internationals caps for the All Whites. Fortunately he played the five biggest ones this country has featured in over the past 30 years.

1000 - College footballer Manti Te'o made and received more than 1000 calls totalling more than 500 hours in length to a man putting on female voice in a love story that captured the US. Too bad it was a hoax. Te'o was convinced Lennay Kekua - a woman he had fallen for but never met face-to-face - had died of leukemia.

145 - Kane Williamson's unbeaten 145 in New Zealand's victory over South Africa in Kimberley on Wednesday morning was the sixth-equal best by a New Zealander in a one-day international but the best against a top-eight test playing nation. The others came against minnows Ireland, Zimbabwe and the US.

10 - All Blacks halfback Piri Weepu has turned up in good shape for Blues pre-season training, weighing in 10kg lighter than a year ago after his stint with the Hurricanes. As the slogans once said, Piri has got this.

89 - An audit of 55 national sporting organisations found 89 per cent have fewer than 50 per cent female representation on their boards, while just over half reach the target of 20 per cent representation set by the IOC.

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