The sporting week in numbers

By Kris Shannon, Daniel Richardson

Louis Fenton (right) scored the Phoenix's second goal to upstage fellow A-League debutant Alessandro Del Piero. Photo / Getty Images.
Louis Fenton (right) scored the Phoenix's second goal to upstage fellow A-League debutant Alessandro Del Piero. Photo / Getty Images.

APNZ's Daniel Richardson and Kris Shannon bring you the sporting week in numbers

3 - San Francisco Giants catcher Buster Posey became only the third catcher in Major League Baseball history to hit a postseason grand slam when he blasted a 415-foot homer for the Giants against the Cincinnati Reds in Ohio today. The Giants went on to win the game 6-4 and claimed the National League divisional playoff series 3-2.

34.79 - New Black Caps leg-spinner Todd Astle has a first-class bowling average of 34.79 from 55 matches where he was collected 127 wickets in a career that began in late 2005 as a top-order batsman.

141 - Auckland's Pakistani import Azhar Mahmood has played 141 Twenty20 matches, good for 13th on the all-time list. The 37-year-old performed admirably for the Aces in their second qualifying match for next week's Champions League, recording 5-24 with the ball and 55 not out with the bat to lead Auckland to a eight-wicket win over Hampshire yesterday and in to the main draw.

20 - Miami Heat forward LeBron James scored 20 points as the defending NBA champions beat the LA Clippers 94-80 in a pre-season game in Beijing today. James, the reigning league MVP, also dished out five assists and pulled down five rebounds in 26 minutes of action.

200 - New Zealand rugby referee Bryce Lawrence will control his 200th first-class game when he blows the whistle between Wellington and Taranaki in their ITM Cup match in the capital on Sunday afternoon. The 25-test veteran will hang up his whistle at the end of this season to take up a new role in high performance for referees with the New Zealand Rugby Union.

19 - The age of Wellington Phoenix winger Louis Fenton, who scored in the team's opening round win over Sydney last weekend. Fenton scored the Phoenix's second goal to upstage fellow A-League debutant Alessandro Del Piero and cap what many called the best debut in Phoenix history.

1 - New York Yankees outfielder Raul Ibanez became the first player in MLB history to hit two home runs in a postseason game he did not start. Ibanez tied game three of the Yankees' divisional series against Baltimore yesterday after pinch-hitting for Alex Rodriguez in the ninth inning, before repeating the dose to win the game in the 12th.

8 - The Warriors today unveiled the eighth coach in the history of the club, former Penrith Panthers and Canberra Raiders supremo Matthew Elliott. Elliott, who replaces Brian McClennan, is one of the most experienced operators in the game, boasting 14 seasons and more than 360 games as a head coach with Bradford in the English Super League plus Canberra and Penrith.

22 - The number of international goals scored by All Whites striker Shane Smeltz heading into tomorrow's World Cup qualifier against Tahiti in Papeete. The 31-year-old Smeltz, who currently sits level with Brian Turner, trails only Vaughan Coveny (28) on the all-time list.

6 - The All Blacks famed jersey will bear the logo of American insurance giants AIG for the next six years. The sponsorship deal, announced today by the NZRU, is the second-most lucrative in international rugby, behind the All Blacks' current deal with adidas.


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