The sporting week in numbers

Lydia Ko. Photo / Getty Images.
Lydia Ko. Photo / Getty Images.

The sporting week in numbers, compiled by APNZ

3 - When former All Blacks' lock Ross Filipo turns out for the Chiefs in Dunedin tonight (Fri), he will be representing his third Super Rugby franchise. Filipo has previously played for the Hurricanes and Crusaders, and he has arrived in Hamilton via stints at Bayonne in France and Wasps in London.

1 - Danica Patrick became the first woman to secure pole position for any race in the NASCAR Premier Circuit after winning pole on Monday for the prestigious Daytona 500. The 30-year-old, who previously spent seven years on the Indy Car circuit, is yet to win a race in NASCAR.

13 - Lydia Ko's dream start to the year just keeps getting better, with her third place at last week's Australian Open the latest in a long line of impressive performances. In 13 professional events, the 15-year-old amateur has three wins, two seconds and one third. She is yet to miss a cut.

800 - West Sydney Wanderers have been an unequivocal success in their first season in the A-League, sitting second with crowds to match.

During last weekend's win over Melbourne Victory, the Wanderers' fans sold out their full 800-seat allocation at AAMI Park, the first time an away side has done so.

4 - Ardie Savea knew he was in trouble as soon as he drove Augustine Pulu into the Mangatainoka turf with an illegal tackle on Saturday. Sure enough, the Hurricanes' flanker received a four-week ban and will miss the first month of the Super Rugby season, delaying a debut for the talented 19-year-old.

50 - Michael Jordan, the greatest basketball player of all time, may have turned 50 on Sunday but he still has game. Jordan took time out of running the Charlotte Bobcats to beat 19-year-old Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, the team's first-round draft pick, in a one-on-one game at a practice last week.

25 - Gareth Bale didn't score in Tottenham's 1-1 draw with Lyon in the Europa League today (Fri). So what, you say? Well, it was the first time in 25 days Spurs scored and Bale wasn't responsible. The Welsh winger has scored all six of Spurs' goals in their last four matches stretching back to last month.

24 - With his left leg incapacitated by a hamstring strain, a one-legged Martin Guptill hit 24 runs from 10 balls to help New Zealand beat England in the first one-dayer on Sunday. Guptill, who had retired hurt earlier in the innings, returned to the crease with his side eight down to hit the winning runs.

3 - Australian swimmer Jade Neilsen's Olympic campaign last year may have been affected by the antics of her teammates. Neilsen said she and her roommate were woken by three male Australian swimmers making late night doorknocks and prank phone calls while at a team camp in Manchester.


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