The sporting week in numbers

By Kris Shannon

Benji Marshall. Photo / Getty Images.
Benji Marshall. Photo / Getty Images.

The sporting week in numbers, compiled by Kris Shannon of APNZ

350,000 - Andrew Nicholson will this weekend attempt to win Badminton for the first time in his career, a feat which would be rewarded with a US$350,000 bonus. A victory at Badminton will see Nicholson, who has already won at Burghley and Kentucky, claim the the cash prize for eventing's grand slam.

3,000,000 - One man who will soon know a thing or two about such handsome remuneration is Digby Ioane. The Wallabies wing will leave the Reds and Australian rugby later this year to take up a two-year contract at French club Stade Francais, a deal which is reportedly worth a cool $3 million.

102,000 - Ioane's new club plays some games at the 80,000-seat Stade de France, though even that falls short of college football in the United States. Texas A&M this week announced an increased capacity of 102,000 at their home stadium, which is still only the third-largest college crowd in the country.

49 - England's Twickenham isn't exactly short of seats but it may be lacking in toilets. Forty-nine rugby fans were fined 80 ($146) each for weeing in the streets of Twickenham before and after last weekend's Army vs Navy match, with the 10 portable toilets set up outside the ground proving far too few.

869 - Hopefully that situation can be remedied before the 2015 Rugby World Cup, with organisers having 869 days to somehow find a solution to the problem. The draw for the tournament was held last night (NZT), with the All Blacks to begin the defence of their crown against Argentina at Wembley.

3 - Wembley is the home of football but Gareth Bale won't play there this season. The Welshman can console himself for Spurs' lack of success in England's cup competitions with the writers' footballer of the year and the PFA player and young player prizes, following only Cristiano Ronaldo in winning all three.

2 - Despite finishing second in the PFA award - voted by fellow professionals in March - Liverpool's Luiz Suarez earned only two votes from the writers. The disparity was all about timing, with the writers polled following the Uruguayan's chomp on Chelsea defender Branislav Ivanovic's arm.

14 - While Suarez has also admitted diving, Kiwi league player Sam McKendry can be found at the opposite end of the sporting `tough guy' scale. The Penrith prop thought he had sustained a minor shoulder injury against the Eels last week, only to discover he played on for 14 minutes with a broken neck.

4 - McKendry will be able to swap war stories with Golden State forward David Lee, whose "season-ending'' hip injury saw him miss only four games. Lee tore his right hip flexor in game one of the Warriors' playoff series against the Nuggets, but returned for today's game six with his team leading 3-2.

4,00,000 - Another man returning from injury is former Kiwis captain Benji Marshall, who will play for the Tigers tonight after an ailment slightly less severe than McKendry's or Lee's - a sore toe. Marshall will soon be able to treat those toes to a few pedicures, courtesy of a new five-year A$4 million contract.


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