The sporting week in numbers

By Daniel Richardson

Kiwi basketball player Steven Adams has been projected to be selected with the 16th pick in this year's NBA draft by magazine Sports Illustrated. Photo / Getty Images.
Kiwi basketball player Steven Adams has been projected to be selected with the 16th pick in this year's NBA draft by magazine Sports Illustrated. Photo / Getty Images.

APNZ's Daniel Richardson takes a look at the sporting week in numbers

152 - Undefeated boxers Floyd Mayweather (44-0) and Saul `Canelo' Alvarez (42-0-1) have agreed to a bout in Las Vegas on September 14 that will be contested at the catchweight of 152 pounds. American Mayweather and Alvarez (Mexico) own titles at junior middleweight (154 pounds) but they agreed on the drop in what shapes to be a huge bout.

4 - James Maloney had only played four NRL games for the Melbourne Storm when he was snapped up by the Warriors in 2010. The five-eighth went on to register more than 500 points for the Auckland-based franchise during three fruitful seasons before he moved to Sydney to join the Roosters this year. Maloney capped his career progression recently when he was named to start at five-eighth for New South Wales in the first State of Origin game against Queensland next Wednesday.

14 - With only 14 test caps to his name, All Blacks wing Hosea Gear has pulled the pin on New Zealand rugby and will join French club Toulouse at the end of the season.

The imposing left wing had a disjointed international career and flirted with the idea of heading overseas in 2011 when he was initially left out of the World Cup squad but eventually joined the side as injury cover for Mils Muliaina and moved to the Highlanders last season.

62 - The 44th annual World Series of Poker got underway in Las Vegas this week and there will be 62 events to be played with varying levels of buy-ins. The winner of each event is given their own bracelet as well as a stack of cash.

25 - Alastair Cook's 130 in England's victory over New Zealand during the second cricket test at Leeds this week marked the 25th time the English skipper had passed three figures in test cricket. At only 28 years old, the left-hander is 16th-equal on the all-time list for most test centuries.

32 - At the age of 32, wicketkeeper-batsman Luke Ronchi will make his debut for New Zealand tonight when the Black Caps meet England at Lord's in the first one-day international of their three-match series. Ronchi previously played for Australia in 2008 and 2009 but after serving a four-year stand-down period can play for New Zealand as he was born in Dannevirke.

16 - Kiwi basketball player Steven Adams has been projected to be selected with the 16th pick in this year's NBA draft by magazine Sports Illustrated. Following a middling freshman campaign at the University of Pittsburgh the 2.13m New Zealander declared for the draft. The Boston Celtics own the 16th pick in the draft and SI.com said he would be a good project for the franchise.

26 - In the era of professional netball, statistical analysis has become an important tool and Melbourne Vixens defender Geva Mentor leads the ANZ Championship in intercepts this year with 26. The 28-year-old also has the most deflections with 59.

3 - Marina Erakovic will play in the third round of the French Open for the first time in her career after the Kiwi No 1 beat 16th-seed Dominika Cibulkova overnight. Erakovic beat Cibulkova in three sets 6-2, 2-6, 6-4 in their second-round match that lasted two hours and 38 minutes.

1 - The number of games James Franklin and Jacob Oram combined for during the recently-concluded IPL. Both Kiwis were part of the victorious Mumbai Indians squad and Oram was picked once while Franklin couldn't get a look in under former Black Caps coach John Wright.

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