The sporting week in numbers

The 85 million pounds Tottenham received from Real Madrid for Gareth Bale was a world record fee. Photo / AP.
The 85 million pounds Tottenham received from Real Madrid for Gareth Bale was a world record fee. Photo / AP.

The sporting week in numbers: By Kris Shannon and Daniel Richardson and APNZ.

250,000 - The docked points and suspended sailors hurt much more, but Oracle Team USA were also fined US$250,000 (NZ$317,000) for the cheating scandal that has marred the start of the America's Cup. They can probably afford it - owner Larry Ellison is the fifth-wealthiest man in the world.

630,000,000 - It certainly doesn't seem as if the global economic finance has impacted English football. Premier League clubs spent a record 630 million pounds this off-season - a 29 per cent increase from 2012 - and the 85 million pounds Tottenham received from Real Madrid for Gareth Bale was a world record fee.

765,000,000 - It may seem incongruous but the $765 million the National Football League had to pay former players as part of a settlement deal relating to concussions was a bargain. With the NFL's projected revenue standing at $25 billion over the next 15 years, the payment was a drop in the bucket.

5,000,000 - With the world's best footballer involved in a Messi tax snafu, Lionel and father Jorge this week paid 5 million euro (NZ$8.3m) to appease the Spanish tax agency. Messi Sr and Jr and accused of allegedly defrauding the tax agency of income tax returns for three years.

8 - Auckland's ITM Cup clash with Taranaki tomorrow could feature a blast from the past, with former sevens maestro Orene Ai'i named on the bench. Ai'i, who led the Blues to the 2003 Super Rugby title, has turned back the clock and is poised to make his first appearance for the province in eight years.

31 - James Spithill was 31 when he became the youngest man to skipper a winning America's Cup boat when he guided Oracle to victory over Alinghi as they claimed the world's oldest active sporting trophy in 2010. Spithill and Oracle will now try and defend the cup when they meet Team New Zealand in a best of 17 series starting Sunday (NZT).

1 - One goal was all it took to send the All Whites through to the final of the OSN Cup in Saudi Arabia today. (Fri, nzt) Chris Killen's 78th-minute strike gave New Zealand a win over the hosts by the most slender of margins and the Kiwis will meet the UAE in the final on Tuesday. The All Whites have won eight of their past nine fixtures across all competitions.

6 - Taranaki golfer Murray Martin became the first Kiwi to win the Australian Men's Senior Amateur Championship in four years when he recorded a six stroke victory at the Royal Queensland Golf Club this week. The New Plymouth member finished with rounds of 74, 74 and 74 for a three-round total of six-over par. Martin is only the second Kiwi to win the title as he followed in the footsteps of three-time champion Rodney Barltrop (Royal Wellington).

7 - He might be 37 but that didn't stop Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning torching the Baltimore Ravens for seven touchdowns as the Broncos beat the defending-Super Bowl champions 49-27 in the NFL's season opener today. (fri) Manning's seven TDs tied the NFL record and was the first time since 1969 that a player had achieved such a feat.

1400 - All Blacks first-five Dan Carter is a safe bet to become the first player to pass the 1400-point barrier in international rugby when New Zealand host Argentina in Hamilton tomorrow night. Carter is poised on 1399 points and will start in the No 10 jersey against the Pumas. The 31-year-old is international rugby's leading points-scorer and is comfortably ahead of the now-retired Jonny Wilkinson who is in second with 1246 points.


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