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The oldest rookies in various leagues and competitions:

NBA: 40 - Pablo Prigioni (NY Knicks, 2012-2013)

NHL: 38 - Connie Madigan (St Louis Blues, 1972-1973)

MLB: 42 - Satchel Paige (Cleveland Indians, 1948)

NFL: 32- Sav Rocca (Philadelphia Eagles, 2007)

Formula 1 World Championship: 52 - Arthur Legat (1952 Belgian Grand Prix)

NRL: 34 - Bill Hardcastle (Glebe, 1909)

SANFL: 31 - Michael Haseldine (North Adelaide, 2005)

PGA Golf: 48 - Allen Doyle (1996)
 

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Impressive performance today by Ross Taylor and the New Zealand cricket team. 2-1 down in the 5-match ODI series, England batted first and made 335 with centuries to Bairstow and Root. At one stage they were 1-267 in the 38th over but they then lost 8-50 off the next 11.3 overs before Curran the #10 smacked Southee for 18 off the last 5 balls.

New Zealand's opening pair of Guptill and Munro both went for 0 and NZ were 2-3 after 4 overs. Ross Taylor was returning from injury (and suffered a further injury at the crease today), and only 3 times had a team won batting second after losing both openers for ducks, those times 192, 187 and 232 being successfully chased down. But NZ needed a lot more, 336 in fact.

The previous best score by a #4 in a winning chase was 139* by Virat Kohli. Ross Taylor obliterated that, scoring 181* and besting his previous high score of 131* in 2011 against Pakistan. Interesting side note: Taylor hit six 6s today but hadn't hit one for over 12 months! In that period he had scored 950 runs at 56 with 1 hundred, 8 50s, 83 4s but no 6s!
 

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Goalkeepers with the most clean sheets in international matches.


[B]Total[/B]

[B]Goalkeeper[/B]

[B]Country[/B]

[B]Total Games[/B]

[B]Clean sheet percentage[/B]

82

Iker Casillas

Spain

167

49.10

72

Edwin van der Saar

Netherlands

130

55.38

69

Mohamed Al-Deayea

Saudi Arabia

178

38.76

66

Peter Shilton

England

125

52.80

66

Gianluigi Buffon

Italy

175

37.71




In women's international soccer, the world record for clean sheets is 102 by Hope Solo (United States) from 202 matches (50.49 %).
 
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Trying to find a list for best winning starts to a tennis year. Federer should win the current tournament in Indian Wells to go 18-0 then has to be a strong favourite to win in Miami (assuming he plays), extending his streak to 24-0. Of course he should at least win the early rounds of whatever tournament he plays after that, probably Monte Carlo starting April 15.

42-0 McEnroe, 1984
41-0 Djokovic, 2011
...
16-0 Federer, 2006
16-0* Federer, 2018

NB: this is only for ATP events and matches from January 1. Some players winning streaks started in December and/or included Davis Cup. I'm only interested in ATP sanctioned matches.
 
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English Premier League - Season Records (38 or 42 game season)
Most wins: 30 (Chelsea 2016/17 - 30W 3D 5L)
Most points: 95 (Chelsea 2004/05 - 29W 8D 1L)
Most goals for: 103 (Chelsea 2009/10 - 103F 32A)
Best goal difference: +71 (Chelsea 2009/10 - 103F 32A)

Newly crowned champion Manchester City has broken all the records:
Wins: 32* (new record)
Points: 100* (new record)
Goals For: 106* (new record)
Goal difference: +79* (new record)

*updated May 15
 
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Been a fan of LeBron James since he first entered the NBA. He has the most Playoff Points in history, the 5th most Total Points and 7th most Regular Season Points. Next season he should climb to 4th for most Regular Season Points, and then 3rd the season after that.

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The four major tennis titles being won by the same nationality in one year.


MEN'S SINGLES

 

[B]country[/B]

[B]Aust Open[/B]

[B]French Open[/B]

[B]Wimbledon[/B]

[B]US Open[/B]

1928

France

Jean Borotra

Henri Cochet

Rene Lacoste

Henri Cochet

1938

United States

Don Budge

Don Budge

Don Budge

Don Budge

1956

Australia

Lew Hoad

Lew Hoad

Lew Hoad

Ken Rosewall

1958

Australia

Ashley Cooper

Mervyn Rose

Ashley Cooper

Ashley Cooper

1962

Australia

Rod Laver

Rod Laver

Rod Laver

Rod Laver

1967

Australia

Roy Emerson

Roy Emerson

John Newcombe

John Newcombe

1969

Australia

Rod Laver

Rod Laver

Rod Laver

Rod Laver

1988

Sweden

Mats Wilander

Mats Wilander

Stefan Edberg

Mats Wilander




WOMEN'S SINGLES

 

[B]country[/B]

[B]Aust Open[/B]

[B]French Open[/B]

[B]Wimbledon[/B]

[B]US Open[/B]

1949

United States

Doris Hart

Margaret Osborne

Louise Brough

Margaret Osborne

1950

United States

Louise Brough

Doris Hart

Louise Brough

Margaret Osborne

1953

United States

Maureen Connolly

Maureen Connolly

Maureen Connolly

Maureen Connolly

1965

Australia

Margaret Court

Lesley Turner

Margaret Court

Margaret Court

1970

Australia

Margaret Court

Margaret Court

Margaret Court

Margaret Court

1979

United States

Barbara Jordan

Chris Evert

Martina Navratilova

Tracy Austin

1982

United States

Chris Evert

Martina Navratilova

Martina Navratilova

Chris Evert

1983

United States

Martina Navratilova

Chris Evert

Martina Navratilova

Martina Navratilova

1984

United States

Chris Evert

Martina Navratilova

Martina Navratilova

Martina Navratilova

1988

West Germany

Steffi Graf

Steffi Graf

Steffi Graf

Steffi Graf

2001

United States

Jennifer Capriati

Jennifer Capriati

Venus Williams

Venus Williams

2002

United States

Jennifer Capriati

Serena Williams

Serena Williams

Serena Williams

 
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GP statistics for Australian F1 drivers (as at May 28, 2018)

Most career poles:
13 - Jack Brabham, Mark Webber
6 - Alan Jones
2 - Daniel Ricciardo

Most career podiums:
42 - Mark Webber
31 - Jack Brabham
29 - Daniel Ricciardo
24 - Alan Jones

Most career victories:
14 - Jack Brabham
12 - Alan Jones
9 - Mark Webber
7 - Daniel Ricciardo

Most season poles (min 3):
5 - Mark Webber (2010)
3 - JB (1960), AJ (1979, 1980), MW (2011)

Most season podiums (min 5):
10 - Mark Webber (2010, 2011)
9 - Daniel Ricciardo (2017)
8 - MW (2009, 2013), DR (2014, 2016)
6 - Jack Brabham (1967)
5 - Jack Brabham (1959, 1960, 1966)

Most season victories (min 3):
5 - Jack Brabham (1960)
4 - Jack Brabham (1966), Mark Webber (2010)
3 - Daniel Ricciardo (2014)
 
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All Australian F1 GP victories (as at May 28, 2018):
6 - British [JB(3), MW(2), AJ]
4 - Monaco [JB, MW(2), DR], Canadian [JB, AJ(2), DR], French [JB(3), AJ]
3 - German (JB, AJ, MW), Dutch [JB(2), AJ]
2 - Hungarian (MW, DR), Belgian (JB, DR), Brazilian (MW), Austrian (AJ)
1 - GER, MAL, AZE, CHN, ESP, POR, RSA, ARG, USA, USW, CPL
0 - ITA, JAP, AUS , MEX, SIN, ABU, ...
 
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Most singles match wins at a Grand Slam:
120 wins - Martina :greatbritain:
101 - Chris :unitedstates:
98 - Jimmy :unitedstates:
95 - Billie :greatbritain:
94 - Chris :greatbritain:, Roger (AU)
91 - Roger :greatbritain:
89 - Martina :unitedstates:, Serena :unitedstates:
87 - Venus :unitedstates:
86 - Serena :greatbritain:, Rafa :france:
84 - Jimmy :greatbritain:, Steffi :france:
82 - Roger :unitedstates:
81 - Serena (AU)
 
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So most scribes are tipping the Golden State Warriors to sweep the Cleveland Cavaliers 4-0. Lebron scored 51 today in an OT loss.

Most points in a 4-0 NBA Finals Series (players on losing teams in red):

2002 - 145 Shaquille O'Neal (Lakers)
1995 - 131 Hakeem Olajuwon (Rockets)
1975 - 118 Rick Barry (Warriors)
1995 - 112 Shaquille O'Neal (Magic)
1989 - 109 Joe Dumars (Pistons)
1971 - 108 Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (Bucks)
2002 - 107 Kobe Bryant (Lakers)
1983 - 103 Moses Malone (76ers)
1989 - 102 James Worthy (Lakers)
1995 - 102 Anfernee Hardaway (Magic)
 

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Longest streaks of soccer goalkeepers not conceding a goal in club football

[B]Minutes[/B]

[B]Goalkeeper[/B]

[B]Club[/B]

[B]span[/B]

1816

Matos Filho Mazaropi

Vasco da Gama (Brazil)

1977-78

1454

Al Khaldi

Al Qadisiya (Saudi Arabia)

2012

1390

Dany Verlinden

Club Brugge (Belgium)

1990

1352

Jose Maria Bulijubasich

Universidad de Catolica (Chile)

2005

1311

Edwin van der Sar

Manchester United (England)

2009

1287

Charles Shaw

Falkirk (Scotland)

1913-14

1275

Abel Resino

Atletico Madrid (Spain)

1990-91

1266

Gaeten Huard

Bordeux (France)

1992-93

1256

Fraser Forster

Celtic (Scotland)

2013-14

1242

Quagliano Zetti

Palmeiras (Brazil)

1987

1221

Marios Praxitelovs

Omonia Nicosia (Cyprus)

1981-82

1202

Stoyan Yordanov

CSKA Sofia (Bulgaria)

1970-71

1196

Chris Woods

Glasgow Rangers (Scotland)

1986-87

1191

Victor Baia

FC Porto (Portugal)

1991

1190

Ditmar Ivankov

PFC Levski Sofia (Bulgaria)

1999-2000

1155

Bobby Clark

Aberdeen (Scotland)

1970-71

1147

Manuel Neuer

Bayern Munich (Germany)

2011

 
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Teams at the FIFA World Cup that didn't lose a game but didn't win the World Cup:
2010 - New Zealand. 3D (3rd of 4), failed to progress to R16 by 1 point
1998 - Belgium. 3D (3rd of 4), failed to progress to R16 by 2 points
1982 - England. 3W / 2D (2nd of 3), failed to progress to SF by 1 point
1982 - Cameroon. 3D (3rd of 4), failed to progress to 2R by +1 on goal difference
1978 - Brazil. 1W 2D / 2W 1D (2nd of 3), failed to progress to F by +3 on goal difference
1974 - Scotland. 1W 2D (3rd of 4), failed to progress to 2R by +1 goal difference
 
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The USA leads the way with 51 for most Grand Slam men's titles. But after that it's a close affair.
51 - USA
25 - Sweden
24 - Spain
23 - Switzerland
20 - Australia

Sweden might drop from 4th to 2nd in the near future.
 
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I'm watching The Post (2018) with Meryl Streep and Tom Hanks and wondering how many times multiple Academy Award winners have acted together.
 
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I'm watching The Post (2018) with Meryl Streep and Tom Hanks and wondering how many times multiple Academy Award winners have acted together.

That sounds like an idea for a new thread.

Non sporting stats observations and questions.
 
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Thought I'd have a look at Cameron Smith's numbers

377 - NRL games
42 - State of Origin
56 - Internationals
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475

Not sure if his 4 games for the NRL All Stars should be counted.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_players_who_have_played_300_NRL_games

For comparison, the record for Australian Rules:
1st - 528 - Craig Bradley
2nd - 489 - Brent Harvey
3rd - 470 - Barry Round
4th - 448 - Peter Carey
5th - 466 - Michael Tuck
 
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Migration is 240,000 per year. While our population is booming, Japan's is expected to drop by 25% in the next 30 years. They have minimal migration and a very low birth rate. I heard a BBC podcast recently which stated that 40% of 18-34 year olds have never had sex!
 
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