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A daily glance inside the numbers from the world of sports.
A daily glance inside the numbers from the world of sports:
• Korea rallied from a 1-0 halftime deficit to defeat Togo 2-1. It was only the second victory in World Cup history by an Asian team that trailed earlier in the match. The first was Korea's 2-1 win over Italy in the round of 16 in 2002. Asian teams are now 2-48-10 after falling behind, although Korea is 2-2-2 in the last six matches in which it has trailed.
• Jung Hwan Ahn, a halftime substitute for Korea, scored the game-winning goal in the 74th minute. It was the second time that a player came off the bench to score the winning goal in a World Cup match for coach Dick Advocaat. The other was Gaston Taument for the Netherlands against Saudi Arabia in 1994.
The only other World Cup coach to insert subs for two game-winning goals was Valeri Nepomniachi, who coached Cameroon in 1990 when Roger Milla came off the bench to score a pair of game-winners.
• France played to a 0-0 draw with Switzerland and has now failed to score in all four of its matches since winning the championship on its home turf in 1998. Only one other champion played even two complete matches without scoring immediately after winning its title: Brazil won the title in 1970 but didn't score until the 12th minute of its third game in 1974 -- which was its first World Cup since 1954 without Pele.
• Prior to its current scoring drought, France hadn't played consecutive scoreless World Cup matches since 1930 (a pair of 1-0 losses to Argentina and Chile).
• Kaka scored in the 44th minute of Brazil's 1-0 win over Croatia. Brazil has now won 29 consecutive World Cup matches in which it led at halftime, by far the longest streak in tournament history. The second-longest streak is 19 by Argentina, and it is also a current streak. The last time Brazil failed to win a World Cup match in which it led at the half was June 28, 1950 -- a 2-2 draw with Switzerland. (The 1950 World Cup was the only one played in Brazil.)
• Croatia, Switzerland and France became the first trio of teams to fail to score in World Cup competition on the same day on their home continent since 1978. Brazil and Argentina played to a scoreless draw and Peru lost to Poland 1-0 in Argentina on June 18, 1978.
• The Yankees defeated the Indians 1-0 on Tuesday night. It was the first time in 42 years that the highest-scoring team in the majors (Yankees, 5.89 runs per game) defeated the second-highest (Indians, 5.79) by a 1-0 score. The last such game was also at Yankee Stadium -- a victory by the Twins over the Yankees on July 3, 1964. (There were only two others since 1900.)
• The Mets scored one run in the top of the first and added eight more later on to defeat the Phillies 9-7. The Mets have now won their last six games, having started each of them by scoring in the top of the first. That tied the National League record for consecutive wins, all on the road, scoring in the first inning in each game. The Cubs had six-game streaks of that type in 1913 and in 1944. The major-league record is seven, by one of the great teams in history, the 1939 Yankees.
• For his second consecutive start, Tom Glavine allowed a home run to the first batter he faced: Rafael Furcal on June 7 and Jimmy Rollins on Tuesday night. The only other pitcher in Mets history to allow first-inning leadoff homers in consecutive starts was Dave Roberts in May 1981. Both home runs were hit by Davey Lopes, and those were Roberts' last two starts in the majors.
• Chris Burke went 4-for-4 and scored five runs in the Astros' 9-2 win over the Cubs. Burke was the second player in the last three weeks to score five runs in a so-called "perfect game at the plate." On May 24, Carl Crawford became the first player to do so since 2004.
• The Twins defeated the Red Sox 5-2 in the 12th inning when Jason Kubel hit a true baseball rarity: A walk-off grand slam home run with his team trailing in extra innings. There have been only five others in the last 25 years, the most recent by Jason Giambi of the Yankees against the Twins in 2002.
• The Phillies hit five home runs in their loss to the Mets. It was the first time the Phils failed to win a game in which they homered five times since 1965, when they wasted six homers in a 14-13 loss to the Giants at Candlestick Park.
• Chris Carpenter struck out 13 batters in seven shutout innings and earned the victory in the Cardinals' 2-1 win over the Pirates. That equaled the most strikeouts by a Cardinals pitcher through the seventh inning since Steve Carlton fanned 16 Phillies batters -- including 14 through seven innings -- in 1970. Matt Morris also had 13 Ks through seven innings in a 2001 start against the Brewers.
• Roy Halladay pitched a six-hit complete game in the Blue Jays' 7-1 win over the Orioles. It was Halladay's 23rd complete game in 172 career starts. Twenty-three CGs used to be just another season for Bob Gibson or Ferguson Jenkins in the late '60s and early '70s. But in today's baseball world, 23 in 172 starts is about as good as it gets. Halladay's average of one complete game per 7.5 starts is the third-highest over the last 15 years, behind Scott Erickson (one CG per 7.0 starts) and Livan Hernandez (7.1). That's with a minimum of 150 starts.
• Adam Loewen of the Orioles made history of a sort when he tied an unfortunate major-league record in his loss to Halladay. Loewen has faced a past Cy Young Award winner in each of his three major-league starts: Randy Johnson in his debut and Halladay in the last two. Only two other pitchers have done so: Amaury Telemaco (Doug Drabek, Greg Maddux and Glavine in 1996) and Ed Wojna (Vida Blue twice and Fernando Valenzuela in 1985).
• The Mavericks led the Heat 89-76 with 6:30 remaining in the fourth quarter, but Miami rebounded for a 98-96 victory in Game 3 of the NBA Finals. The last team to win an NBA Finals game in which it trailed by 13 or more points during the fourth quarter was Michael Jordan's Bulls, against the Trail Blazers in Game 6 of the 1992 Finals. Portland led 79-64 to start the fourth quarter, but the Bulls won the game 97-93 and with it their second championship.
• World turned upside down? Dwyane Wade led the Heat in rebounds (13) on Tuesday night and Shaquille O'Neal led the team in assists (five). Actually, it was the 16th time that Shaq led his team outright in assists in a postseason game but the first since joining the Heat.
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