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Lies, damned lies and favourite stats

Lies, damned lies and favourite stats

Science
There are lies, damned lies and statistics, the saying goes. Whatever the issue, whether it's Brexit, football or health tips, numbers can be plucked to suit each side of the argument.But while it's easy to lie with figures, it is even easier to lie without them. With statistics, once somebody puts a number in front of you, you can pick holes in it and really analyse whether it stands up or falls apart. To celebrate the power of numbers to shine a light on fake news and bogus claims, the Royal Statistical Society runs a competition for the best statistic of the year. They want people to send in the stat that captures the zeitgeist of 2018, or in some way reveals something surprising or powerful - a hitherto unseen truth.Entries need to be submitted by Nov...
Every Premier League club's star player from the weekend, according to WhoScored.com stats

Every Premier League club's star player from the weekend, according to WhoScored.com stats

Sports
Monday, April 16, 2018Manchester City were crowned Premier League champions for the 2017/18 season on Sunday.City have been far and away the best team in the top-flight this term and their title triumph was sealed with five games to spare thanks to Manchester United's shock defeat at home to West Brom.At the other end of the table, there were crucial wins for Crystal Palace and Huddersfield, while Southampton threw away a 2-0 lead to lose 3-2 at home to Chelsea, leaving Mark Hughes' side with a mountain to climb in their bid to beat relegation.But who were the best performers over the weekend?Click the right arrow, above, to see every club's best performing player from their weekend fixture, based on their WhoScored.com statistical rating...Players must have been on the pitch for 60 m...