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Counting on six fingers

SAMBA BEATS

Aguas Claras: A family is counting on the fingers of a single hand its hopes for Brazil to win a sixth World Cup. All the members of the Silva family living in Aguas Claras, a town on the outskirts of the capital of Brasilia, were born with an extra digit on each hand as a result of a genetic condition known as polydactyly. Rather than recoil in the face of stares by curious onlookers, the 14 members of the family spanning four generations seem to embrace their physical difference with pride.

Toures bereaved

Rio de Janeiro: The Ivory Coast football federation says the younger brother of national team players Yaya and Kolo Toure has died. The Ivorian federation said Ibrahim Toure, who himself played professional football for a club in Lebanon, died Thursday. In a statement, the IFF did not give a cause of death but said the 28-year-old Ibrahim died in Manchester, where Yaya plays his club football for Manchester City in the Premier League. It said the Toure brothers learned of Ibrahim’s death soon after Ivory Coast’s 2-1 loss to Colombia at the World Cup in Brazil. Yaya captained the team against Colombia, while Liverpool defender Kolo was on the bench.

Vincent’s noble gesture

Brussels: Belgium captain Vincent Kompany has put a shirt he wore in his country’s opening match against Algeria up for sale in aid of charities he supports. Kompany put the shirt, which he wore in the first half of Tuesday’s match against Algeria, on an online auction site at one euro, but by Friday it had risen to $5,500.

The auction ends on Saturday. Kompany made clear on his Twitter feed that the shirt could be shipped anywhere in the world, but did not state whether it had been washed since he wore it in Belo Horizonte. . Kompany, whose father was a Congolese immigrant to Belgium, said the proceeds would go to BX Brussels, the small club in his hometown in which he has invested, and to SOS Children’s Villages, which promotes child care, education and health in developing countries.

14 arrested for violence

Sao Paulo: Brazilian police arrested 14 people accused of throwing fireworks at English fans outside a bar in Sao Paulo on Thursday, hours before England were to play Uruguay in the World Cup. A group of youths, many with their faces covered, threw several fireworks in the direction of the English fans, a police spokesman said. No one was injured in the incident, two other local police officials said.