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  • Half-time: Birmingham City 1 QPR 1

    first_imgPaul Robinson headed Birmingham level at St Andrews after Matt Phillips had put QPR ahead.Phillips rifled in a left-footed shot on 17 minutes but the home side hit back seven minutes later – and the defensive shortcomings which have plagued Rangers this season were evident yet again.Demarai Gray sent a free-kick into the box and veteran defender Robinson was able to head past keeper Rob Green.And Gray almost put the Blues ahead when he fired narrowly wide after being set up by Stephen Gleeson a couple of minutes before the break.Sandro is making his first start of the season, partnering Karl Henry in midfield. James Perch was also recalled to the Rangers starting line-up.QPR: Green; Perch, Onuoha, Hall, Konchesky; Henry, Sandro, Phillips, Fer, Chery; Emmanuel-Thomas.Subs: Smithies, Angella, Luongo, Doughty, Tozser, Faurlin, Polter.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

  • FIFA World Cup 2014: Six-fingered family roots for Brazil’s 6th World Cup

    first_imgA family is counting on the fingers of a single hand its hopes for Brazil to win a sixth World Cup championship.Members of the Silva family, back row, from left, Silvia Santos, Joao de Assis, Pedro de Assis, Ana Carolina Santos and Silvana Santos, front row, Bernardo de Assis, left, and Maria Morena Santos, pose for a photo in their home to show that they each have six fingers on each of their hands, in Brasilia, Brazil, Thursday, June 19, 2014.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.And that pride never shines more brightly than during the World Cup as they relish the attention of Brazilian media, which have trained cameras on the family as much of the South America nation crosses its fingers hoping the national team will add to its record five World Cup titles.”Since the last World Cup we wanted Brazil to become hexacampeao,” said Ana Carolina Santos da Silva, using the Portuguese term for “six-time champion” that would be the envy of the soccer world. “But it didn’t happen, so this year we really want Brazil to achieve the sixth.”Silvia Santos, facing camera, embraces her daughter Ana Carolina at their home in Brasilia, Brazil.Far from a hindrance, having an extra finger seems to help the Silva family perform domestic chores and pursue musical talents.advertisementFourteen-year-old Joao de Assis da Silva shows off his dexterity moving up and down his guitar’s fret board.His 8-year-old cousin, Maria Morena da Silva, has dreams of making music too. “I have never played the piano, but I want to learn, and it might be easier playing with six fingers,” she says.last_img read more