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Published 12/06/2014 | 02:30

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Former Brazilian footballer Ronaldo holds the World Cup trophy during the opening ceremony of the FIFA Congress in Sao Paulo on June 10, 2014, two days before the opening match of the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil. AFP PHOTO FABRICE COFFRINI        (Photo credit should read FABRICE COFFRINI/AFP/Getty Images)
Former Brazilian footballer Ronaldo holds the World Cup trophy during the opening ceremony of the FIFA Congress in Sao Paulo on June 10, 2014, two days before the opening match of the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil. AFP PHOTO FABRICE COFFRINI (Photo credit should read FABRICE COFFRINI/AFP/Getty Images)

Brazil will win the World Cup, according to a study by a sport economist.

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Dr Nicolas Scelles, of the University of Stirling in Scotland, analysed more than 2,800 international matches in the past three years and considered 18 different variables – including gross domestic product and population difference – before coming to his conclusion.

He also found that Scotland could have reached the knock-out stages of the competition had they – and not Croatia – qualified for the tournament.

 

IN THE DOGHOUSE

The mayor of the wealthy southern California city of San Marino is under fire after police said he was caught on camera apparently leaving a bag of dog droppings in his neighbour's walkway.

Surveillance tape monitoring the exterior of the residence captured Mayor Dennis Kneier leaving what was said to be a bag of dog faeces on a private walkway leading to his neighbour's home on Saturday evening, San Marino Police said.

MATURE STUDENT

A 31-year-old woman who posed for several months as a teenage student at a private high school in east Texas has pleaded guilty to failure to properly identify herself.

Charity Johnson, also convicted of giving false information, was sentenced to 85 days in jail, according to online court records.

GOING DOWN A BOMB

The mother of an 11-year-old boy has been arrested after her son brought a grenade to school for a show and tell related to the World War II.

Lisa Miguel of Stratford, Connecticut, in the US, was charged with risk of injury to a minor, reckless endangerment and illegal possession of an explosive.

Stratford Academy was placed on lockdown. Students were sent to the back of the school until a bomb squad determined the grenade was a simulator used for training.

 

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