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Pipeline Retain National Crown, GSU Disarmed

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Kenya Pipeline retained the Kenya volleyball Federation women's national league title while Kenya Prisons dethroned General Service Unit (GSU) to the men's seat on the final day of the national playoff which ended Sunday at Makande Hall, Mombasa.

Pipeline twice came from behind to inflict another painful loss on Prisons with 3-2 (21-25,25-17, 21-25,25-23,15-9) triumph while Prisons reclaimed the title they lost to GSU last year after crushing Kenya Ports Authority by straight sets (25-22, 25-20, 25-19) in their last match.

Pipeline's win over their fiercest rivals saw Prisons set a record for the longest title drought to three consecutive years. Mombasa has never been an easy stage for Prisons who have only won this title once on this stage, in their debut season way back in 2008. The last time they won the title was in 2013.

Pipeline who twice lost to Prisons in the regular season got the better side of their opponents but they finished the season on a high, going unbeaten at the playoffs. 

Casualties

Prisons opened the match on a high but lost the gas along the journey. The match consumed two casualties, with both captains Loice Jepkosgei (Prisons) and Noel Murambi (Pipeline) being pulled out with a back and ankle injuries respectively.

The opening set was headed Pipeline's way but a 10 minute power outage at the competition venue gave David Lung'aho a chance to have a tete-a-tete with his squad. Trailing 4-10, Prisons turned the table after resumption when they caught up with the runaway leaders at 17 ups only to wrap the set 25-21.

Pipeline responded in the second set and despite another power blackout, they controlled the proceedings, leading from start to the end.

Prisons suffered the first injury setback after Jepkosgei collided with her libero forcing her to leave the court. She was replaced by Yvonne Wavinya who's presence did very little to stop the marauding Pipeline. The champions rounded the set 25-17 to level the scores 1-1.

Final set

The third set was evenly spread and despite Pipeline taking a three point lead (9-5), Prisons rallied back to open a one point gap into the second technical time out. After resumption, the wardresses further widened the gap to a three-point lead (19-16) and they never looked back, going all the way to extend their set advantage to 2-1 from the 25-21 win in the third set.

The game consumed the second casualty after Murambi twisted her ankle and was replaced by Naomi Too who helped her side to a 25-23 win to cancel Prisons' advantage and throw the game to the final fifth set.

Pipeline took an early lead in the decisive set to wrap the game 3-2 (21-25,25-17, 21-25,25-23,15-9). The winners each got Ksh300,000 as prize money.

Kenya Commercial Bank (KCB) finished third above Nairobi Water whom they beat 3-1 (20-25, 25-23, 25-22, 25-16) in the first match. 

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Hamilton Wins in Brazil, Keeps Title Hopes Alive

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Lewis Hamilton produced a masterful performance to win a wet, chaotic, crash-strewn Brazilian Grand Prix and take the title fight to the final race.

His ninth win of 2016 came in a race with several high-speed accidents, two stoppages and five safety cars.

The victory cut the lead of his Mercedes team-mate Nico Rosberg, who finished second, to 12 points.

Rosberg will secure the championship if he finishes third in Abu Dhabi on 27 November even if Hamilton wins.

As one of the most dramatic races for years unfolded, Hamilton was supreme at the front in treacherous conditions, lapping consistently faster than anyone.

After each restart, Hamilton cruised easily away from Rosberg - building at one stage an 18-second lead in 14 laps before another safety car cut his lead to nothing.

His victory is the 52nd of his career, making him the second most successful race winner of all time ahead of Alain Prost (51). Michael Schumacher is way ahead on 91.

Red Bull's Dutch driver Max Verstappen used incredible skill and gusto and fought up from 13th place to pass Force India's Sergio Perez to take third into the fast Mergulho corner with two laps to go.

It was without question the most outstanding drive of an already stellar career that started only last year.

And it also included an almost unbelievable moment when Verstappen had a half-spin on the straight but recovered the car and got going again without losing second place to Rosberg.

Perez held on for fourth, less than a second ahead of Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel, who survived a spin earlier in the race out of the last corner.

At the bottom of the top 10, Felipe Nasr scored a critical ninth place for Sauber. The result gives the Swiss team their first points of the season and moves them ahead of Manor into 10th in the championship.

If they hold on to that, it will be worth in the region of $16m in prize money to the team - BBC

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