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Isiolo Starlets, Chuka University book Chapa Dimba final berths

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Isiolo Starlets and Chuka University will face-off in the girls’ final of the Eastern region Chapa Dimba na Safaricom Youth tournament at Kenyatta Stadium in Machakos on Sunday.

The two teams will be fighting to be crowned the region’s new champions after last year’s winners St Mary’s Ndovea from Makueni were eliminated in the group stages.

In the semi-finals held Saturday, newcomers Isiolo humiliated Mabuu Queens 8-0 in a lop-sided encounter, to reach the final.

Guyatu Halakhe, Nasibo Ibrahim and Halima Tadicha all booked their names in the list of golden boots contestants with a brace each.

Nasibo Wario and Kula Dida were Isiolo’s other scorers.

Starlets coach Collins Otieno said the fans are yet to see the full potential of his charges, as Mabuu Queens were not their match.

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“They (Mabuu Queens) were too weak, allowed in easy goals making it so easy for us. If we get a stronger team, the crowd will be impressed with our display,” said Otieno.

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In the second girls’ semi-finals, Susan Wanjeri struck late to help Chuka University storm into the final with a 2-1 victory over season one champions Ngakaa Talent from Makueni.

Ngakaa Talent started brightly, taking the lead in the 36th minute through Samantha Adhiambo.

But Talent coach Boniface Makumi’s side failed to sustain the momentum in the second half, Wanjeri levelling the score in the 49th minute. She grabbed a brace and sealed Chuka’s victory five minutes to time.

“Endurance earned us victory because our opponents were good just like us. I think we have a good chance to win the title tomorrow now that we are done with the match that was our toughest,” said Chuka coach Sean Opwora.

Isiolo Starlets 8-0 Mabuu Queens

Chuka University 2-1 Ngakaa Talent

Isiolo Starlets v Chuka University – final

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Roads agency closes key Mombasa bypass over cracks

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By WACHIRA MWANGI

The Kenya National Highways Authority (KeNHA) has closed a section of the Mombasa Southern bypass for two days, as part of the new road infrastructure touching on Moi International Airport developed cracks.

In a statement, the Authority warned motorists of temporary closure of the Miritini- Mwache-Kipevu road for period of 48 hours to allow for necessary monitoring and further engineering interventions.

“A limited section of the cut slope along the said road and adjacent to the Moi International Airport fenceline has been observed to exhibit movement as a result of previous moisture ingress and unfavourable subsurface conditions,” read the statement from KeNHA Director General Peter Mundinia.

The temporal closure of the road started at 7pm on Sunday evening and motorists have been advised to use the Miritini-Kwa Jomvu-Mombasa road as an alternative route. 

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Most affected will be the access of the Mombasa Standard Gauge Railway (SGR) Miritini station given that the train services resume this morning. 

KeNHA, through its Assistant Director of Corporate Communications Charles Njogu, noted that the Moi Airport is also experiencing a similar phenomenon on slopes away from the road construction.

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“Seems like a geological phenomenon over a wide cross section. Our engineers have moved to site this evening. Traffic at the section port bound has been diverted to one lane over a section of 800 metres,” Mr Njogu said.

The cracks have been at the road section for over three weeks.

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Spurs leave it late to beat Arsenal, Bournemouth boost survival bid

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Tottenham defender Toby Alderweireld (R) scored the winner against Arsenal © POOL/AFP / Tim Goode

London, United Kingdom, Jul 12 – Toby Alderweireld gave Tottenham a late 2-1 win over Arsenal as Jose Mourinho’s men climbed above their north London rivals, while Bournemouth kept their survival hopes alive with a chaotic 4-1 victory against Leicester on Sunday.

Mourinho had endured a barrage of criticism as Tottenham slipped out of the race to qualify for the Champions League with just one win in three games.

But thanks to Alderweireld’s winner with nine minutes left, Tottenham took the local bragging rights and got back in contention for a place in next season’s Europa League.

Tottenham are eighth, two points above ninth placed Arsenal and two behind Sheffield United as they try to avoid missing out on European action for the first time since 2009-10.

“We are happy because we made the fans happy, we are happy because we are still in the fight to win a Europa League position,” Mourinho said.

“To be honest, Mikel (Arteta) found a way for them to play, to be stable and to improve. We felt that we should adapt slightly to them and we did it very well.”

In the first north London derby at the new Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, Alexandre Lacazette put Arsenal ahead in the 16th minute with a stunning long-range strike.

Arsenal’s lead lasted just three minutes as Sead Kolasinac’s sloppy pass was intercepted by Son Heung-min, who eluded David Luiz before chipping over Emiliano Martinez.

In the 82nd minute, Belgian defender Alderweireld rose above a cluster of Arsenal players to meet Son’s corner and plant his header past Martinez.

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Arsenal could miss out on Europe entirely and boss Arteta said: “We give them a goal again and we concede a set-piece and at this level, you cannot do it.”

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Junior Stanislas started Bournemouth’s fightback against Leicester © POOL/AFP / Glyn KIRK

At Dean Court, Leicester scored after 23 minutes as Jamie Vardy bagged his 23rd league goal of the season to extend his lead in the Golden Boot race.

But Bournemouth were handed a lifeline when Leicester imploded during two minutes of mayhem.

In the 66th minute, Leicester keeper Kasper Schmeichel booted a goal-kick into Wilfred Ndidi’s back, forcing his team-mate to trip Callum Wilson.

Junior Stanislas stepped up to score the resulting penalty and 101 seconds later Dominic Solanke’s weak shot trickled under Schmeichel’s woeful attempt to save.

Leicester defender Caglar Soyuncu sent off for kicking Wilson as he attempted to retrieve the ball from the net after Solanke’s goal.

Bournemouth’s luck was in and Stanislas’s strike went in off Leicester’s Jonny Evans for an 83rd minute own goal before Solanke’s composed finish made it four in the 87th minute.

Bournemouth’s first win in 10 games, a drought stretching back to February 1, moved them to within three points of 17th placed Watford, with three games left for all the teams in the relegation fight.

Cherries boss Eddie Howe said: “The situation was as bleak as it could be at half-time. But goals always change games.

“It was probably the first time in a long time where we’ve had some luck. We can still survive.”

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Fourth placed Leicester will drop to fifth if Manchester United beat Southampton on Monday, leaving their hopes of Champions League qualification in danger.

“I didn’t see that coming but we are not good enough to get too comfortable. We will finish where we deserve to,” Leicester manager Brendan Rodgers said.

Second bottom Aston Villa also boosted their survival bid with a vital 2-0 win against Crystal Palace.

Dean Smith’s side kicked off at Villa Park languishing seven points from safety, but Egypt winger Trezeguet scored twice to keep them in with a chance of staying up.

Palace striker Christian Benteke was sent off for violent conduct after the final whistle.

Villa’s first win in 11 league games left them four points behind Watford.

Wolves stayed in the Champions League hunt, climbing to sixth place after a 3-0 win against Everton.

Raul Jimenez’s penalty and Leander Dendoncker’s header out Wolves two up before Diogo Jota was gifted the third by keeper Jordan Pickford’s blunder.

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Covid-19: Why more men are infected with virus

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By VERAH OKEYO

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Men still dominate the numbers of those most affected by Covid-19 as Kenya crossed the 10,000 mark with 379 new cases reported yesterday.

In a statement sent to newsrooms, Health Cabinet Secretary Mutahi Kagwe said that men accounted for 253 cases, which is nearly seven in ten people. There are 10,105 cases out of 215,037 tests and majority have been men.

Nairobi (209), Kiambu (49), Busia (38), Migori (19) and Mombasa (16) still account for the largest number of new infections. These counties have a nearly 50-50 women population, which proves there are certain vulnerabilities that make men susceptible to the virus.

 According to studies, women generally have a more robust immune response which helps them fight diseases. This could be attributed to genetic factors or sex hormones like oestrogen and testosterone.

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Men and women have the Y and X chromosomes, and females have two copies of the X chromosome. One of the X chromosomes often has an inactive immunity gene but in some cases, it does not undergo inactivation. So women end up with double the immune genes as compared to men.

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A study that was published on May 10 European Heart Journal reported that men have higher concentrations of angiotensin-converting enzyme 2 (ACE2) in their blood than women.

In a previous interview, Prof Thumbi Ndung’u, a virologist based in South Africa, explained that ACE2 enables the coronavirus to infect healthy cells. It “receives the Sars-2-CoV first before the virus infects the other cells. This explains why men are more vulnerable than women.”

In a study published in 2017 in the Journal of Immunology and research conducted in mice, it was found that activating the oestrogen receptor in female mice provided them with protection against Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus Infections.

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