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Australia: The Perth train maintenance contract held by the EDI Rail Bombardier JV has been modified to include 22 additional three-car B Series EMUs to be delivered from 2016. The variation is worth A$40m over 5½ years, with an option for 7½ more years. Austria: ÖBB has awarded Siemens a €145m order to supply a further nine seven-car rakes of Railjet push-pull coaches by December 2016. These will have an ‘Ecojet’ energy-saving package of LED lighting and an air-conditioning system using CO2 sensors to adjust the output to the number of passengers; Siemens expects this could save €5m/year across the Railjet fleet. Bosnia: CZ Loko has supplied a 797.8 shunting loco to replace a failed steam locomotive and a DL-50 diesel at JP Elektroprivreda’s Breza mine. China: CNR Jinan is to supply China Railway Corp with SQ6 double-deck automotive wagons worth 390m yuan. Taiyuan Qintie Materials Co has ordered GMC96B rail grinding trains worth 120m yuan from CNR Beijing February 7. CNR Changchun has received a 808m yuan contract to supply monorail cars for Chongqing Line 3. CNR Tangshan has been awarded a 1·14bn yuan contact to deliver metro cars for Tianjin Line 5. Europe: Akiem has ordered 10 Bombardier Traxx DC locomotives for use on freight services in Italy and Poland from the end of 2015. France: SNCF has exercised a €162m option for an additional 22 eight-car Bombardier Francilien EMUs to be delivered by the end of 2016 for use on Paris suburban routes H and K, taking the total to 194. Germany: On July 31 Alpha Trains and Veolia Verkehr completed a €200m sale and lease back deal covering 35 Stadler Flirt EMUs deployed under the E-Netz Rosenheim contract. Debt financing was provided by Credit Agricole CIB and DVB Bank. Hungary: Budapest transport authority BKK has ordered 10 more Urbos trams from CAF, following on from an order earlier this year for 37 with options for 87. Poland: Pesa was the sole bidder for a contract to supply six trams to MPK Wrocaw with an option for 19, offering Twist trams for 50m złoty. Pomorskie voivodship has selected Newag to rebuild four EN57 EMUs for 30·4m zoty, retaining only the bodyshells and bogies. Wielkopolskie has awarded Newag a 8·5m złoty contract to modernise a single EN57. Bydgoszcz has ordered 12 Pesa Swing five-section metre-gauge trams for 109m złoty. They will be used on the 9·5 km Fordon line opening next year. Tramwaje Szczeciskie has awarded Modertrans a 4·3m złoty contract to supply a Moderus Beta tram in kit form, identical to cars for MPK Pozna. MPK Kraków has bought a further seven ex-Wien E6 trams and three C6 trailers from Utrecht for rebuilding, and Protram is to modernise an ex-Augsburg M8C car for Tramwaje Elblskie. Romania: CFR Cltori has begun talks with potential suppliers ahead of a planned call for tenders to supply 60 electro-diesel multiple-units for 160 km/h inter-regional services, with options for 60 more. Having obtained certification for a prototype, Reloc Craiova is repowering 16 LDH45 and LDH70 locos with 436 kW Cummins engines for GFR. Russia: Transmashholding’s Bryansk plant has completed testing of a TEM35 shunting loco with a Caterpillar engine and supercapacitors. Trials at a hump yard showed fuel savings of 20% to 30% compared to conventional locos, with lower emissions and the ability to haul 7000 rather than 6000 tonnes. Kirovsky Zavod is modernising a TEM2 loco for power company TGK-1, and two TEM2U locos for BazelCement. Transmashholding and Central Suburban Passenger Co have agreed to develop an outer-suburban EMU for the Moscow region and a 160 km/h double-deck EMU for inter-city routes. South Africa: Transnet has secured a R6bn guarantee from the USA’s Ex-Im Bank to support the financing of 293 locos being supplied by GE. Turkey: Hyundai Rotem has won a TL83·7bn contract to supply 38 low-floor trams to Izmir. UK: Hitachi Rail Europe has announced its ‘first formal order’ for ETCS onboard equipment, a contract from Network Rail to equip two West Coast Railways Class 37 locomotives. VTG Rail UK is to lease 48 Feldbinder Spezialfahrzeugwerke cement wagons to Hope Construction Materials, and 19 to Hanson Cement. Zambia: Zambia Railways Ltd has ordered 30 business, economy and standard class coaches from South Africa which are to be used to reintroduce a Livingstone – Chingola service.
Related Utah-Fresno St. boxscoreSALT LAKE CITY — Chris Kupets, who didn’t even play in two of Utah’s first five games, was a key player in the Utes’ 76-63 victory over Fresno State Tuesday night at the Huntsman Center.The JC transfer from Georgia scored 17 points and had a couple of steals for the Utes, who improved to 4-2 on the season.As far as coach Jim Boylen was concerned, Kupets’ biggest contribution came on one play seven minutes into the game with the Utes trailing the Bulldogs by two. Kupets, who had barely entered the game, went flying across the hardwood in front of the Ute bench after a loose ball for a steal that sparked the Utes.”Kupets gave us energy and the loose ball he dove after in the first seven minutes was a big play for us,” said Boylen. “I’ve been asking for the team to play with more grit and toughness and I thought we did that tonight.”Boylen felt Kupets’ hustle was an example to his fellow teammates, who played perhaps their best overall game of the season, following up on a disappointing loss to Oral Roberts three nights earlier.”I’m proud of this group and the way they responded from our last game,” said Boylen. “We got a lot from a lot of guys tonight.”After a slow start, the Utes got cranking during a 15-minute stretch over the final eight minutes of the first half and the first seven of the second. The lead got as high as 24 on three occasions before the Utes coasted to the 13-point win.As usual, Will Clyburn led the Utes in scoring (21 points) and rebounding (9), Kupets had 17 off the bench, Josh Watkins added 16 points and Jason Washburn finished with 10 points and eight rebounds.The Bulldogs, coached by former BYU coach Steve Cleveland, were led by Bennie Rhodes’ 15 points and Kevin Olekiabe with 13. Former Lone Peak standout Bracken Funk scored 11.The Utes got off to a slow start, but by halftime had taken a 33-22 lead over the cold-shooting Bulldogs, who managed just 28 percent shooting (7 of 25) in the first half. It was 16-16 with 8:53 left when Clyburn hit a 3-pointer from the right corner to spark an 11-2 run, during which the Bulldogs missed seven straight shots and turned the ball over six times.Utah came out fast in the second half, quickly increasing the lead to 20 at 44-24 and led 55-31 before the Bulldogs finally started hitting some shots to cut the margin to 11 with a little over a minute left. The Bulldogs shot 50 percent in the second half and out-shot the Utes for the game 38.8 percent to 37.3.The Utes head out for their second road game of the year when they take on Bradley in Peoria, Ill., Saturday night as part of the Mountain West Conference-Missouri Valley Conference Challenge. Their next home game is next Tuesday against Pepperdine.GAME NOTES: The Utes, who came into the game as the seventh-best free throw shooting team in the nation, made 22 of 26 from the foul line. The Bulldogs had more free throws (30), but only made 19. … Josh Watkins, who came in averaging 4.4 turnovers per game, didn’t have any turnovers Tuesday. … Chris Hines made the first start of his Ute career in place of Shawn Glover. … Jace Tavita, who started 19 games last year, didn’t play for the first time since his freshman season. Boylen explained that he has “shrunk the rotation” as the reason for Tavita not playing. … Utah won the rebounding battle 48-33. … David Foster had a season high six rebounds. … The Utes made just 4 of 18 3-pointers with Clyburn making all four on seven attempts. … The Bulldogs lost to BYU 83-56 in the opening game of the year.e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org Top 10 hoops players to watch
Midfielder Keisuke Honda came off the bench to salvage a 2-2 draw for Japan against Senegal, as both teams were locked at the top of Group H following an entertaining encounter at the Ekaterinburg Arena on Sunday.Veteran Honda, 32, who became the first Japanese player to score in three different World Cups, replaced Shinji Kagawa in the second half with his team down 2-1 and fired the equaliser in 12 minutes from time after a bad error by Senegal goalkeeper Khadim N’Diaye.Senegal thought they had won the match as Moussa Wague drilled the ball into the top of the net on 71 minutes to make it 2-1 after Sadio Mane’s fortuitous first-half opener was cancelled out by Takashi Inui’s curling shot. But Honda ensured things ended level and deservedly so.The result leaves both teams, who beat Colombia and Poland respectively in their opening matches, on four points from two games and within reach of a spot in the last 16.ROBUST DEFENDINGSenegal began the match strongly and their robust defending neutralised any early threat that the Japanese front line posed, allowing their own attackers to push up in numbers.The Africans went ahead in the 11th minute, although there was an element of luck to their goal.A poor headed clearance landed right at Youssouf Sabaly’s feet and although goalkeeper Eiji Kawashima managed to parry the defender’s stinging shot from the left, the ball rebounded into the net off Mane’s knee.Forward Ismaila Sarr, who troubled Japan from the start with his pace and power on the right wing, was unlucky not to double Senegal’s lead on 21 minutes as he volleyed into Kawashima’s hands from close range.Japan slowly regained composure and responded with a well-taken goal with their only shot on target in the opening period to level the score at 1-1.Yuto Nagatomo controlled a long pass with a deft first touch before rolling the ball into the path of Inui, who cut in from the left and fired a curling shot past a diving N’Diaye.Senegal appeared to step off the gas towards the end of the half, and the effects were still evident after the restart, as they resorted to long-range efforts that failed to test the Japanese goalkeeper.They nearly paid for allowing their opponents to run at them, as Yuya Osako narrowly failed to connect with a ball across the box on the hour mark before Inui’s powerful shot struck the bar with the goalkeeper beaten.Wague appeared to have ended hopes of a Japanese comeback as he drilled Sabaly’s low cross into the top of the net to send Senegal’s supporters into raptures.But the Asians were not done and hit back again through Honda, who tapped in into an empty net after goalkeeper N’Diaye stepped off his line and failed to punch the ball away.