Investment boost

first_imgNorfolk Southern revealed on January 23 that it will spend $792m on capital projects in 1997, an $84m increase on 1996. A week later Union Pacific announced that its 1997 capital spending would total $2·2bn, including more than $500m to implement the merger with SP.NS has allocated over $100m towards the automotive network it is developing for Ford. Of the remainder, $240m will go on track and bridge replacement, $144m toward loco refurbishment and purchase of six-axle, high-adhesion units; and $95m on rebuilding or purchase of wagons. The rest will go on upgrading bridges, dispatching and data transmission systems.The UP programme includes:last_img

Despite cold night from Ethan Happ, Wisconsin holds on late to defeat Illinois

first_imgThe Wisconsin Badgers men’s basketball team (13-6, 5-3 Big Ten) held on late to defeat the Illinois Fighting Illini (5-14, 1-7) in Champaign Wednesday night by a final score of 72–60. The Badgers staved off an Illini comeback to earn their second consecutive victory after beating No. 2 Michigan Saturday afternoon.In his post-game press conference on the Big Ten Network, Head Coach Greg Gard was happy to escape with a win after Illinois kept things interesting all night.Men’s basketball: Happ, Wisconsin stun No. 2 Michigan in front of sold-out Kohl CenterThe University of Wisconsin men’s basketball team (12-6, 4-3 Big Ten) upset No. 2 Michigan (17-1, 6-1) 64–54 at the Read…“They don’t call it an ugly win for no reason, but the bottom line is we got the victory,” Gard said.An “ugly win” is putting it lightly, as Wisconsin looked rough from the opening tip. Despite shooting 7-7 from the floor while holding Illinois to 6-14 shooting in the same stretch, the usually sure-handed Badgers had seven turnovers in the first nine minutes of the game. This allowed Illinois to keep it close, with the score sitting at 18–18 midway through the first half.Illinois maintained their defensive prowess throughout the first half, holding Wisconsin to 5-19 shooting and forcing three more turnovers, bringing the Badgers’ total to a season-high 10 first-half turnovers.Wisconsin got into foul trouble quickly in the second half with nine fouls in the first five minutes and 30 seconds, putting Illinois in the double bonus early. The Illini would pull within one at the 11 minute, 30 second mark in the second half with a score of 44–43. Despite the foul trouble and an additional six turnovers in the second half, the Badgers pulled away late to win 72–60.Men’s Basketball: Struggling Badgers look to clean things up before MarchThe University of Wisconsin men’s basketball team (12-6, 4-3), fresh off a dramatic upset of No. 2 Michigan, is getting Read…The star of the game was again Ethan Happ, but for all the wrong reasons. The senior finished with a season-low nine points Wednesday, ending his consecutive 10-point game streak at 42 games — one short of the University of Wisconsin record held by Alando Tucker.In lieu of Happ’s unusual production on the offensive end, sophomore Nate Reuvers finished with a career-high 22 points and added 10 rebounds. Junior Khalil Iverson also filled the box score with 12 points, seven rebounds, two blocks and two steals. For Illinois, freshman Giorgi Bezhanishvili finished with 20 points and eight rebounds.Up next for the Badgers, they’ll take on the Northwestern Wildcats at the Kohl Center Saturday at 1:15 p.m. Catch the game on the Big Ten Network or the Badger Radio Network.last_img read more

Heat’s Erik Spoelstra endorses Lakers’ Luke Walton: ‘He’s the perfect guy to coach that team’

first_imgMIAMI – As expectations ratcheted up once LeBron James signed with the Lakers in July, Luke Walton had at least one comforting thought entering the season:Someone has done it before.No one can appreciate the magnitude of Walton’s challenge better than Erik Spoelstra, who like Walton was starting his third year with the Heat when The Decision in 2010 changed the scope of his job dramatically.Spoelstra and Walton acknowledged they talked in the offseason, with Walton saying the conversation lasted several hours. While Walton preferred to keep most of the details private, but Spoelstra shared at least one thing he told Walton: He thinks he’s the right man for the job. Trail Blazers beat Grizzlies in play-in, earn first-round series with the Lakers Trail Blazers, Grizzlies advance to NBA play-in game; Suns, Spurs see playoff dreams dashed Walton’s situation is slightly different than Spoelstra’s but no less affected by drama: Word of an uncomfortable encounter with team president Magic Johnson reinforced the pressures Walton faces trying to whip a formerly rebuilding franchise into a playoff contender.Of course winning big in Miami on Sunday night continued to smooth things over for the Lakers, who improved to 7-2 in their last nine games. In his postgame press conference, Walton didn’t look like he was carrying much weight on his shoulders.“I try not to think that far into the future,” he said. “I’m pretty locked in on what we’re trying to do right now, but he’s, it’s nice having the best player in the world.”Rondo rejoins team in MiamiWhile he wasn’t wearing purple and gold, Rajon Rondo was on the Lakers bench, wearing a light gray suit and a blue wrap around his surgically repaired right hand, fresh off a Thursday procedure.But even unable to play for the next four-to-five weeks, Rondo was expressive. He mocked at smoothing the creases out in Luke Walton’s suit. He helped rebound and pass to Brandon Ingram during the halftime warmup. He gestured with his left about plays and movements while talking with the coaching staff.Oh yes, he talked a lot. And he did, but moreso with players than with coaches.“We made a rule tonight: He’s welcome in the coaches’ huddle but he’s not allowed to talk,” Walton quipped. “And he did pretty good with it. He had some suggestions, but it was really nice having him with the group. He just brings a great energy to our team, being on the bench with the way he talks to all his teammates.” Lakers practice early hoping to answer all questions How athletes protesting the national anthem has evolved over 17 years Lakers, Clippers schedules set for first round of NBA playoffs AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREUCLA alum Kenny Clark signs four-year contract extension with Packers“He’s the perfect guy to coach that team,” Spoelstra said. “He has purple and gold bleeding from him. He is a Laker. He did a tremendous job with Golden State when he had to take over for Steve [Kerr], and if you look at his whole professional career, all of [it] he has been involved with are teams like this with great expectations, with a lot of pressure and a lot of noise. He doesn’t know any different. I don’t think you can find a better fit than to coach that team.”Coaching James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh, Spoelstra can admit now: For much of that first season, he was trying to stay afloat.Like the Lakers, the 2010-11 Heat started 8-7, and outsiders were questioning if Spoelstra, who came up through the NBA coaching ranks after starting as a video coordinator, had the chops to lead one of the most ambitious super teams ever assembled. Even when the Heat got to the Finals, they were hammered for losing to the Dallas Mavericks.“I was just trying to not screw it up,” he said. “And I was in survival mode. I didn’t want to get in the way, and I found a way to get in the way.”But now in his 11th season, after leading that core to two championships, Spoelstra is as entrenched in Miami as any coach in the NBA.Related Articles Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more