TWO new double-track sections on the Sevilla – Cádiz route were officially brought into service on July 27 in the presence of Spanish Development Minister Magdalena ?lvarez.In addition to track doubling, under a €700m project level crossings are being eliminated, with new alignments constructed in certain locations. The power supply and signalling are being upgraded to permit high speed operation in the future, with track laid on gauge-convertible sleepers.The 14·6 km Jerez de la Frontera – El Puerto de Santa María section now brought into service includes 4 km of new alignment, running in part on Spain’s longest rail viaduct, a 3 221·7 m structure across the floodplain of the River Guadelete. On the 8 km between Bah????a Sur and Cortadura, work continues on a new station at Bah?a Sur and on doubling a further 1·3 km.According to the Ministry of Development, 64·4 km of double track is now in service on the 152 km between Sevilla and Cádiz, with work in progress on a further 72 km. A joint venture of Gea 21 and Comsa has been awarded a €62·5m multi-disciplinary contract covering works on the 16 km Las Cabezas de San Juan – Lebrija section, including 5·9 km of new alignment.The frequency of peak suburban services between Cádiz and Bah?a Sur is to be doubled to every 15 min, offering a 62% increase in the number of seats provided each day. Seven new Civia EMUs were due to replace existing rolling stock from September, entering service at a rate of one per month.
“They all have to cope with that. If this works out, then they can get very, very far with Giannis as their power machine.”But it all has to work out internally and they will have to let him walk in front and let him be the leader with Calathes at his side.”Then they can be a very dangerous side, especially in defense. Offensively, they are not that strong, but in terms of defense, they can really hurt other teams.” Team USA still poses a threat at the FIBA World Cup even if Kemba Walker rather than LeBron James is its marquee player, says former Germany star Demond Greene.The United States, which has five titles to its name, has seen several world superstars such as James pull out of contention for the tournament that starts on Saturday in China. But Greene, who played at two World Cups, famously blocking Dwyane Wade in 2006, acknowledges players such as Walker and Khris Middleton could still have a huge impact on the finals.”It’s not their ‘A-team’. I would not even say it’s their ‘B-team’,” Greene told Omnisport. “It’s a mix between ‘B-‘ and ‘C-team’. Despite this, they are still dangerous.” Related News FIBA World Cup 2019: Team USA ready to learn from, play for ‘legend’ Gregg Popovich Greene added: “You must never underestimate them. [The players] are still playing in the NBA.”They’ve got players who average 20 points per game like Kemba Walker. They are All-Stars and leaders in their teams which proves that they are high quality players.”The problem is that we are spoiled from the previous years, when players like James Harden, Kevin Durant or LeBron James played.”Now you have players like Khris Middleton, who many won’t even know. You have to be a basketball expert to know Khris Middleton, maybe even Kemba Walker.”That’s the problem, that many look at who’s not in the team, rather than who is.”It’s really that time. @jaytatum0Putting the finishing touches on things ahead of #USABMNT vs Czech Republic on Sept. 1 [8:30 AM EDT/ESPN+]. #USAGotGame pic.twitter.com/PcAbKyNx1f— USA Basketball (@usabasketball) August 29, 2019Greece is another potential contender due to the presence of Middleton’s Bucks teammate and reigning NBA MVP Giannis Antetokounmpo.Greene believes the Greeks can be successful but says the team’s big European stars must get used to playing second fiddle to Antetokounmpo, who will dominate the narrative.”The important thing is that all players understand their role,” Greene said. “The years in which Giannis didn’t play, all the players had another role.”He is the top star on and off the court. When there are press conferences, there are going to be 50 cameras around him and the other players will get what is left. You have to handle this.”They have to understand that even if they play a totally different role in Europe and are top stars here, like Nick Calathes at Panathinaikos. He is a team leader there and also still for Greece. He may even be the heart of the team.
SALT LAKE CITY — As far as Jazz CEO Greg Miller and general manager Kevin O’Connor are concerned, the time was right to trade their best player, all-star point guard Deron Williams.Williams was traded Wednesday, the day before the NBA trade deadline, to New Jersey for guard Devin Harris, rookie forward Derrick Favors, a pair of draft choices and money.The trade came days after a report that Williams told associates he wanted to play for New York after his current contract was up and two weeks after Utah coach Jerry Sloan resigned, reportedly in part because of conflicts with Williams.”Nobody likes to lose a marquee player, but given all of the uncertainty about our ability to get a deal done with Deron Williams’ contract beyond the existing one, I felt the deal with the New Jersey Nets was by far our best option,” Miller said. “This trade will allow the Utah Jazz to preserve our assets and to control our destiny.”Miller pointed to Cleveland, Phoenix and Toronto as examples of teams that got little if anything when their star players, LeBron James, Amar’e Stoudemire and Chris Bosh, left via free agency.”What it boiled down for me was my gut sense of whether we’d be able to sign Deron,” Miller said. “While I never saw any indication that he wouldn’t sign with us, I never saw any indication that he would sign with us.”The Jazz were also influenced by what has transpired this year with Carmelo Anthony, who was traded to New York on Tuesday after rumors about his impending free agency all season while he played for Denver.O’Connor said there were “three time breaks” that the Jazz had to make a deal for Williams — this coming summer, next season, or now, before the trade deadline.”I think the issue is, were we willing to take that risk and go through what Denver went through this year,” he said. “We just felt we got an offer we pushed for and that we liked.”O’Connor bristled at the suggestion that the trade had anything to do with the apparent dust-up between Sloan and Williams the night of the Chicago game, the night before Sloan resigned.”We did not make this trade because of what happened two weeks ago,” O’Connor said. “Jerry did not leave because of one incident that happened two weeks ago. A lot of people are barking up the wrong tree as far as Jerry’s decision. He would not leave on that note.”O’Connor said although he has hundreds of conversations about possible trades, this trade came about rather quickly, after the Nets’ attempt to get Anthony fell through. He talked with Nets’ GM Billy King, whom he used to work with in Philadelphia, and they worked out a deal.”When that fell through, we both had the same idea and said ‘let’s at least explore it and see if there’s an option we can get to that might make some sense,’ ” O’Connor said.Miller said he called Williams with news Wednesday about 9 a.m. and said, “I wished him luck and he said, ‘all right, I appreciate it. The whole thing lasted maybe 30 seconds.”Miller also said he hopes Williams won’t be made the bad guy in the whole thing.”There’s no need to make him a villain out of this,” he said. “I would like to thank Deron for five and a half seasons with the Jazz. I’d like to wish him well for the balance of his NBA career. I consider Deron a friend, and I have no hard feelings toward him.”With Favors joining Paul Millsap, Andrei Kirilenko on the frontline along with centers Al Jefferson, Kyrklo Fesenko and Francisco Elson, O’Connor was asked if the Jazz were finished with any trade moves before the deadline.He hesitated for a few seconds before saying, “Um, I would say I wouldn’t be doing my job if I said this was the end of the moves. I think the direction we have is to remain competitive and for some of the younger kids to grow and improve within the system. If we can improve our team we will.”O’Connor was excited to have the 19-year-old Favors, who was a No. 3 draft choice last year and called Harris “a good player who gave us fits when he played for Dallas.””We’re excited about these guys we’re picking up and feel they have the opportunity to make us great as well as the draft picks we have in 11 and 12,” O’Connor said. “I’m very excited about the future of the franchise and I think we’re going to be competitive for the next several years until we see how this trade pans out.”He said he wasn’t allowed to talk about the draft picks and whether they are “protected,” meaning the Jazz can’t take them if they are too high. However he did say, “I think I can say that probably with the Nets pick, we’re pretty sure we’ll get it this year.”e-mail: [email protected] Era of superstars in Utah is over Fan reaction to Deron Williams trade Jazz player transfer Media react to Deron Williams trade D-Will KSL/DN survey results Corbin: PG spot up for grabs Related NBA trades since All-Star break Jazz players ‘shocked’ by trade NBA, team reactions to D-Will Favors, Harris bring glossy resumes He’s not ‘Melo, but Nets land a star