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UK: A dedicated engineering training faculty for students aged 16 and over is to be opened by 2017 to support construction of the planned High Speed 2 network.According to the Department for Transport, the HS2 skills college will require a ‘multi-million pound investment’ to train ‘a generation of world-class engineers’. More than 2 000 apprentices are expected to be taken on during the construction of HS2. Work on the first phase of the route between London and the West Midlands is expected to begin by 2016, subject to parliamentary approval.
Auburn coach Bruce Pearl on the sidelines during the game with the Texas Tech Red Raiders at United Supermarkets Arena.AUBURN — Auburn will host Oklahoma State on Jan. 30, 2016 as part of the Big XII/SEC Challenge.The Tigers hold a 2-1 edge in the all-time series, with the Cowboys winning the last meeting as part of the 2006 South Padre Island.Auburn lost both previous appearances in the Big XII/SEC Challenge, falling at Iowa State in 2013-14 and Texas Tech last season.Auburn coach Bruce Pearl is 2-1 all-time in SEC challenge events and 1-2 all-time against Oklahoma State.This year’s event will feature all 10 games on Jan. 30 thanks to a bye in the SEC league schedule for the 10 participants from each conference. The four SEC teams not taking part will play each other in conference games the same day.“The ability to showcase SEC basketball in this kind of inter-conference competition makes this a unique and exciting event for our coaches, student-athletes and fans,” SEC Commissioner Mike Slive said in a statement. Eight of the 10 games will be televised on ESPN or ESPN2 and two games will air on ESPNU, with times and network assignments to be announced later. The full slate of games is as follows: Oklahoma State at Auburn Texas Tech at ArkansasWest Virginia at FloridaGeorgia at BaylorKentucky at KansasOklahoma at LSUOle Miss at Kansas StateTennessee at TCUIowa State at Texas A&MVanderbilt at TexasGo Mobile, Montgomery! Download our apps here
By Stephen WoodSunderland beat Manchester United 2-1 in a penalty shootout on Wednesday to book a place in the English League Cup final after United won a dramatic semi-final second leg 2-1 in extra time.Brazilian Rafael missed the decisive spot kick after two goals from Phil Bardsley and Javier Hernandez – and a David de Gea howler – in the dying moments of extra time had made the score 3-3 on aggregate following Sunderland’s 2-1 victory in the first leg.United’s Danny Welbeck, Adnan Januzaj and Phil Jones also missed penalties in a remarkable shootout as Sunderland set up a final at Wembley against Manchester City on March 2.De Gea had earlier put Sunderland within touching distance of the final when he failed to stop a routine shot from Bardsley in the 119th minute and could only watch the ball squirm into the corner of the net.United hit back in the final minute of extra time, Hernandez sweeping home off the underside of the bar from Januzaj’s low cross to force the penalty shootout.Jonny Evans had given United a first-half lead with a header that looked like it would be enough to send the champions through on away goals until Bardsley popped up and De Gea endured another nightmare.