Sangakkara writes to BCCI about non-payment of IPL dues

first_imgSri Lankan captain Kumar Sangakkara has written to the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) about non-payment of dues from Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) – the franchise he represented in the first three editions of Indian Premier League.”Yes, Sangakkara has written to the BCCI about non-clearance of his dues. The matter came up for discussion during yesterday’s governing council meeting,” a senior official said on Thursday.It has been learnt that the player has expressed his apprehensions about playing for Kings XI Punjab in case they happen to pick him from the upcoming auctions until and unless his dues are cleared.Sangakkara was bought by KXIP during the first auction for USD 700,000. Incidentally, the management handed him the captaincy during the last edition removing Yuvraj Singh who led the team during the first two editions.However Kings XI Punjab had their worst among the three IPL seasons during last edition when they finished last.Not only Sangakkara, there are a few other players also who have played for either KXIP or Rajasthan Royals but are yet receive full payment.When IPL’s chief executive officer Sundar Raman was contacted on what will be their course of action, he didn’t divulge any information. “If there’s anything, we will inform you in due course of time,” was all he said.Repeated calls to KXIP COO Col Arvinder Singh went unanswered.- With PTI inputslast_img read more

Tom Brady Will Be Bad Eventually

The other graybeards had a rapid declineWarren Moon, Brett Favre and Peyton Manning had great seasons between the ages 39-41 after which their stats fell It’s Tom Brady’s 40th birthday, and the New England Patriots quarterback has without a doubt earned himself a heaping bowl of avocado ice cream. Brady has been one of the greatest quarterbacks ever and is playing at an age when few football players are still putting on pads, let alone producing at an elite level.Brady is coming off his second-best statistical season ever1Brady posted his second-best career single-season marks in passer rating, adjusted net yards per attempt and ESPN’s Total Quarterback Rating in 2016 (his best for all three came in 2007). and arguably his greatest on-field achievement. Brady finished the 2016 regular season among the top three in nearly every major quarterback rate stat: touchdown rate, interception rate, yards per attempt, passer rating, ESPN’s Total Quarterback Rating and adjusted net yards per attempt. He finished the playoffs with the biggest comeback in Super Bowl history.It may appear that Brady is football’s Benjamin Button — a QB magically getting younger as he gets older. But it’s Brady’s commitment to hard work that’s the most likely source of his longevity. The offseason has been filled with stories about Brady’s anti-aging regimen, with everyone from Sports Illustrated’s Greg Bishop to All-Pro teammate Rob Gronkowski trying Brady’s self-care regimen. Brady even has a forthcoming book on how to replicate his age-defying performance.But despite Brady’s unwavering intent to demolish both the AFC East and time, it’s reasonable to ask how much longer he can keep this up.Brady’s 2016 season didn’t just stand out from the rest of the NFL — it towered over his own recent campaigns. Compared with his other recent seasons, 2016 almost looks like an aberration:Before the start of the 2015 season, Brady seemed to be on the decline; his rate stats in 2013 and 2014 were the worst since he first achieved All-Pro status in 2007. “Worst” is relative: Over this stretch, he was good enough to earn four Pro Bowl nods, four division titles and a Super Bowl win.Brady’s numbers improved in 2015 and then skyrocketed in 2016 — but his overall 2015 numbers don’t tell the complete story. In that season, his production started off significantly better than the previous two seasons, but he wasn’t able to sustain it:The drop-off in his level of play over the last month of 2015 was unmistakable, and it carried into the playoffs. His two-interception, four-sack, 56.4-rated passing performance in the AFC championship game was one of the worst playoff outings of his career.2Brady’s 56.4 passer rating is the second-lowest he’s ever posted in 34 playoff appearances; his two interceptions and four sacks that day are both tied for fourth-most.Unlike in 2015, Brady may have looked sharp late in the 2016 postseason because he had fewer games on the odometer — and not by his choosing. His Deflategate-related suspension for the first four games of the 2016 season not only served as a rallying cry for the entire Patriots organization, but also spared his body and arm from a month of bumps, bruises and repetitions.This season, Brady will have no such early-season sabbatical. He’ll be facing players who were born while he was in college at the University of Michigan. Thriving at his age in the NFL is certainly rare — but it’s not unprecedented. Warren Moon, Brett Favre and Peyton Manning all had a dominant season at or near age 40. But all three experienced a sudden decline in performance, as if a switch had been flipped on their ability: YEARAGEANY/APASSER RATINGRECORDANY/APASSER RATING LAST HURRAH SEASONREST OF CAREER New England seems intent on helping Brady replicate his 2016 season. This offseason, the team traded for speedy wideout Brandin Cooks to bolster the Brady arsenal. Patriots owner Robert Kraft compared the impact of this spring’s trade for Cooks to the team’s acquistion of Randy Moss in 2007. That deal sparked the greatest statistical season of Brady’s career. Some experts are projecting the Patriots to go undefeated, as they did after Moss arrived.There are a lot of reasons to believe Brady will stay excellent, from his self-care regimen to the talent around him to perhaps the best head coach in NFL history. But Favre and Manning were both playing their best football immediately before playing their worst.Brady picking up at age 40 where he left off at age 39? That would be unprecedented. ANY/A is adjusted net yards per pass attempt; regular season onlySource: Peyton Manning2014397.68101.57-24.5267.9 Brett Favre2009407.61107.25-84.5769.9 Warren Moon1997415.8583.74-74.6974.7 read more

Army Awards 15M Contract for Ft Campbell Array

first_imgThe Army Corps of Engineers Engineering and Support Center, Huntsville last week reached agreement with Baltimore, Md.-based Bithenergy on a $15 million renewable energy service agreement (RESA) to build and operate a 3.1-megawatt solar array at Fort Campbell, Ky.The agreement marks the first small-scale contract awarded against the Huntsville Center’s renewable energy multiple-award task order contract (MATOC), reported the Army Corps of Engineers.The 27-year RESA, which covers the second phase of a 5-megawatt array being built at Fort Campbell, is being funded through third-party financing and an $800,000 grant provided by the Energy Department’s Federal Energy Management Program. Construction of the array is expected to be completed in October.The first phase, a 1.9-megawatt portion of the array, was completed in September 2015 and is being carried out through a 10-year utility energy services contract with Pennyrile Rural Electric Cooperative Corp. and a $3 million energy efficiency/renewable energy grant from the state of Kentucky.The RESA will allow the Army to purchase and consume the energy that is produced by the array. Bithenergy will finance, design, build, operate and own the production facilities, which will be located on 25 acres at the post that had been used as a landfill.This is the first time the Huntsville Center’s energy division is using two third-party financing contract vehicles together — the RESA and the utility energy services contract — for a renewable energy project, according to a fact sheet.“This project truly showcases how the Army can be innovative and effectively leverage the energy tool box to meet an installation’s renewable, security and resiliency needs,” said Paul Robinson, chief of the Huntsville Center’s energy division. Dan Cohen AUTHORlast_img read more