Jack Leach inspired by Ben Stokes’ World Cup heroics before Ashes heist

first_imgJack Leach, who was involved in a 76-run partnership that saw England home in front of a raucous Leeds crowd, revealed that Ben Stokes’ knock-in ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup 2019 final had inspired him.Leach said that Stokes’ presence at the other end gave him hope for an improbable win in the Headingley game.Stokes played a memorable knock of 135 runs to help England clinch Leeds Test by one wicket and keep the series alive. Leach played a vital supporting role despite making a single run in the historic win at Headingley.England spinner regularly paused to wipe his glasses clean before taking the strike, earning a standing ovation from the Headingley fans every time he survived an over.”Obviously when I first went in, he was going to have a lot of the strike, being ready to run two, and I just broke it down into the balls that I had to face. It was a special feeling,” he told Sky Sports.”Stokesy – unbelievable, like nothing I’ve ever seen before. The crowd – insane. To be part of that at the end was an incredible feeling.”Leach hailed Ben Stokes as he revealed that watching England vice-captain’s Player-of-the-Match performance in the World Cup final inspired him ahead of his Headingley knock.”I was watching the World Cup final as a fan and that showed that anything is possible,” Leach said. “Ben Stokes was at the centre of that as well. Maybe Ben Stokes has to be at the centre of all things that are possible. He was just unbelievable.”advertisementAlso See:last_img read more

Karius: Maybe I’ll play for Liverpool again

first_imgLoris Karius still believes he could return to Liverpool someday as the goalkeeper says he is no longer concerned by the infamous Champions League final that came to define his Anfield career.The German goalkeeper remains on loan with Besiktas, having left Liverpool after a calamitous 3-1 final defeat to Real Madrid in 2018.In the wake of that defeat, which saw Karius make two mistakes leading directly to Real Madrid goals, it was revealed that the goalkeeper was suffering from a concussion that impacted his ability on the field. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? Are Chelsea this season’s Ajax? Super-subs Batshuayi & Pulisic show Blues can dare to dream Time for another transfer? Giroud’s Chelsea spell set to end like his Arsenal career Karius admitted that the injury had an effect on him while also stating that he is no longer concerned with what happened in Kiev on that night.Instead, he is looking ahead as he continues to rebuild his career with one eye fixed on a potential Anfield return.”Will I play for Liverpool again? Of course it’s an option and a good option to still be there,” he said. “Maybe I’ll play for them again, you never know. It’s still far ahead. If it’s not Liverpool, it will be another decent team, so I’m not worried about any scenario.”The Premier League is the best league so it is interesting of course. If you play in England you’re always a bit more in the spotlight, but I’m at a good club now so we will see what happens at the end of the season.”I don’t think about Kiev anymore, it’s so long ago, nearly two seasons now… There were so many circumstances. I had a bad injury and nobody was talking about it. People can say what they want, it doesn’t really concern me anymore.”After I was assessed, we realised [about the concussion] but while the game is going on, you have too much adrenaline to realise.”I am happy Liverpool won the Champions League the following year, and they have a good chance again this year, so let’s see where it takes them. I still speak to the goalkeeping coach and some of the players.”Karius still keeps tabs on Liverpool’s success, having watched his former side claim the Champions League final last season.This campaign, Liverpool are off to a perfect start in the Premier League and recently topped Red Bull Salzburg in their second Champions League match.They’ve done all of that without starting goalkeeper Alisson, Karius’ replacement, who was a vital figure in their triumph last season.In his stead, Adrian has stepped up, and Karius says he has liked what he’s seen from Liverpool so far.”Every goalkeeper would feel comfortable behind that defence but Adrian is doing a good job,'” Karius said. “He seems like a nice guy; I am happy he is getting game time.”The defence has improved brilliantly over the last season and a bit and they rarely concede goals anymore. It was solid even back then but now it’s on another level because the whole has team improved.”The longer people are together the better it works. They have been playing together quite a bit and with the potential they have it looks really promising.”I hope they can win the league. The season is so long but it’s always good to have a good start and get some points ahead so it looks good. I can’t see them losing a game.” Subscribe to Goal’s Liverpool Correspondent Neil Jones’ weekly email bringing you the best Liverpool FC writing from around the weblast_img read more

Lets toast Jim Beam strike ends with promise to expand

by Bruce Schreiner, The Associated Press Posted Oct 21, 2016 12:02 pm MDT Last Updated Oct 21, 2016 at 4:33 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Jim Beam ended a nearly weeklong strike at two bourbon distilleries in Kentucky on Friday, toasting a labour settlement that answers the workers’ key demand with a commitment to hire more full-time staff.Union members picketing since last Saturday approved the company’s latest contract offer on a 204-19 vote and will resume producing whiskey Monday, said United Food and Commercial Workers union official Tommy Ballard.“We can get back to being a family,” longtime Beam employee Bill Ball said.The walkout began after workers at Jim Beam distilleries at Clermont and Boston turned down an earlier offer from the world’s top bourbon producer. Their main complaint centred not on money, but time with their families.The union wants more full-time workers hired, rather than a greater reliance on temporary workers to keep up with booming demand. Even with part-timers helping out, many of the union workers said they have been putting in 60 to 80 hours a week producing the classic American whiskey, whose brand is owned by Suntory Holdings Ltd., a Japanese beverage company.“This outcome is good news for our people, our customers and fans of Jim Beam everywhere,” Beam Suntory executive David Hunter said after workers accepted the offer.The revised proposal followed rounds of negotiations and a management listening session that allowed workers to voice grievances.“We developed solutions that include less reliance on temporary workers, better management of overtime and a number of improvements to promote work-life balance,” said Hunter, chief supply chain officer for Beam Suntory.Janelle Mudd, president of the union local 111D, said they had hoped to avoid a strike, but she believes their concerns were heard.“The final proposal includes many of the key elements that we felt so strongly about, such as equal pay for equal work, a cap on temporary employees and the hiring of more full-time employees,” Mudd said in an email after the vote.Ball, in his 47th year as a Beam employee, said he typically logs 25 to 30 hours of overtime each week. Even with the new contract, he says those long hours won’t evaporate immediately.“We know that it’s not going to be reduced for a while,” he said. “First of all, they have to hire people, they have to train people.”But he added: “We feel like it’s going to be better.”The walkout soured what has been an era of smooth relations between management and labour in Kentucky’s whiskey industry, which is enjoying renewed popularity. Kentucky is home to about 95 per cent of the world’s bourbon production. Both the bourbon and whiskey industries are responding to worldwide sales growth. Let’s toast: Jim Beam strike ends with promise to expand read more