The making of a jockey

first_imgSOMIS Amelia Williams grew up loving horses. Then she found a boyfriend who loves horse racing. So, about a year ago, the 27-year-old from New Mexico decided she wanted to become a jockey. Noting that racing Hall of Fame jockey Julie Krone was one of the most successful of all time, male or female, Williams figured it was a sport in which women could compete against men on an equal basis. “I don’t really look at sex as an obstacle,” she said. “A 100-pound woman can be as strong as a man. There is no advantage. It’s all a matter of how much you want to try.” Five months ago, Williams enrolled in the Frank Garza Jockey School, situated on 10 acres with a half-mile race track in Ventura County’s rural hill country near Camarillo. “It’s thrilling,” she said. “I’m flabbergasted people will pay you to enjoy yourself like this.” The school is owned by Garza, 59, of Newbury Park, who grew up riding horses and learned to race from his brother and uncle. In 1968, he weighed only 105 pounds when his horse, Spaceman II, won a $100,000 purse at Hollywood Park. Since then, he said, purses have gone up about 10 times, allowing winning jockeys who get a cut to make a good living. Garza continued to race through the 1970s but decided to retire in 1980 to spend more time with his family. Around 1990, he started his jockey school in Newbury Park and eventually moved to the current site he leases at a ranch on Donlan Road. One of his most famous students was J.C. Gonzalez, who won 181 races with purses totaling $4.1 million before he was killed when his horse, Wolfhunt, collapsed in a race at Fairplex Park in Pomona in 1999. Garza said it can take three months to two years before one of his students is ready to race, but most take about six or seven months of training. The first 30 days of the program they are on probation until Garza determines whether they have what it takes. Eventually he tries to help them get jobs exercising horses at Hollywood Park or Santa Anita, which can lead to jockey positions. The people who exercise the horses can wind up making more than the least successful jockeys – but the most successful jockeys can make millions. Since the days when he was racing in the 1960s, the number of female jockeys has changed dramatically, Garza said. “Back in the ’60s, you wouldn’t see a woman on the backside,” he said. “Now they are everywhere you look. It’s growing every day. They are getting into it, big-time.” Williams hopes to be one of them. Her goal is to graduate next month and start exercising horses at Santa Anita, eventually moving into a jockey position. But as much as she loves it, she says it can be tough. “Your legs get tired, your arms get tired. I fell in December and dislocated my hip and sprained my back, but I’m back riding. I work out at the gym every day,” she said. “You’ve got to want it, or it’s not going to happen.” Garza has been riding horses since he was 10 and started racing professionally at 19. He said he has broken his legs and his arms riding, but still feels good at nearly 60 years of age. “The horses can bump into each other, go down or jump over the rail,” he said. “But if you like it, you’re not scared. You can’t be afraid.” Another one of his students is Mike Acosta, 30, of Las Vegas, who is training to be an exercise rider rather than a jockey. “I grew up kind of poor and I’d never really been on a horse,” he said. “But I got interested in racing from my mom and grandmother, who liked going to the racetrack. I grew up with this dream of riding horses, like some kids grow up dreaming of (playing) baseball.” Another of Garza’s students is Laurie Kole, 50, who brought her 2-year-old thoroughbred, Needle Colony, to Garza for training. Needle Colony’s great-grandfather on his mother’s side was a famous horse named Needles that won the Kentucky Derby in 1956, and his grandfather on his father’s side was Pleasant Colony, which won the Derby in 1981. “Hopefully we’ll go to (Hollywood Park) in June and his first race will be in July,” she said of her 2-year-old stallion. If her dreams come true, Needle Colony might even run in the Derby some day. (805) 583-7602 Information The jockey and exercise rider training programs offered at the Frank Garza Jockey School include everything from grooming and tacking to techniques of working with young horses, galloping horses in company, breaking from the starting gate and riding styles and tactics. The fees for learning to be a jockey or exercise rider are about $1,200 a month, with higher fees for housing arrangements for students from other areas. Details about rates and exact curricula are available at 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Salah declared fit for Egypt clash against Russia

first_img0Shares0000Russia’s coach Stanislav Cherchesov says he knows how to stop Mohamed Salah © AFP / Giuseppe CACACESAINT PETERSBURG, Russian Federation, Jun 18 – Mohamed Salah has been declared fit ahead of Egypt’s crunch game against Russia on Tuesday and coach Hector Cuper is optimistic his star striker will play.But Russia boss Stanislav Cherchesov believes the World Cup hosts have figured out a way to rein Salah in when the two sides meet in Saint Petersburg. Salah has scored 44 goals in a sensational first season for Liverpool and is keen to make his debut after missing the Pharaohs’ 1-0 opening game loss to Uruguay with a shoulder injury.“Salah is fit,” Cuper said on Monday. “We always carry out a last physical test before naming the line-up.“Today we will have a test for him to see how he is. I hope he will be fit to play, I’m sure he will be able to play. He is a central piece in our team.”Cherchesov, however, says Russia have a plan to thwart Salah, even if he is available.“The level he will be playing at only he and his coach knows but we have a mission and we will accomplish the mission,” Cherchesov said.“I trust in my team, I believe in my players and I will give you a simple answer: we are ready to do this and we will do this.”The bold promise highlights a new swagger that had been missing from the host nation’s team for much of the past year.Russia’s convincing win over the Saudis was preceded by a seven-match winless streak and a spate of injuries that wiped out almost the entire defensive line.But the men in red are now on the cusp of making their first knockout stage of a World Cup in post-Soviet history.The achievement would be a huge relief for both players and Russians who worried about being humiliated on the world’s biggest sporting stage.Standing in their way could be Salah, but his availability has been a headache for Egypt ever since he injured his shoulder during a tussle with Real Madrid’s Sergio Ramos during the Champions League final last month.Ramos was accused of deliberately hurting Salah and it has been suggested opponents could target him again, particularly if his shoulder is not fully healed.“I saw only that Ramos was holding the cup,” Cherchesov said. “He did not do this on purpose, this is a contact sport, and as I understand it nobody injures people from other teams on purpose.“Salah will get better and bring happiness to fans of Egypt. Players like him only make tournaments better.”Russia’s veteran goalkeeper Igor Akinfeev said he would rather focus on winning than any particular opposing player.“Would I prefer to see Salah play or not? I do not even know how to respond,” said Akinfeev. “I would prefer to see my team win.”Meanwhile, Russia’s early success has seen the number of Russians who say they will follow football rise from 52 percent to 64 percent, according to one poll.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Man United enter £100m Pogba talks, Klopp to ditch EIGHT Liverpool stars? GOSSIP

first_imgHere are the top transfer-related stories in Friday’s newspapers and online…The agent of Paul Pogba, Mino Raiola, will hold talks with Juventus after Euro 2016 to see if he can broker a deal for the player to leave the club and join either Manchester United or Real Madrid. José Mourinho hopes United will meet the player’s demands of €15.6m a year in an attempt to move ahead of Real in the chase for the player. (Guardian)United chief executive Ed Woodward has already begun negotiations that could see Pogba return to Old Trafford in a world record deal worth £100m. Juventus want to keep hold of the 23-year-old, but would find it hard to resist such a deal, which would see Pogba earning up to £300,000 a week at the club he left in 2012. (SkySports)Arsenal have held talks over a move for Alexandre Lacazette at Lyon but are reluctant to pay the French club’s asking price. Lyon want at least £42million for Lacazette and do not need to sell after defender Samuel Umtiti joined Barcelona for £21m. (Daily Mail)Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp is planning to ship out at least eight more players this summer. Christian Benteke, Jordon Ibe, Martin Skrtel, Mario Balotelli and Joe Allen are set to be among the departures. (Daily Mirror)Leicester City are to finalise the £18million signing of Ahmed Musa from CSKA Moscow after he arrived for a medical. The deal for the 23-year-old Nigeria international will be announced at the weekend and he hopes to join up with his new team-mates for their training camp in Austria next week. (Daily Mail)Middlesbrough have flown in Borussia Dortmund’s Serbian centre half Neven Subotic for talks. Boro boss Aitor Karanka hopes to win the race for the defender, who will quit the Bundesliga this summer after deciding he wants to try England. Dortmund want a sale rather than a loan but Boro hope to find a deal that works and could sign him for a season with a view to a full time move. (The Sun)Everton have opened talks with Utrecht over their striker Sebastien Haller. The France U21 international was the subject of failed bids from Norwich City and Swansea in January and has been monitored by Ajax, Tottenham, Sunderland, Aston Villa and Crystal Palace over the past season. (Daily Mail)Radja Nainggolan has confirmed he will stay at Roma this summer despite a strong pursuit from Chelsea. (Daily Express)West Ham striker Diafra Sakho has handed in a transfer request. The 26-year old was the subject of an £11million bid from Sunderland last month but manager Sam Allardyce is considering switching attention to Lorient forward Benjamin Moukandjo. (Daily Mail)Davide Santon is set to join Sunderland from Internazionale with a medical apparently the only obstacle between the Italy full-back and a £4m return to the north-east, where he played for Newcastle United. (Guardian)Leeds midfielder Lewis Cook will have a medical at Bournemouth on Friday before sealing a £6m move to the Premier League side. (Daily Telegraph)And here are the latest headlines…?Liverpool: Jurgen Klopp plotting raid on former club Borussia Dortmund for Jakub BlaszczykowskiManchester United: Paris Saint-Germain considering move for Bastian SchweinsteigerN’Golo Kante and Moussa Sissoko on Juventus’ radar as Italian champions target new midfielderChelsea BLOW! Lyon beat Blues in race to sign highly-rated Argentine defender Emanuel MammanaCrystal Palace move to beat Tottenham to signing of Serie A playmaker Franco VazquezEverton and Galatasaray among clubs interested in signing Wales striker Hal Robson-Kanulast_img read more


first_imgA well-known Donegal doorman may go completely blind after being attacked with a glass in the face during an unprovoked attack.Ian Balfour who admits attacking doorman Sean Gallagher at the Central Bar. PIc copyright of Northwest News Pix.Sean Gallagher has worked as a doorman at the Central Bar in Letterkenny for the past 16 years. However a court was told that his life changed forever when he was attacked on February 23rd, 2013.The father-of-four had allowed a man into the bar to get a drink of water but told him he would not be served any alcohol as he had already had too much to drink.When he told the man he must then leave the bar, the man turned around and smashed the pint glass into Mr Gallagher’s face.He was struck with such force that blood from the doorman’s face was sent flying over other customers in the pub.Mr Gallagher was rushed to hospital and has had treatment in three different hospitals but has lost the sight in his right eyeThe man who has pleaded guilty to attacking Mr Gallagher appeared at Letterkenny Circuit Court yesterday.Ian Balfour, a father of four and farmer from Ballinaleck outside Enniskillen, was on a stag party with friends when the attack happened.The 38 year old admitted that he had a lot to drink and had got separated from his friends.He claimed to Gardai that he had been gripped in a headlock by Mr Gallagher and that he struck out while the glass was still in his hand.However this account was completely dismissed by other witnesses interviewed by Gardai.Balfour later conceded that he accepted Mr Gallagher’s claims of how the attack happened.He told the court that he could not explain how sorry he was to Mr Gallagher for what had happened on the night and if he could turn back the clock he would.He looked towards Mr Gallagher who was seated in the public gallery and said he was humbly apologizing to him.“From the bottom of my heart I apologise for the injuries I caused you. I came to Letterkenny to have a good time and I don’t know how these events happened.“I honestly and humbly apologise to you. If I could undo what happened, I would.”Reverend Nigel Elliott told the court that he was Mr Balfour’s pastor and he had known him for almost two years.He said that from speaking with him he knew he was genuinely remorseful for the hurt he had caused Mr Gallagher.“If he could turn back the clock he would,” said Rev Elliott.The injured man, Mr Gallagher, took to the stand and outlined how his injuries had changed his life and the lives of his family forever.He said that as well as being a doorman, he was also a small farmer.“I worked at the Central Bar for the past sixteen years. It is my main source of my family income. I am unable to return to work. I always enjoyed doing the job. I met a lot of friends and a lot of people through it. I am no longer able to do this.“My work on my family farm is very difficult and I find a lot of tasks very hard to do. I now need help with tasks I would have done on my own. I find it dangerous around cows when they are calving and around machinery.”He said his insurance premiums have also gone up substantially and he is also conscious that doctors have warned him he may go blind in his other eye.“This is a worry to me and my family as I don’t know what the future holds.“Sometimes I wonder if I will ever see my children grow up and I must carry this with me for the rest of my days,” he said.The court was told that Balfour had €5,000 which he had gathered from family and friends as a gesture to Mr Gallagher.Judge Matthew Deery asked if there was also any legal action being taken in the civil courts.He was told there was.However he queried if Mr Gallagher had much hope for future proceedings if Balfour could only offer €5,000 at present.He added that if Mr Gllaghaer’s life was in seriously difficulty then he needed help now.Barrister for Balfour, Peter Nolan, said he would speak to his client and address the court today.Judge Deery said he will listen to what Balfour has to say and then decide on his judgement.WELL-KNOWN DOORMAN TOLD HE MAY GO BLIND AFTER BEING GLASSED IN THE FACE was last modified: July 17th, 2014 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:BlindCentral BardonegaldormanEnniskillenglassedIAN BALFOURletterkennysean gallagherlast_img read more


first_imgTHE sister of soccer star Gary Speed has paid tribute to him.Speed, 42, a close friend of Ireland keeper and Donegal man Shay Given, took his own life at the weekend.The Lifford man is said to be still in shock over the death. Mr Speed’s sister Lesley Haylock described the Wales manager, found hanged in the garage of his home on Sunday, as her “inspiration”.She wrote on Twitter: “I have lost my brother, my friend, my inspiration.“I hope you are at peace now Gary. I miss you so much.”Lesley added in another post: “Still trying to come to terms with it all.” Last night Leeds United fans paid tribute to the star before their game with Notts Forest.SISTER OF SHAY’S DEAD PAL GARY PAYS TRIBUTE TO HER ‘INSPIRATION’ was last modified: November 30th, 2011 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:donegalGary SpeedShay Givenlast_img read more


first_imgWell-known Letterkenny athlete Kevin Holian won today’s Sligo to Letterkenny cycle race.A large number of more than 200 cyclists turned up for the event which is now in its 22nd year. Among those at the starting line once more was Jim Barker from Rathmullan who has competed in every race.Organiser Paddy Delap said he was delighted by the turn-out for the annual event which has now raised more than €500,000 for cancer research.HOLIAN WINS SLIGO TO LETTERKENNY CYCLE RACE was last modified: July 14th, 2013 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more


first_imgDDTV: FROM a taster class at the gym to winning first place in a national competition, Sinead Doherty has ripped into the weightlifting world with a vengeance.The 23-year-old Letterkenny woman travelled to Cork Institute of Technology at the weekend to take part in the Irish Drug Free Powerlifting Association competition, one of the biggest powerlifting events to be held in Ireland. The former NUI Galway Arts student managed to deadlift 140kg to win her category and lift her first weightlifting trophy.Speaking back at training at FitHub Letterkenny this morning, Sinead said: “I was nervous but I just went for it. One girl lifted 110 and then another lifted 125 so I knew I was just going to go for it.”Amazingly, Sinead’s lift was also a new ‘record’ but at she has only been registered for two months instead of the obligatory three, it could not be recognised.For someone who only started training just more than a year ago, her friends at FitHub gym are over the moon with Sinead’s win. Owner and head coach at Fithub,Neil Barrett, said it was a fantastic achievement.“It’s her moment and we are very proud of her.”Sinead said she has seen an increase in the number of women of all ages who are starting to lift heavy.“You would be amazed at the weights that some young girls can lift. It’s amazing to watch them.“It was my sister who dragged me to my first CrossFit class. It was a taster class and I didn’t know what to expect. I wasn’t really into anything at the time. I had done some rugby but I wouldn’t have said that I was fit.“But I soon got addicted to it and I looked forward to traveling up from college on Saturdays to train. I never wanted to be skinny. I wanted to be fit. When I started lifting Neil said that I was a natural so it went from there.” Sinead trains three times a week and follows a Paleo diet.“You can make anything Paleo; bread, chocolate anything. I eat dairy as well. It was hard to adjust to some of the tastes at first but then you just get used to it.”Sinead’s next goal is the IDFPA event in Belfast in July.She said: “I’ll just keep training and hopefully after Belfast I’ll be looking forward to the European competition.” DDTV: DONEGAL GIRL POWER LIFTS TO A FIRST WIN IN NATIONAL COMPETITION was last modified: February 23rd, 2015 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:FitHubletterkennypowerliftingSinead Dohertylast_img read more

Cranes juggernaut out to confront Zimbabwe

first_img Tags: AFCON 2019Denis OnyangoGroup ASebastien DesabretopUganda Craneszimbabwe The Cranes defeated DR Congo 2-0 on Saturday to go top of Group A.AFCON 2019Uganda vs ZimbabweCairo International Stadium, CairoWednesday, 26-06-2019 @8pmCAIRO – The Uganda Cranes will return to action on Wednesday afternoon when they take on Zimbabwe at the on-going AFCON 2019 finals.Uganda is full of confidence after earning a convincing victory against DR Congo on Saturday, one that sees them sit top of Group A with three points from one game..The 2-0 win over Congo was Uganda’s first at the event in over 41 years and it is one that has brightened the Cranes hopes of making it to the knockout stages of this year’s competition.However, being in an unfamiliar situation may also lead to complacency and Cranes head coach Sebastien Desabre hopes his player put the Congo game behind them and focus on Zimbabwe.“We are focused and concentrated for the Zimbabwe game on Wednesday, said Desabre in his pre-match press conference held on Tuesday.“The win we got against DR Congo now means nothing.“We need maximum points against Zimbabwe so that we head into the final game with Egypt when we are relaxed and already into the last 16.“We respect Zimbabwe because they have very good individual players but we shall give it our best shot.”Desabre speaking to the media on Tuesday.Zimbabwe indeed have good individual players, the majority of whom play in the South African top flight.Fourteen (14) of the 23 Warriors’ players currently in Egypt, play in the Premier Soccer League (PSL), the same league Uganda’s captain Denis Onyango features in.“Personally, i will admit that i know most of the Zimbabwe players, noted Onyango when asked about the Warriors.“I have played with some of them in the same clubs and majority play in the PSL.“However, we are set and determined to face Zimbabwe. There is no need to underrate them because they have quality.”Talking of quality, Zimbabwe showed loads of it as they lost their opening game 0-1 to hosts Egypt.Zimbabwe lost 0-1 to Egypt in their AFCON opener last Friday.The likes of Marshall Munetsi, Knowledge Musona and Khama Billiat were a constant menace to the Pharaohs as they bid to upset the odds.It was not to be in the end but they will be hoping to get back into the running for a knockout spot against Uganda.“We play against a very good side which defeated DR Congo and i think we have to fight hard for the entire game. Said Zimbabwe head coach Sunday Chidzambwa ahead of Wednesday’s clash.“I hope we will be at our best to get a good result that will revive our hopes.“Against Egypt, we did not have many chances but we will try to do better this time round.“We are not here to add numbers but we are here to compete.”This will be the 5th meeting between the two sides since 2011.In the other four match-ups, each has won one and drawn the other two.The last meeting between the two sides saw Zimbabwe defeat Uganda 2-0 in an international friendly back in May 2016.The other group A game sees second placed Egypt take on DR Congo at the same venue on the same day at 11pm.Uganda’s probable line upDesabre will be expected to maintain the same line up that defeated Congo on Saturday.The only concern ahead of Tuesday’s game has been Swedish based forward Abdu Lumala who was stretchered off in the 2-0 victory but news coming from Egypt suggests that he is fit to start.Denis Onyango (GK), Bevis Mugabi, Godfrey Walusimbi, Murushid Juuko, Hassan Wasswa, Khalid Aucho, Mike Azira, Farouk Miya, Emmanuel Okwi, Abdu Lumala, Patrick Kaddu.The other games on Tuesday-Nigeria vs Guinea @5:30pm-Egypt vs DR Congo @11pmComments last_img read more

Chelsea v Fulham player ratings

first_imgRuben Loftus-Cheek came on as a substitute. [Picture: Nick Potts/PA Wire]Goals from Pedro and Ruben Loftus-Cheek gave Chelsea a 2-0 win over Fulham at Stamford Bridge. Here’s how we rated each player in the west London derby.ChelseaKepa Arrizabalaga: 6Had nothing to do in the first half, but needed good reflexes to keep out a Calum Chambers header from a corner after the break and was stretched to keep out a later drive from the defender.Cesar Azpilicueta: 7Some important blocks made by the Spaniard, but also got forward often. One menacing low cross was almost converted by Giroud at the near post. Booked for a late tackle on Tom Cairney.Antonio Rudiger: 7Rock solid alongside David Luiz. Important interception at the start of the second half and won some vital headers.David Luiz: 8Had a fascinating battle with Aleksandar Mitrovic, which the Brazilian won hands down. Also launched several attacks with some fine passes from deep.Embed from Getty ImagesJorginho: 6Always looking to administer a death by a thousand cuts with his effective, short passes. Never far from the action, offering an outlet and snuffing out dangerMateo Kovacic: 6Not very noticeable, but helped Chelsea establish firm control in the first half. Made way for Loftus-Cheek’s more progressive surges into the opposition half.N’Golo Kante: 7Played as if determined to prove a point to Maurizio Sarri about his value – given implied criticism of late. But still looks a bit uncomfortable in more advanced midfield role. Was always snapping at Fulham heels and won the ball to set up the early opener.Embed from Getty ImagesMarcos Alonso: 5Endured plenty of jibes from the away end in relation to off-field issues and maybe it unsettled him a little, as some of his crossing and overlapping was not as effective as usual.Pedro: 7Looked sharp from the word go. Cut inside to drill past Sergio Rico in the fourth minute. Some sterling work tracking back and good work between enemy lines. Rare to see him complete 90 mins.Olivier Giroud: 5Disappointing follow-up to his two Europa League goals in midweek. Had one shot blocked after being played in by Hazard, but too many of his first touches and passes were a little off colour.Eden Hazard: 6Quiet by his standards, but claimed a great assist for the second goal after sweet interchange of passes. Drifted from flank to flank in search of space but Fulham did well to keep him mostly under wraps. Had one deflected shot saved and lifted a powder-puff free-kick into Rico’s arms.Ruben Loftus-Cheek: 7On to great acclaim for Kovacic after 67 minutes. One typically surging run invited Hazard into space before the danger was snuffed out but then rifled in the clinching second goal after a fine move.Embed from Getty ImagesAlvaro Morata: 5Replaced the ineffective Giroud after 70 minutes and soon had a great chance, but skied over, with Rico prone after blocking a Hazard shot. Frustration showed when he was booked for a petulant foul.Davide Zappacosta: 6On for Alonso for the last 15 minutes or so for only his second league appearance of the season.FulhamSergio Rico: 8Commanded his area and distributed the ball well, while coming up with crucial stops from Olivier Giroud and Eden Hazard in particular. Another solid outing from the Spaniard.Cyrus Christie: 5Struggled to contain Hazard and the overlapping Marcos Alonso, ceding possession too many times and over-hitting almost every cross he made.Embed from Getty ImagesDenis Odoi: 6Made a slow start but improved as the game progressed, sweeping up several balls in behind and standing up to substitute Alvaro Morata when he came on. Looks to be forming a decent partnership with Alfie Mawson.Alfie Mawson: 7Got in the way of numerous Blues efforts and stood tall in several aerial challenges against Giroud. Perhaps allowed Pedro to cut inside a little too easily to give the hosts the lead.Maxime Le Marchand: 6Still doesn’t look particularly comfortable at left-back and was caught out of position before Chelsea’s second, which killed the game off.Calum Chambers: 7Had three great chances saved by Kepa, including a powerful header from a corner and a first-time drive in the second half. Did a decent job of outmuscling Mateo Kovacic and cutting out passes in the middle, although his own were not up to scratch either.Embed from Getty ImagesStefan Johansen: 5Got a rare start in André Schürrle’s absence, but was largely absent himself throughout the first half. The Whites improved considerably after his substitution at the interval.Jean Michaël Seri: 5A rather sloppy performance from the Ivorian, who was deployed at the base of a midfield diamond in the first half. Robbed by Kanté in the build-up to Pedro’s opener and gave the ball away with multiple errant passes. Another off day for him.Tom Cairney: 7Shielded the ball excellently to kick-start the Whites’ attacks and gave his team plenty of impetus, especially after the break. Couldn’t quite unlock a stubborn Chelsea defence, despite a 94% pass success rate.Embed from Getty ImagesRyan Sessegnon: 6Found it difficult to settle in an unusual advanced right-sided role with no winger to help Christie defensively. Withdrawn at half-time as Fulham shifted to a 4-4-1-1.Aleksandar Mitrović: 6Got very little service into feet and was frustrated in the air against Antonio Rüdiger, but put in a tireless shift and kept fighting to the end.Floyd Ayité: 7Provided a much-needed outlet and dynamism on the left after his introduction at the break, as Claudio Ranieri’s formation change proved more successful.Aboubakar Kamara: 6Battled against Marcos Alonso and got in behind a couple of times, helping set up Fulham’s best chance via Cairney and Chambers.Neeskens Kebano: 6Didn’t have much time to influence the game but did well to intercept a cross as Chelsea countered late on.See also:Loftus-Cheek seals derby victory for ChelseaRanieri praises Fulham players after derby defeatSarri admits tension affected Chelsea playersRanieri surprised by Chambers’ impact in midfieldAzpilicueta signs new Chelsea contractChelsea duo are passed fit for Wolves clashLoftus-Cheek targets regular Chelsea placeInjury problems for Leicester ahead of Fulham clash Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebookby Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksRecommended for youAspireAbove.comRemember Pauley Perrette? 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49ers report: Top 5 things we learned Thursday

first_imgSANTA CLARA — Injuries to multiple defensive backs, particularly free safety Adrian Colbert, could lead the 49ers to deploy their high-priced, Jimmie Ward Contingency Plan.“I could be at corner, at nickel, at dime and at safety. I still really don’t know,” Ward said Thursday as the 49ers (0-1) prepare to host the Detroit Lions (0-1) on Sunday.Colbert missed his second straight day of practice because of a hamstring injury, and that could open the door for Ward to return to free safety, where …last_img read more