Press Association Swiss youth international Pajtim Kasami took advantage of the visitors’ only clear-cut chance to head home the winning goal five minutes into the second half and get his side off to a flying start. Di Canio was clearly frustrated by his side’s inability to make the most of their chances with new boys Cabral and Ondrej Celustka among those who came close in a dominant opening period. Di Canio said: “We weren’t really ferocious. We have to be nasty in terms of our football. “I don’t want to say we had a clear identity but a big part of the puzzle is clear. I think we did well but it’s obvious we can do much better.” Key to Di Canio’s plan to move forward is the acquisition of at least two more new players and the Italian reiterated his desire to bring in an influential midfielder before the transfer window shuts next month. Di Canio added: “Today we had the quality of Cabral but we need another player there who can feed my striker and my wingers. “We can improve this area if we bring in another player with the key – a real playmaker with a personality and a physical presence because this is the art of the game. “I told them before the start of the season if we play well and deliver a clear identity on the field I prefer to lose and play well rather than win and play very bad – but after that I think a few points will be better. “The only disappointment is when you dominate and create 10 clear chances and they had only one corner kick. There was only one team in it, but you have to work on it and take the positives.” Martin Jol’s delight at Fulham’s flying start was soured by injuries to goalkeeeper Maarten Stekelenburg and former Black Cats defender Kieran Richardson. Sunderland boss Paolo Di Canio has ordered his players to uncover a nasty streak as they seek to bounce back from their opening-day disappointment against Fulham at the Stadium of Light. Stekelenburg was substituted midway through the second half after sustaining an apparent shoulder injury saving from Jozy Altidore, and Jol admitted the Dutchman could now face a spell on the sidelines. Jol said of Stekelenburg’s injury: “Hopefully it’s not as bad as it looks now. It’s painful and it could take more than a couple of weeks.” Richardson sustained a hamstring injury after just 19 minutes and Jol added: “Kieran had a great pre-season so it is not the perfect scenario, but it is almost perfect to have the three points. “When you play against Sunderland you have to get out from the back and I was disappointed with the way we wanted to win the game – in hindsight I was very pleased with the result but we have to do better in future.” Jol expressed delight with Kasami’s first Fulham goal, which came after the player spent the latter half of last season on loan at Swiss club Luzern. Jol added: “For a young kid to score his first goal and the winning goal in the Premier League is of course what I want from him. “I want him to be happy and enjoy his football and develop himself. I sent him to Switzerland last year because he’s a good talent and a strong kid. I thought it was a good chance to start Kasami and I’m glad I chose him.”
Portland Trail Blazers center Jusuf Nurkic is officially out indefinitely following successful surgery to repair a compound fracture sustained during Monday’s game against the Brooklyn Nets, according to the Athletic’s Shams Charania. The team also received some good news: Doctors reportedly found no nerve or muscle damage. Nurkic was injured during the second overtime, fracturing both his tibia and fibula on the left leg.Nurkic was taken to an area hospital immediately after the game. Rip City, as well as the rest of the league, wishes the best for Nurkic, who has had an incredibly productive season up to this point. Our Managing Editor Dave Deckard provided his thoughts about last night’s events earlier today.On Monday morning, the Blazers announced that Nurkic suffered compound fractures to his left tibia and fibula and will be out indefinitely as he works his way back to full health.Nonetheless, the loss is a big one for the Blazers, who are in the midst of a fight for homecourt advantage in the ultra-competitive Western Conference. Blazers head coach Terry Stots called the injury – and the resulting loss of Nurkic’s services – “devastating,” while Blazers All-Star guard Dame Lillard felt physically ill for his teammate.“It made me sick to my stomach,” Lillard said on the injury, via ESPN. “I think he tried to tip it in, he crashed the glass and I saw him hit the ground and roll over real quick, and I thought maybe he got hit in the face or something again. As I was walking over there, I saw everybody else turn around real quick and walk away, and then I looked and saw his leg — and you just hate to see that happen to him.
CHARLES CITY — It’s estimated a record number of Americans will be on the road for the 4th of July holiday than any previous holiday, and Iowa’s law enforcement officers will be out in force looking for speeders, drunks and other lawbreakers.Floyd County Deputy Sheriff Brian Tiedemann says the increase in patrols comes from the Iowa Department of Public Safety’s Special Traffic Enforcement Program or STEP. “The roads are going to be congested, traffic is going to be heavier,” Deputy Tiedemann says. “You’re going to have more people coming into town for the 4th of July festivities. There’s going to be a lot of people from out-of-town that are coming back for family reunions or class reunions.”Iowa’s STEP initiative invites law enforcement agencies statewide to participate in increased traffic patrols over five dates this year including July 3rd through 7th. Tiedemann says the event’s main goal is raising awareness in seat belt use and driver safety. “Use your head, be safe, remember to buckle up,” Tiedemann says. “Watch your speed limit. Make sure when you’re following someone that you give them three seconds distance. Stop signs, make sure that you stop and look twice in both directions before pulling out.”He warns motorists who like to speed that traffic violations can prove costly, as fines range from 40 to 200-dollars without court costs, depending on the infraction. “We’re not out there to make money. This money goes back to the state general fund,” Tiedemann says. “We’re out here because we want people to be safe. I’ve always said this and I’ve been in law enforcement over 28 years, I would much rather write ten citations than to cover one fatality accident.”The other dates in Iowa’s STEP effort are St. Patrick’s Day, Memorial Day and Labor Day.
The street and sidewalk upgrade project along Brand Boulevard in Glendale continued Tuesday as crews refurbished a sidewalk at California Avenue. The project, which is expected to cost the city more than $13 million, has moved along in phases. The work being done Tuesday is part of the first phase, from Colorado to Milford streets. The second phase, from Milford north to Sanchez Drive, is ahead of schedule. The third phase, south from Colorado to San Fernando Road, is expected to begin some time this summer. Some business owners have complained about the project, saying it has disrupted their stores. One merchant filed a claim against the city last month. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESanta Anita opens winter meet Saturday with loaded card160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!