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Holiday Weekend Weather Prospects

by JON MITCHELL
Cowling Pinacle
Cumulus cloud over Cowling Pinnacle in Craven. Credit: RAY GRAHAM

Today (Saturday) will be very similar to yesterday in that there will be plenty of sunshine first thing but cumulus clouds will develop and that will bring a scattering of showers this afternoon, mainly, but not exclusively, east of the A1. Highs are still disappointing at around 17ºC. Saturday night will be dry but chilly with lows in the sticks around 3ºC - cold in a tent that's for sure. Sunday will be a lovely day. There will be plenty of sunshine in the morning, a little more cloudy in the afternoon but it should stay dry. It'll feel a tad warmer too because there will only be a very light wind. Monday is more problematical. There will be a good deal of cloud with some outbreaks of rain. I'm not expecting a huge amount of rain and the afternoon should see some brighter weather. Keep up to date with the forecast, brought to you this weekend by Kerrie Gosney.

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Notorious Graffiti artist jailed for 18 months

One of the country's most notorious graffiti vandals whose spray paint has defaced hundreds of railway buildings in South Yorkshire over two decades has been jailed for 18 months.

Simon Sunderland from Sheffield who originally used the graffiti tag "Fista" was thought to have gone straight after being handed a five year jail term for his spray painting in the 1990s.

But today he was back in court for daubing his distinctive graffiti over the region's rail network.

Jon Hill reports.

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Rovers play hardball over Hull's Rhodes bid

Hull will be forced to spend nearly all of their Shane Long windfall if they are to land Blackburn's Jordan Rhodes as his replacement.

Hull want Blackburn's Jordan Rhodes
Hull want Blackburn's Jordan Rhodes Credit: Press Association

Scotland striker Rhodes, who has scored 53 goals in 99 appearances since joining Rovers two years ago, has emerged as Steve Bruce's number one target but will not come cheap after Blackburn rejected an initial offer.

They want a profit on the £8million they paid Huddersfield and value their prize asset in the same bracket as Long, who joined Southampton in a surprise £12million deal earlier this month.

Hull's Europa League trip to Lokeren this week has complicated matters, with Bruce admitting after the match on Thursday he did not know how far advanced the discussions over Rhodes were.

Blackburn, meanwhile, have indicated that the ball is in Hull's court and await an improved offer.

Rovers, who signed Tom Cairney and Corry Evans from the Tigers last year, are understood to be interested in Bruce's son Alex as part of any deal.

Bruce would be hesitant to sanction that, with the centre-back having impressed last season and also started in the team's Barclays Premier League win over QPR on the opening weekend.

Hull favour a 3-5-2 formation, meaning Bruce senior would be loathe to lose one of his established central defenders.

McDermott plays down Challenge Cup pressure

Leeds Rhinos boss Brian McDermott has moved to take the pressure off his players ahead of this weekend's Challenge Cup final clash against Castleford Tigers.

Leeds last won the competition in 1999 but since then have been defeated in the final six times.

McDermott said his players are all experienced and have had successful careers, but admitted they would still like to add the trophy to their collection:

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