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Blackburn play hardball over Rhodes

first_img 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 starting in the 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. Speaking after the 1-0 defeat in Belgium, Bruce highlighted the need to use his full squad as he attempts to balance the prospect of a European campaign with league commitments. He made nine changes in Lokeren and could do so again when his side host Stoke on Sunday. “I will look at that because obviously we’ve got a big game coming up,” he said. “I haven’t got the balance right so far because we got beat but in hindsight I’d still do the same thing because it’s vitally important to have enough energy in the team to be right for a Premier League game.” Meanwhile, Humberside Police said three Hull fans were arrested in Belgium – two for being drunk and disorderly and one for criminal damage. Officers will work with Belgian counterparts to look at any offences which may have been committed and look at measures that can be taken ahead of the return leg at the KC Stadium next week. Police in riot gear, backed up with water cannon, shepherded Hull fans past a pub frequented by local fans, with some supporters being hit by bottles as they passed. A Humberside Police spokesman said: ”This type of behaviour will not be tolerated by the minority of fans involved as it not only puts others at risk but also spoils the experience for everyone else attending the game. ”The disorder witnessed will be taken into account as the return leg approaches and we will police the match accordingly.” 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. Press Association 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.last_img read more

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Tropical Depression Forms in the Atlantic

first_imgTropical depression number 10 has formed over the central tropical Atlantic and it is heading toward the Northern Leeward Islands. The system could become Tropical Storm Imelda later today.The National Hurricane Center says it is too soon to tell if the system will affect South Florida by next week.SUMMARY OF 1100 AM AST…1500 UTC…INFORMATION———————————————–LOCATION…12.9N 44.9WABOUT 1165 MI…1870 KM ESE OF THE LEEWARD ISLANDSMAXIMUM SUSTAINED WINDS…35 MPH…55 KM/HPRESENT MOVEMENT…WNW OR 295 DEGREES AT 12 MPH…19 KM/HMINIMUM CENTRAL PRESSURE…1007 MB…29.74 INCHESWATCHES AND WARNINGS——————–There are no coastal watches or warnings in effect.Interests in the Northern Leeward Islands should monitor theprogress of this system.last_img read more

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Over 70 Beers to Taste Test at Seaside’s Pouring at the…

first_imgFacebook10Tweet0Pin0There may be no better way to spend St. Patrick’s Day in the Pacific Northwest than heading to Seaside, Oregon for the 9th Annual Pouring at the Coast brew fest. Held at the Seaside Civic and Convention Center, it’s the only place where you can sample beer and wine from over 30 breweries.Spend St. Patrick’s Day among friends, good beer and good wine at the 9th Annual Pouring at the Coast in Seaside, Oregon. Photo courtesy: Seaside ChamberIt’s no secret that Oregon and Washington are becoming known for our excellent local beers and this festival will have something for everyone – whether your taste is for traditional beers or craft beers created by microbreweries – with over 70 beers to choose from, there is sure to be one you like.The Start of Something SpecialPouring at the Coast began in 2009, when past Seaside Chamber of Commerce Director Al Smiley shared his love of beer with local Seaside brewery owner Jimmy Griffin. Through a series of discussions, the idea to create an event was discussed and the breweries dinner was born.These dinners attracted more than 60 guests each night and centered on pairing the beers with specific dishes. But soon more ideas surfaced and the Pouring at the Coast was on the horizon. With the growing popularity of craft beers, it seemed like a winning idea that paired perfectly with Seaside’s beautiful setting, just like Guinness and oysters.Organized jointly by the Seaside Chamber and Jimmy Griffin, the Pouring at the Coast has grown into a major yearly event hosting between 700-900 people each year. “It is a perfect fit for Seaside at this time of year,” says Chamber employee Sandi McDowall.Schedule of Events for the Pouring at the CoastThe Pouring at the Coast begins on Saturday, March 17 at 3:00 p.m. and runs to 8:00 p.m. While you partake in the beer tasting and wine tasting, the Pouring is the perfect atmosphere to hang out with friends. Live music from two bands will complete the party feel and definitely add to the ambience as you sip your stout or admire the glow of a pale ale.Choose from over 70 beers to taste test and then vote for your favorite during the People’s Choice Competition. Photo courtesy: Seaside ChamberOne of the highlights of the day is the Craft Beer Festival and People’s Choice Competition. This is where you get to sample some beer and vote on your festival favorites!Admission is just $20 and includes a souvenir tasting glass and five tasting tickets. A special pre-order admission for $25 that includes a souvenir pilsner glass and seven tasting tickets is only available in a limited number and only if you purchase your admission online.Seaside is a great place to get away, enjoy the beautiful beaches, great shopping and experience this year’s Pouring at the Coast. With so much to do, it’s a great place to spend a night or two for the perfect weekend getaway. There are many wonderful places to stay in Seaside, including Starry Night Inn, a newly renovated 1919 Victorian home that has been transformed into a magical bed & breakfast, and the iconic The Tides by the Sea, where the first thing you will see when you wake up each morning is the breaking waves in one for their oceanfront rooms. For something fun, be sure to check out suite 157, known as the “Titanic Room” or suite 147, the romantic “Emerald Suite.”To purchase tickets, visit the Pouring at the Coast website.last_img read more

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