Israel condemns depiction of EU ambassador as Hannibal Lecter

first_img“Lars Faaborg-Andersen undermines Israeli sovereignty and ignores Israeli law. He is behind the illegal construction near Highway 1 in order to create facts on the ground, territorial continuity for a future terrorist state,” the video said.Israel considers such EU-funded construction illegal. Israeli Foreign Ministry spokesperson Emmanuel Nahshon said in a statement that Israel “condemns the disrespectful treatment of the European Union ambassador.” The Israeli foreign ministry has condemned a video made by a group of settlers that depicts EU ambassador Lars Faaborg-Andersen wearing a Hannibal Lecter mask and accuses him of trying to establish a “terror state.”The video, which was posted on Facebook on Sunday, shows Faaborg-Andersen as the cannibal from the 1991 film “The Silence of the Lambs.”The video was made by the settler group Jerusalem Periphery Forum that supports the end of EU aid funding to Palestinian camps. The group said that Faaborg-Andersen was behind the construction and said that he “must be restrained.”last_img read more

Inconsistency, in schedule and play

first_imgInconsistency, in schedule and playThe Gophers had another game this weekend canceled due to weather. Derek WetmoreMarch 28, 2011Jump to CommentsShare on FacebookShare on TwitterShare via EmailPrintWhen coaches talk about inconsistency, theyâÄôre typically referring to players failing to execute routine plays.When Gophers baseball head coach John Anderson talks about inconsistency, he means his teamâÄôs early-season rash of postponed and canceled games.Minnesota (8-8) went 1-1 in a weekend series with Cal Poly, dropping FridayâÄôs game 5-1 but winning 9-4 Sunday. In between, SaturdayâÄôs game was canceled due to rain, making it the GophersâÄô fourth canceled game in the past two weeks.After mustering just three hits Friday and sitting around for 12 hours Saturday before the cancelation, the GophersâÄô offense broke out in a big way Sunday, scoring nine runs on 16 hits.With a single in the second inning Sunday, AJ Pettersen kept his hitting streak alive, finishing with two singles, two walks, a stolen base and four runs scored. The leadoff hitterâÄôs streak stands at 19 games dating back to 2010, and he has reached base safely in every game this season.âÄúIâÄôm just trying to stay consistent more than anything,âÄù Pettersen said. âÄúLast year I was kind of up and down, and this year I try to get at least one knock a game and so far it has kind of panned out for me.âÄùAfter the second inning single, Pettersen safely stole second base and later scored on Trip SchultzâÄôs RBI base hit.Schultz had four RBIs on the day and was a key contributor for Minnesota on Sunday.Another major contributor for the Gophers on Sunday was outfielder Justin Gominsky. The junior went 4-for-4 with a walk to help pace MinnesotaâÄôs offense that had been marred in a funk.Pettersen said the team as a whole was more aggressive Sunday and was also able to lay off tough breaking and off-speed pitches, something that the team struggled mightily with Friday.âÄúItâÄôs really hard to try to figure out whatâÄôs going on because there is so long in between opportunities,âÄù Anderson said. âÄúFriday it was almost like we started over at game one âĦ The hardest thing to do after a long layoff is to try to time a changeup.âÄùHe added of his top performers Pettersen, Gominsky and Schultz on Sunday: âÄúThe guys we need to step forward for us are the guys that have experience. Those guys really did that today and we also used a lot of players off the bench.âÄùGetting enough playing time to balance between regulars and bench players has been a struggle thus far, but SundayâÄôs game was a step in the right direction before the team opens Big Ten conference play Friday at Target Field.âÄúItâÄôs tough for the hitters with timing to miss games against live pitchers. I think weâÄôll battle through it,âÄù Pettersen said. âÄúHopefully next weekend weâÄôll come ready to play.âÄù Following the theme of the not-so-young season, SundayâÄôs game was delayed because of complications from rain. When the grounds crew was dragging the field in between the third and fourth innings, second base came loose and there was a lengthy delay.Perhaps as a result, SundayâÄôs starter Phil Isaksson lasted only three innings before being relieved by the teamâÄôs usual Sunday starter, Austin Lubinsky.With IsakssonâÄôs usual Saturday start getting canceled, he needed some work. Lubinsky pitched 3 1/3 innings and earned the win.Freshman lefty Tom Windle also got 2/3 of an inning before closer Scott Matyas entered in the eighth. Matyas recorded a shutout inning, getting a flyout and two strikeouts to end the game in the eighth.MatyasâÄô no-hit streak ended with a Cal Poly base hit in the bottom of the eighth, however. It was the first hit the closer had allowed all year.The Gophers batted around in the seventh, scoring three runs to put the game on ice before the contest was called due to time constraints.The teams finished eight innings but Minnesota had to catch a flight and, with delays early in the game, couldnâÄôt afford to finish.ItâÄôs tough to peg where the Gophers stand after a start to the season that has so far been inconsistent, both in terms of schedule and on-field play.âÄúWhat do you make of it? Which team is it?âÄù Anderson asked rhetorically of his teamâÄôs bipolar weekend of play. âÄúI donâÄôt think I can make that determination at this point.âÄúHaving a lot of games consecutively will help you figure that out but you have to give the players credit âÄî they havenâÄôt quit on us.âÄùInjury updateNick OâÄôShea was found to have damage to cartilage inside his ribcage, rather than an oblique muscle injury as originally believed.The team has not yet released a timetable for the first basemanâÄôs return. Dan Olinger and Ryan Abrahamson continue to fill in for OâÄôShea, one of the GophersâÄô only true power threats.last_img read more

‘Raise The Jolly Roger’…Cole, Pirates hand Tigers first loss of season, 5-4

first_imgPittsburgh Pirates center fielder Andrew McCutchen, center, celebrates with teammates, left fielder Starling Marte, left, and right fielder Gregory Polanco after getting the final out of a 5-4 win over the Detroit Tigers in the Pirates home opener Monday, April 13, 2015 in Pittsburgh. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)PITTSBURGH (AP) – Brad Ausmus is an optimist, but the Detroit Tigers manager didn’t get carried away even after his team mashed its way through a perfect opening week to the season.“I wasn’t expecting to go 162-0,” Ausmus joked.The Pittsburgh Pirates finally put a crooked number in Detroit’s loss column, riding Gerrit Cole’s right arm and home runs from Josh Harrison, Pedro Alvarez and Corey Hart to hand the Tigers a 5-4 loss on Monday.Baseball’s top-hitting team scored 47 runs while winning its first six games, but was held in check until a late rally against Pittsburgh closer Mark Melancon fell just short. Detroit failed to match the 7-0 start set by the 1984 team that rolled to a World Series title.The Tigers managed just one run out of a bases-loaded, no-out situation in the seventh and scored three times against Melancon in the ninth before pinch-hitter Victor Martinez struck out to end it.“We had a little bit of an opportunity in the seventh and we weren’t able to continue it,” Ausmus said. “Then the last inning, obviously we had the heart of our order, right where you want to be against the back-end of their bullpen. That’s as good as a chance as possible being down four runs.”Pittsburgh Pirates’ Pedro Alvarez, left, celebrates with Jordy Mercer (10) after hitting a solo home run off Detroit Tigers starting pitcher Anibal Sanchez during the seventh third inning of the Pirates home opener baseball game in Pittsburgh Monday, April 13, 2015. The Pirates handed the Tigers their first loss of the season 5-4. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)Cole (1-0) struck out eight and walked two while giving up just three hit as the Pirates won their second straight home opener.“He was throwing cheese,” Detroit catcher Alex Avila said. “Hitting 97, 98, a couple of breaking balls, changeup. Spotting up, sinking the ball. He was lights out.”Anibal Sanchez (1-1) couldn’t quite keep up, surrendering five runs in 6 1-3 innings, including home runs to Pedro Alvarez and Corey Hart in the seventh to give Pittsburgh some needed breathing room.“I just tried to keep the score close and waited for the team to score some runs,” Sanchez said. “Cole threw a really good ballgame. He pitched really, really well.”Miguel Cabrera went 2 for 4 with an RBI and J.D. Martinez drew the Tigers within a run with a two-run shot off Melancon.Looking to match the start of the Kirk Gibson-led club that won 104 games and rolled to a title 31 years ago, they instead were cooled by the hard-throwing and rapidly maturing Cole.Pittsburgh Pirates starting pitcher Gerrit Cole (45) gets the ball during the first inning of a baseball game against the Detroit Tigers in Pittsburgh Monday, April 13, 2015. Cole got the win 5-4 over the Tigers. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)“Cole was good,” Ausmus said. “He was really good. He was going to be tough to score against, period. We bided our time and were able to get back in the game.”Just not all the way to the front. Cole breezed through six innings, twice retiring Cabrera, before running into trouble in the seventh after loading the bases with no outs. Jared Hughes came in to protect a 2-0 lead. His first pitched turned into a double play by Nick Castellanos and his third was a harmless popup by Avila.“You just have to pound the zone, that’s the big thing,” Hughes said. “The other hitters know you’re going to do it and they’re probably going to be swinging.”Alvarez then led off the bottom of the seventh with a homer to center and Hart followed three batters later with a drive to the bleachers in left field with a two-run shot for his 1,000th career hit to make it 5-1.CRUSING CABRERACabrera’s two hits actually forced his average to “dip” to .517 on the season. He was named the American League Player of the Week earlier Monday after going 13 for 25 (.520) with two doubles, two homers and eight RBI to start the year.“He’s swung the bat extremely well,” Ausmus said. “He’s the best hitter in the game for a reason and he probably has a few of those awards on the mantle.”TRAINER’S ROOMTigers: Closer Joe Nathan’s strained right flexor elbow might force Ausmus to get creative at the back end of the bullpen. Joaquin Soria is filling in until Nathan returns from the disabled list, but Ausmus indicated that if there was a save situation on Monday he would have turned to Joba Chamberlain.Pirates: The Pirates reinstated pitcher Francisco Liriano from the paternity list and sent Casey Sadler to Triple-A Indianapolis. Liriano is scheduled to start on Wednesday.UP NEXTTigers: Shane Greene (1-0) makes his second start of the season on Tuesday as the three-game series continues. He tossed eight shutout innings in a win over Minnesota last Thursday. Greene is 4-0 with a 2.70 ERA in six career road starts.Pirates: A.J. Burnett makes his first start in Pittsburgh as a Pirate since 2013. He pitched 5 1-3 innings while getting a no decision against Cincinnati last Thursday. The 38-year-old Burnett is 14-12 with a 2.76 ERA in 35 career starts at PNC Park.last_img read more

Espanyol 2-1 Rayo Vallecano: Hernan Perez screamer seals scrap

first_img He blasted home after a wonderful Bebe equaliser had canceled out Abraham’s first-half opener. Espanyol were made to pay for these huge misses when Bebe blasted home a bolt from the blue, rammed home from the left-hand sid of the box, the strike flying past the helpless Pau Lopez. Upd. at 22:21 They eventually took the lead when the outstanding Marco Asensio zipped into the box and crossed for Abraham to turn home, although Yoel Rodriguez could have been better between the sticks. Rik Sharma Hernan Perez’s brilliant volley gave Espanyol a crucial win over Rayo Vallecano in a real relegation six-pointer. Then it was Gerard Moreno’s turn to fluff his lines, holding onto the ball well in the box but firing straight at Yoel. Another brilliant run by Aesensio carved open Espanyol but Burgui, another Real Mdarid loanee, fired wide of the near post when he should have drilled home.center_img It was enough to win it despite some late Rayo pressure and takes Espanyol 14th with 31 points, while the visitors are 17th on 26th, equal with Granada who are 18th. Espanyol started the game more intensely, getting into Rayo’s box a few times but failing to find any firm chances.  07/03/2016 CET But as time ticked on, Espanyol levelled with a brutal blast of their own, Perez rifling home a dropping ball on the edge of the box on the volley. He made amends, in part at least, by tipping a Victor Sanchez shot around the post, which was bound for the top corner.last_img read more