Barcelona draws with Chelsea as Messi ends goal drought

LONDON — Lionel Messi finally managed one of the few things he had yet to achieve in football.

At his ninth attempt, the five-time world player of the year finally scored against Chelsea, salvaging a 1-1 draw on Tuesday and halting his longest drought against any opponent after 730 minutes.

By cancelling out Willian’s opener, Messi also gave Barcelona a narrow edge in their Champions League round-of-16 matchup heading into the second leg at Camp Nou on March 14. The night’s other game produced a far more conclusive outcome with Thomas Mueller and Robert Lewandowski both scoring twice as Bayern Munich beat 10-man Besiktas 5-0.

It was far tighter at Stamford Bridge, with Chelsea deploying Eden Hazard as a false nine and containing Barcelona’s energetic pressing before being made to pay for a rare slip in concentration in the 75th minute.

Andreas Christensen passed laxly across his own penalty area and Barcelona capitalized. Andres Iniesta beat Cesar Azpilicueta to the ball, skipped past the defender’s attempt to tackle and squared for the unmarked Messi to turn into the bottom of the net. It prevented Barcelona from slipping to …read more

Source:: Sportsnet.ca

      

Trump’s first move on gun control after the Florida shooting may not work

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President Donald Trump issued a memorandum Tuesday calling for new regulation banning “bump stocks.”
But the solution may have to come in the form of a new law rather than regulation.
Federal agencies have in recent history concluded they don’t have legal authority to ban the devices themselves.

Under political pressure after the Parkland High School shooting, President Donald Trump issued a directive calling for a new gun regulation.

“I signed a memorandum directing the attorney general to propose regulations to ban all devices that turn legal weapons into machine guns,” Trump said at a White House event Tuesday.

Trump was referring to bump stocks, the modification devices Stephen Paddock used to increase his rate of fire in October’s Las Vegas Strip massacre.

The problem with Trump’s order is that, while federal law severely restricts the ownership of machine guns, a bump stock does not turn a semi-automatic gun into a machine gun, which is why federal agencies have in the past concluded they don’t have the legal authority to ban the devices.

Wishing for a regulation to ban the devices doesn’t mean he can get one — or that such a regulation would stand up in court, if issued.

A machine …read more

Source:: Businessinsider – Politics

      

Broadband connections in the US are slower than those in most other developed countries

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Broadband speeds are lagging in the US. A recent report reveals that the US ranked 62nd out of 88 countries around the world for 4G download speeds. As show in this chart by Statista, based on data from Open Signal, the speed of an average broadband download in the US is below that of Croatia, Lithuania, and South Korea.

And significantly slower than some of the top countries in the world. The place with the fastest broadband in the word? Singapore.

Check out the rankings below:

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Bayern cruises to big win over Besiktas in Champions League

MUNICH — Thomas Mueller and Robert Lewandowski both scored twice as Bayern Munich defeated 10-man Besiktas 5-0 Tuesday to all but secure progress to the Champions League quarterfinals for the seventh straight season.

Bayern played with an extra man after Domagoj Vida was sent off early for bringing down Lewandowski as the last defender, but didn’t open the scoring until the 43rd minute when Mueller netted from close range. The floodgates opened after the break, though, as Kingsley Coman doubled the lead and Mueller grabbed his second midway through the second half.

Lewandowski polished off the win with two late goals to give Bayern a seemingly insurmountable five-goal cushion ahead of the second leg of the last-16 tie in Istanbul on March 14.

“The red card definitely played into our hands,” Mueller said after the biggest home first-leg win in the knockout stages of the Champions League.

It was Bayern’s 14th straight win across all competitions – a record for Jupp Heynckes as coach, who was spoiled for choice with all his outfield players fit.

“The keys to the win were the sending off, and then, later, the first goal before the break,” said Heynckes, whose side leads the Bundesliga by a huge margin. “The …read more

Source:: Sportsnet.ca