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Champions League fixture dates and results: Will Barcelona and Chelsea join Man City in the quarter-finals?

The 2019/20 Champions League tournament is approaching its finale, with eight teams set to head to Lisbon for the quarter-finals.

The Portuguese capital will host the Champions League finals, with the quarters and semis to be one-legged ties with Uefa shortening the tournament due to the coronavirus pandemic leading to postponed fixtures earlier in the season.

Six teams – Manchester City, Lyon, Atalanta, PSG, RB Leipzig and Atletico Madrid – have already booked their tickets to Lisbon, with two more to follow.

Saturday’s remaining round-of-16 action sees Barcelona and Napoli face off at Camp Nou after a 1-1 first-leg draw in Italy, while Chelsea must try and overturn a three-goal deficit at Bayern Munich.

Champions League fixtures and dates (all kick-off times BST)

Saturday 8 August

  • 2000 | Barcelona vs Napoli (1-1 agg.) | Camp Nou, Barcelona
  • 2000 | Bayern Munich vs Chelsea (3-0 agg.) | Allianz Arena, Munich

Champions League quarter-finals

Wednesday 12 August

  • 8pm | Atalanta vs PSG | Lisbon

Thursday 13 August

  • 8pm | RB Leipzig vs Atletico Madrid | Lisbon

Friday 14 August

  • 8pm | Napoli/Barcelona vs Chelsea/Bayern Munich | Lisbon

Saturday 15 August

8pm | Man City vs Lyon | Lisbon

Champions League semi-finals

Tuesday 18 August

8pm | RB Leipzig/Atletico Madrid vs Atalanta | Lisbon/PSG

Wednesday 19 August

8pm | Man City/Lyon vs Napoli/Barcelona or Chelsea/Bayern | Lisbon

Champions League final

Sunday 23 August | 8pm | Lisbon

All fixture dates are subject to change.

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Masks join water bottles at L.A. Marathon amid coronavirus worries

The spread of the new coronavirus has sparked anxiety, panic buying and preventive measures.

But for participants in the 35th Los Angeles Marathon on Sunday, it was mostly a punchline.

“Run like someone with the coronavirus is behind you!”

Runner after runner laughed as Jessica Schroeter waved a sign with that message just past Mile 12, at Sunset Boulevard and La Brea Avenue.

Schroeter had left San Juan Capistrano at 4 a.m. to cheer on her husband, Eric, who was running his first marathon. He ran with their 13-year-old daughter, Kelly, who was competing in her second marathon.

Schroeter knew this was the point in the race when runners got tired — that long, flat stretch when it hits you that there are still 14 miles to go, when a bit of humor might give them a boost.

“Right now, with coronavirus, you’re either taking it super serious and buying all the toilet paper at Costco, or you’re laughing it off,” she said. “It’s definitely not something to ignore, but you don’t need to lock yourself up in the house over this.”

There was no doubt she was going to show up to cheer. With her younger son and the children’s grandparents in tow, the only time the coronavirus seriously crossed their minds was when they dropped off their runners at Dodger Stadium early Sunday and saw so many people squeezed together at the start line.

There are now 14 cases of COVID-19 in Los Angeles County, none of them contracted by the virus spreading within the region.

Despite the cancellation of large events in Northern California and other states, officials said they didn’t see enough of a public health threat to cancel the marathon.

One L.A. City Council member on Friday questioned the decision to run the race. “This is a big popular event, but I remain concerned & don’t think it’s worth the risk,” wrote Councilman Mike Bonin on Twitter.

Instead, health officials recommended that sick spectators stay home and that those who attended stay 6 feet away from others who weren’t family or friends.

Runners were advised to wash their hands before the race and not to shake hands with other participants or the public. Hand sanitizer was also available for runners along the course.

“I think the public has been pretty educated on what to do — wash your hands; stay home if you‘re sick,” said Lenore Schroeter, who was not about to miss seeing her granddaughter run a marathon. “We believe in the power of prayer, and we have lots of people praying for this marathon and every runner out there today.”

Look, she said: The rain stayed home and the city is once again united on a day meant to celebrate strength.

“God made it a beautiful day.”

Puffy clouds and crisp, spring-like air made for a great day to run.

As Catherine Borek saw it, the marathon was too important to Los Angeles to stay home, knowing she could take basic precautions to avoid infection.

“I’m not going to lick people’s hands,” she said, “but I’m also not going to not show up.”

Borek, who teaches English and drama at Dominguez High School in Compton, has run this route three times, but she came Sunday as a spectator, cheering runners near the intersection of Hollywood Boulevard and Vermont Avenue, around the eight-mile mark. She remembers it as a “brutal point” where the fatigue has set in and the remaining mileage can seem insurmountable.

Cheering from the crowd, and music — drums, especially — are critical, she said. Nearby, a school choir belted rock tunes and a deejay blasted reggaeton. A police officer sat in his cruiser, warning on the car’s loudspeaker that he’d be issuing “walking violations” to any offending marathoners. “No walking,” he announced. “If you walk, you will be ticketed.”

“This is too brilliant,” Borek said of the entire scene, too great to stay home out of fear of a virus. “Our strength is in our calm. Our anxiety is more dangerous. The stress is more dangerous.”

Besides, she added, gesturing to the runners streaming by, “this is about the healthiest swath of people you can find in Los Angeles.”

Some marathon supporters took extra precautions when giving out high-fives to runners streaming by.

Joey Ta of the Midnight Runners, a weekly running club that works out in Venice Beach, sanitized his hands after high-fiving one of the club’s marathon participants as he ran past Mile 20.

“Last I checked, he doesn’t have the coronavirus,” Ta joked.

Still, Ta had asked members of his group to sanitize their hands after any high-fives. It was important, he said, “to make sure our group is safe.”

At about 9 a.m., several dozen people waited on the corner of Sepulveda and Santa Monica boulevards to cheer on two runners who had flown in from Japan.

Nancy Perdomo, 56, who runs the Culver City Sister City Committee, a nonprofit that focuses on building friendships and cultural understanding with other countries, had worried at first that their delegation from the city of Kaizuka, in Japan’s Osaka prefecture, would not be able to travel because of the coronavirus outbreak.

“Our concern was the trip here — being on the plane,” she said.

But in the end, the runners made it to Los Angeles in good shape. As 25-year-old Koichi Murakami ran past Mile 20 with a wide smile on his face, the group rang bells and waved a large banner with the words “Riding the wave to victory” in Japanese.

Frank Luna, shaking a cowbell just shy of the nine-mile mark in Los Feliz, assessed his risk of infection by the number of cases so far.

“I get it; it’s out there,” he said. “But we’ve had, what, one person die in California? I think I have a better chance of winning the lotto multiple times than getting it, and it’s pretty damn hard to win the lotto.”

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‘We are hiring big time’: Calgary tech companies join forces to attract job seekers – Calgary

A Calgary-based group of tech companies held a hiring fair downtown on Saturday to help get the word out that the technology sector needs skilled workers.

Jason Moore was working as a geologist in Calgary for the past eight years until September when he was laid off.

“I left on good terms. They treated me very fairly but it was more just a side effect of what all of Alberta is going through at this time,” Moore said.

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Moore is one of the hundreds of people who attended the first Tech West Collective hiring expo on Saturday. He now considers himself lucky. Moore is learning the world of coding and discovering a passion he never knew he had.

“I think one of the great things about coding is you get to build stuff, and you get to see if it works right away. It’s like the mouse pushing the button and you get the pellet,” Moore said with a laugh.

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The Tech West Collective is a group of Calgary tech companies that have teamed up to help fill vacant positions.

“We are feeling a talent gap. Now we want to build up the talent pool,” said Tech West Collective organizer Kat Lesperance.

Lesperance works at Showpass, a Calgary-based tech company that provides ticketing solutions for event organizers. Showpass and Avanti Software are two of the seven members of the collective.

“We are hiring big time,” said David Owen Cord, Avanti Software co-CEO.

He said the company is looking for people of all backgrounds — not just tech-related positions.

“It’s been interesting because of the negative headlines here in Calgary and the layoffs that are going on but we are having a very different reality in the business we live in every day. One of our biggest challenges is actually filling the open spots that we are trying to hire for,” Owen Cord said.

Part of the problem is a lack of people with tech skills.

EvolveU is a non-profit educational institution that is helping job hunters transform their careers to adapt to the rapidly changing digital economy.

“There’s so much opportunity right now that people don’t even know about. That’s exciting for me and it’s exciting to watch the students go through the transformation,” said Jen Morrison, program manager with EvolveU, at the job fair on Saturday.

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Members of the Tech West Collective said it’s time for tech companies to stop poaching talent from each other and get the word out that Calgary’s economy goes beyond oil and gas. Those transitioning from the energy industry said the job hunt in the tech world is more encouraging.

“There [are] more jobs than would be for my old profession. It’s not that they’re handing them out, but there definitely does seem to be more excitement and more opportunity and a desire for more people to enter this industry,” Moore said, adding that he’s taking courses at EvolveU.

According to Calgary Economic Development, the city has over 2,000 open tech jobs.

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