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WNBA postpones start of season this month because of virus

The WNBA has postponed the start of its season because of the coronavirus pandemic. There is no indication when play would begin.
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FILE - In this Sept. 6, 2017 file photo, Phoenix Mercury guard Diana Taurasi (3) talks with Seattle Storm guard Sue Bird (10) during the second half of a single-game WNBA basketball playoff matchup, in Tempe, Ariz. Bird and Taurasi headline the 29 players chosen for the U.S. women's basketball team pool. Eleven members of the 2016 Olympic team that won a sixth consecutive gold medal for the Americans are in the pool that was announced Thursday, Dec. 14. (AP Photo/Matt York, File)

NEW YORK (AP) — The WNBA has postponed the start of its season because of the coronavirus pandemic. There is no indication when play would begin.

The league was scheduled to open training camps on April 26 and the regular season on May 15. 

Here is the full statement from the WNBA:

The WNBA will still hold a virtual draft April 17. 

Two WNBA cities are major hot spots for the virus: New York and Seattle. 

The WNBA was was set to begin its 24th season. It is longest running professional women's sports league.