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China's basketball league resumes as NBA stays benched

Hoops-starved fans rejoice at return of live broadcasts

SHANGHAI -- China's top professional basketball league will restart on Saturday in a "bubble" format without spectators, giving fans something to cheer as they await news of whether NBA games in the U.S. will return to Chinese screens.

Suspended halfway through the 2019/20 season on Jan. 24 because of the novel coronavirus outbreak, the China Basketball Association will be the first professional sports league in China to resume play albeit on a shorter schedule and with strict health protocols.

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