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Japan baseball league delays season open over coronavirus

April start eyed as Summer Olympics complicates schedule

The Yomiuri Giants play the Yakult Swallows to an empty stadium in Tokyo on Feb. 29. (Photo by Rie Ishii)

TOKYO (Kyodo) -- Japan's professional baseball establishment said Monday it will delay the start of the season for both the Central and Pacific leagues, originally scheduled for March 20, due to the coronavirus crisis.

The J-League, meanwhile, said it will extend its suspension of soccer matches until at least April 3.

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