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Connecticut Sun will open July 26 vs. Lynx

The Connecticut Sun will open the regular season against the Minnesota Lynx on Sunday, July 26, the WNBA announced Monday.

Connecticut's opener will be broadcast on ESPN/ESPN2 at noon.

The WNBA season was supposed to start on May 15 but was postponed indefinitely in April due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The league's schedule is incredibly compact, with its 12 teams each playing 22 games in a regular season that will last 49 days (July 25 through Sept. 12). Its opening weekend will be dedicated to the Black Lives Matter movement.

The Sun will play every team twice over 47 days. They will have one day off between games 18 times and their longest time between games will be three days, which will happen twice.

All games will be played on the campus of IMG Academy in Bradenton, Fla., as teams have been put in a "bubble" in an effort to protect players, coaches and staff from the coronavirus. The Sun announced Sunday that two of their players, starters Briann January and reserve Natisha Hiedeman, had both tested positive for the virus and weren't with the team.

Connecticut's second game will be against the Washington Mystics in a rematch of last year's WNBA Finals. The series went the full five games with Washington winning its first world championship.

The Sun’s local television schedule will be announced at a later date.


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