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NBA schedule 2020: Dates, times, TV channels for season restart in Orlando

More than three months after the NBA suspended play following Rudy Gobert’s positive coronavirus (COVID-19) test, the league is finally on track to return. After the NBA and National Basketball Players Association officially finalized a plan for a restart, the full finish of the regular-season schedule was revealed Friday night. 

Play is set to resume July 30 with a doubleheader featuring the Jazz vs. Pelicans and Clippers vs. Lakers. “Seeding games” will continue each day through Aug. 14 to determine playoff positioning. The postseason will follow the typical format with full best-of-seven series all the way through the NBA Finals.

A total of 22 teams will travel to Orlando, Fla.: the 16 teams currently in playoff position and six teams within six games of the No. 8 seed in either conference (Kings, Pelicans, Spurs, Suns, Trail Blazers, Wizards).

Outside of the game schedule, there are additional unprecedented challenges. Players will be dealing with the threat of the novel coronavirus and injury following such a long layoff, plus the mental challenge of remaining focused on basketball while being largely isolated from the outside world.

The full 2020 NBA regular-season schedule is listed below by date along with the current standings. (Times and TV channels for the final two days of seeding games have not yet been revealed.)

NBA schedule 2020

(All times Eastern)

July 30

July 31

Aug. 1 

Aug. 2

Aug. 3

Aug. 4

Aug. 5

Aug. 6

Aug. 7

Aug. 8

Aug. 9

Aug. 10

Aug. 11

Aug. 12

Aug. 13

Aug. 14

NBA standings 2020

Here are the current NBA standings as of March 11, the last day official games were played. Teams in bold have been invited to Orlando to finish the regular season.

Eastern Conference

Western Conference

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Golf

Travelers Championship 2020 tee times, TV coverage, live stream & more to watch Thursday’s Round 1

The PGA Tour is moving forward with the 2020 Travelers Championship despite multiple golfers withdrawing from the event over concerns about positive coronavirus (COVID-19) tests.

Brooks Koepka and Webb Simpson, who are both in the top five of the world rankings, will not participate in the Travelers Championship, bringing the total number of withdrawals to five. Cameron Champ, Graeme McDowell and Chase Koepka are also out of the tournament.

Out of those five, only Champ tested positive for COVID-19. The rest of the group is skipping the Travelers Championship “out of an abundance of caution” after coming into contact with others who have tested positive. (Caddies for Brooks Koepka and McDowell tested positive, and one of Simpson’s family members also tested positive.)

“We need to use these developments as a stark reminder for everyone involved as we continue to learn from an operational standpoint; we are making several adjustments to our health and safety plan, as noted in the memo sent to players this morning, and we will continuously reinforce to all players, caddies, staff members and support personnel on property at PGA TOUR events to adhere to social distancing and other safety protocols that further minimize risk,” the PGA Tour said in a statement released Wednesday.

Despite positive tests from Champ and multiple caddies, the Travelers Championship will still be held without fans in attendance. Here is everything you need to know about this year’s tournament.

Watch the Travelers Championship 2020

Live coverage of the 2020 Travelers Championship for Rounds 1 and 2 on Thursday and Friday can be seen on Golf Channel from 3 to 6 p.m ET and heard on PGA Tour Radio from noon to 6 p.m. ET. Rounds 3 and 4 can be seen on Golf Channel (1-3 p.m. ET) and CBS (3-6 p.m. ET) and heard on PGA Tour Radio from 1 to 6 p.m. ET.

The event can be live-streamed via NBCSports.com and the CBS Sports app for the network’s portion of the coverage as well as fuboTV, which offers a free seven-day trial.

Who will be the replacements at the 2020 Travelers Championship?

Here is the full list of replacements for the golfers who have withdrawn:

Travelers Championship tee times for 2020

Here is the complete list of tee times for Thursday’s Round 1 at the Travelers Championship:

Round 1: Thursday, June 25

At Hole No. 1 …

At Hole No. 10 …

Travelers Championship purse

The purse at the 2020 Travelers Championship is $7.4 million. The winner will pocket $1.332 million in prize money.

Travelers Championship odds, picks for 2020

DeChambeau, McIlroy and Thomas are the betting favorites (+1,100) to win the 2020 Travelers Championship. A $100 bet on one of those golfers would win $1,100. 

Travelers Championship past winners

Seven golfers have won the Travelers Championship more than once in the tournament’s history. With a victory this year, Bubba Watson would join Billy Casper as the only man to win the Travelers Championship four times.

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