The Latest: FIBA to use 'bubbles' for EuroBasket

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Photo credit Oakland Athletics outfielders Mark Canha (20) and Ramon Laureano, second from right, wear masks as they greet teammates after they defeated the Seattle Mariners in the second baseball game of a doubleheader, Monday, Sept. 14, 2020, in Seattle. Both games were played in air smoky from wildfires in Oregon, Washington, and California. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)
By The Associated Press

The Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:

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FIBA is moving to “bubbles” for upcoming EuroBasket qualifiers and other continental cup tournaments.

The governing body of international basketball says the November and February qualifiers “should be conducted in ‘bubbles’ instead of home and away games.”

The FIBA executive committee took into consideration the “health and safety of players, coaches and officials” amid the coronavirus pandemic.

Each regional bubble will consist of four or eight teams. Host cities will be announced later.

The international basketball calendar has been re-arranged because of the pandemic. The EuroBasket final tournament was postponed one year and is now scheduled for September 2022.

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