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Reports: Sacramento set to announce MLS expansion team early next week

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Reports: Sacramento set to announce MLS expansion team early next week

Major League Soccer's 29th team reportedly will be in Sacramento. 

MLS will announce Monday that it is awarding its next expansion team to Sacramento in a downtown press conference, The Sacramento Bee reported Tuesday citing "sources with direct knowledge of the deal." KCRA-TV and KOVR-TV later confirmed The Bee's reporting.

The Bee reported the club will play as Sacramento Republic FC, and KOVR-TV reported that they officially will join the league in 2022. Republic FC, which has played in the second tier of American soccer in the United Soccer League, tweeted a pair of statements Tuesday and said the team will share "more information in the days ahead."

The Sacramento City Council unanimously approved a non-binding term sheet in April that calls for Republic FC to build a $252 million stadium on undeveloped land in the downtown railyards and for the city to provide a $33 million incentive package. The package included $2.4 million in tax rebates and waived building permit fees, as well as $27 million from a future increased property tax to reimburse Republic FC for building infrastructure near the stadium.

Sacramento mayor Darrell Steinberg, according to The Bee, will propose the City Council modify the agreement to make the $27 million a loan to be paid back with interest by the Sacramento investor group, which is now led by Pittsburgh Penguins co-owner Ron Burkle after he agreed to acquire a controlling interest in Republic FC in January. 

The MLS board of governors voted unanimously in April to expand the league from 27 to 30 teams, inviting investor groups in St. Louis and Sacramento to submit bids. MLS awarded St. Louis its 28th franchise in August, and The Bee reported Sacramento's investor group has been in negotiations with MLS since late April. 

Sacramento will join three other teams -- and potential rivals -- in California: the San Jose Earthquakes, LA Galaxy and top-of-the-table LAFC. Republic FC would become the fifth team ever to play in the state, as C.D. Guadalajara-associated Chivas USA folded in 2014. 

Brighton-Wolves live stream: Watch Premier League game online, on TV

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Brighton-Wolves live stream: Watch Premier League game online, on TV

Wolverhampton Wanderers have a window of opportunity to make the Champions League.

Thanks to Chelsea's loss away to Everton on Saturday, Wolves can cut the gap to fourth place down to just three points. While they won't play the Blues until May, a three-point gap with 22 games remaining is plenty manageable for Nuno Espírito Santo's side.

But first, Wolverhampton need to beat Brighton on Sunday. The Seagulls just beat Arsenal 2-1 at the Emirates midweek, and results breaking Brighton's way could facilitate a move up into the top half of the English Premier League table. 

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Here's how to watch Sunday's Brighton-Wolves match online and on TV. 

When: Sunday Dec. 7 at 11:00 a.m. ET/8:00 a.m. PT
TV: NBCSN
Online: NBC Sports

Aston Villa-Leicester City live stream: Watch Premier League game online

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Aston Villa-Leicester City live stream: Watch Premier League game online

If there is going to be an English Premier League title race, it's on Leicester City. 

The Foxes entered Sunday 11 points back of league-leading Liverpool, and Manchester City's loss to rival Manchester United on Saturday effectively ended City's quest for a three-peat. That leaves Leicester as Liverpool's lone remaining title challenger, and an eight-point deficit at this point might yet be too much to overcome. 

It doesn't help that Aston Villa stands in the way. The newly-promoted side narrowly lost to Chelsea midweek, and the Villans drew Manchester United at Old Trafford days before that. Jack Grealish's return to the lineup has reinvigorated Villa, and they can make a statement in their bid to stay up with a win over the Premier League's happiest surprise. 

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Here's how to watch Sunday's Aston Villa-Leicester City match live online and on TV. 

When: Sunday Dec. 8 at 9:00 a.m. ET/6:00 a.m. PT
TV: NBCSN
Online: NBC Sports