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Wolves-Brighton live stream: How to watch EPL game live online, on TV

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Wolves-Brighton live stream: How to watch EPL game live online, on TV

The Wolverhampton Wanderers (10-12-6; 42 points) are chasing a Champions League berth, so every one of their Premier League matches the rest of the way is critical.

That starts with Saturday's match against Brighton (6-10-12; 28 points), who are trying to avoid relegation.

With a win, Wanderers would keep pace with Manchester United and Chelsea in the league table.

Here's how to watch Wolves-Brighton live online and on TV:

When: Saturday, March 7, 2020 at 10 a.m. ET/7 a.m. PT
TV: CNBC
Stream: NBCSports.com

What Premier League's latest coronavirus tests mean for season restart

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What Premier League's latest coronavirus tests mean for season restart

The Premier League reached a pair of milestones Tuesday in an effort to resume the season, but they aren't out of the woods yet.

Clubs began small-group training sessions Tuesday, with groups of no more than five players practicing together while following social-distancing guidelines aimed to limit the spread of the coronavirus. Six of the 748 players and club staff tested over the weekend tested positive for COVID-19, and the Premier League said those six (from three different clubs) will self-isolate for the next week. 

"[The] general consensus from what I can gather is that [the results are] actually about as positive news as you can get," NBC Sports' Premier League host Rebecca Lowe told Mike Tirico on "Lunch Talk Live" on Tuesday.

The Premier League's rate of initial positive tests (0.8 percent) is slightly higher than the Bundesliga and 2. Bundesliga's initial rate (0.5 percent) when Germany's top two divisions ramped up their efforts to restart their seasons earlier this month. Nearly 1,000 more players and club staff (across 36 teams) were tested in Germany compared to the 19 Premier League teams tested in England. Germany's protocol required two weeks of isolation for those who tested positive.

Another round of tests is set for this week, as each Premier League club will be tested twice a week as part of "Project Restart." The Premier League's initial June 12 target is more of "a staging post," CEO Richard Masters said last week. Restarting the season will require approval from the clubs, players, medical staff and the British government.

[RELATED: Man City's Champions League ban appeal set for next month]

Next week arguably is the Premier League's most critical. The Premier League must submit a proposal to restart the season to UEFA by next Monday. Clubs will determine next Tuesday whether or not teams can return to contact training, and they will vote a day later on whether or not they will resume the season. A minimum of 14 clubs must vote in favor of restarting in order for games to be played. 

Leicester City's 4-0 win over Aston Villa on March 9 was the Premier League's last match before the season was suspended due to the coronavirus. By the end of next week, we very well could know when the next one will be played.

Manchester City Champions League ban appeal hearing set for early June

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Manchester City Champions League ban appeal hearing set for early June

The reigning Premier League winners will learn their UEFA Champions League fate early next month. 

Manchester City's appeal of a two-year ban from European competition is set to be heard June 8 through 10, the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) announced Tuesday. 

UEFA banned City from the Champions League and Europa League for two years, beginning with the 2020-21 season, and fined the club €30 million for "serious breaches" of the European governing body's financial fair play (FFP) regulations. The organization's investigation determined City deliberately inflated a sponsorship value in order to break even under the regulations, with e-mails leaked to German outlet Der Spiegel revealing that club owner Sheikh Mansour's private-equity company covered nearly £60 million of a £67.5 million deal.

City appealed the ruling in February, claiming they have a “comprehensive body of irrefutable evidence in support of its innocence." The CAS told AFP it's not clear whether the hearing will be held in person, as City requested, or by video due to restrictions as a result of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. 

The hearing dates are good news for clubs awaiting clarity on the Champions League race with the Premier League aiming to end its coronavirus suspension next month as teams began small-group training Tuesday. Should City's ban be upheld, an extra qualification spot would open up outside of the traditional top four. Manchester United, City's cross-town rivals, would stand to benefit as the table currently stands. Five clubs are within six points of United, with at least nine matches to play. 

A ruling also would provide clarity on some of City's stars and, potentially, add extra importance to their current Champions League campaign. Kevin De Bruyne, the Premier League's assists leader, told Belgian outlet HLN this month that two seasons outside of Europe would be “a long time.” City led La Liga leaders Real Madrid 2-1 -- with the away goals tiebreaker -- after the first leg of the Champions League Round of 16 prior to the season's suspension, and an upheld ban would mean this is the club's last chance to lift the one trophy they've not won under manager Pep Guardiola.