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EPL: Kane scores 250th goal as Tottenham beat Arsenal

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Tottenham’s Harry Kane scored his 250th goal for club and country on Sunday as Spurs beat Arsenal 2-0.

Kane’s goal also marked his 100th home goal for Spurs and made him the leading scorer in the north London derby.

The England international’s contributions didn’t end with a goal, though, as he also provided the assist for Son Heung-Min’s opener on 13 minutes.

He perfectly controlled a Moussa Sissoko pass from a Spurs counter-attack before setting Son off down the left side of the pitch.

Instead of attempting a darting run behind the Arsenal defence, Son unleashed the ball 20 yards out and it went soaring past Bernd Leno in the Arsenal goal.

 

A minute into extra time at the end of the first-half, it was then Son’s turn to provide an assist for Kane.

Harry Kane and Son Heung-Min celebrate after teaming up to score. GLYN KIRK/POOL/AFP via Getty Images

With Arsenal caught on the counter-attack again, Son held the ball until Kane appeared on his outside left and then slipped a pass to him. Kane then powered the ball into the roof of the net from close range.

After excitement about his return to the side at the start of the match, Thomas Partey was substituted at half-time and replaced by Dani Ceballos.

Partey had limped off the pitch during the second Spurs counter-attack, leaving Arsenal a man down when Kane scored.

Despite enjoying the majority of the possession in the second-half, they were unable to find a goal as Spurs were happy to play defence after their first-half display.

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Tokyo Olympics: Australia beat Nigeria 84-67 in Basketball opener

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Australia’s Boomers beat Nigeria’s Tigers 84-67 in a commanding performance on Sunday night in Tokyo with star player Patty Mills scoring 25 points as both nations opened their quest for a first Olympic medal in men’s basketball.

Australia matched its best finish by finishing fourth at the Rio Games in 2016 but is capable of going further this time with a veteran roster full of NBA players.

The Australians, ranked third in the world, pulled away in the fourth quarter of a game that had been evenly matched between teams with the most NBA players outside of the U.S.

Nigeria’s D’Tigers featured eight current NBA players and the Australians seven.

Both teams won exhibition games in Las Vegas against the Americans, who have 12 NBA players on their roster.

Australia opened an 11-point lead midway through the third quarter after holding the Nigerians without a basket for more than five minutes to open the second half.

But the Australians lost momentum soon after when the game was delayed because the horn was malfunctioning, and Nigeria cut the deficit to five early in the fourth.

But Matisse Thybulle of the Philadelphia 76ers made a 3-pointer and then Mills, the San Antonio Spurs guard who was a flag bearer for the Australians in the opening ceremony, helped break it open.

Obi Emegano scored 12 points for Nigeria, led by Golden State Warriors assistant coach Mike Brown.

Australia plays Italy on Tuesday in matchup of teams that won in Group B on the opening day. Nigeria faces Germany.

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Arsenal agree £50m deal for Brighton’s defender

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Arsenal has agreed on a deal in principle for the £50m transfer of Brighton & Hove Albion defender Ben White.

White was a late call-up to Gareth Southgate’s England Euro 2020 squad.

It completes a meteoric rise for the 23-year-old, who was released by Southampton as a youngster before being signed by Brighton.

He went on a number of loans from the Seagulls, including to Leeds’ Championship title-winning side in 2019-20.

White’s performances for Leeds attracted the attention of many leading clubs and prompted Brighton to secure him on a new four-year contract last summer.

That deal put the Seagulls in a strong negotiating position this summer and it is understood they rejected two bids from the Gunners before agreement was finally reached amid interest from other Premier League clubs.

White is on holiday so the transfer, including his medical, will not be completed until he returns.

The transfer comes as Arsenal part ways with Brazil defender David Luiz after his contract expired.

The Gunners have also signed 21-year-old left-back Nuno Tavares from Benfica for £8m this summer.

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