Burnley stun Tottenham on Kane’s return (video)

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  • Burnley 8 games unbeaten
  • Kane scores on his return form injury
  • Controversy over two goals
  • Barnes scores late winner for Burnley
  • Burnley’s longest top-flight unbeaten run since 1966

Tottenham Hotspur lost 2-1 to Burnley at Turf Moor on Saturday, as Harry Kane scored on his return from injury but it wasn’t enough to salvage anything for Spurs.

[ VIDEO: Pochettino goes wild at referees ]

The first two goals arrived in controversial fashion in the second half as Chris Wood headed home from a corner which shouldn’t have been awarded, then Kane latched onto a long throw from Danny Rose which was taken from the wrong position.

Then Serge Aurier failed to clear and that led to Ashley Barnes scoring the winner, with Spurs’ faint title hopes taking a huge hit after four wins on the spin put them back in contention.

With the win — one of their best-ever in the Premier League — Burnley move on to 30 for the season and are now six clear of the relegation zone, while Spurs remain in third as Mauricio Pochettino‘s missed the chance to reduce the deficit to the top of the table to just two points.

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Burnley put plenty of pressure on Spurs early on but the first big chance of the game came for Spurs and Kane. The returning forward danced past several Burnley players but then dragged his shot wide.

Tottenham pushed their way into the game and came close from set piece situations before half time.

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Christian Eriksen forced Tom Heaton into a comfortable save down low as the game got going, with Ashley Barnes whipping a wonderful effort just over the bar at the other end.

Heung-Min Son went close for Spurs but Burnley’s defense blocked well as there was little between the teams at the interval.

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At the start of the second half Heaton made a wonderful stop to deny Kane who rifled an effort towards the top corner from 25 yards out.

Just as Tottenham were on top, Burnley took the lead. A corner from the left (which Jan Vertonghen debated) was met by Wood and via a combination of his head and shoulder the ball went in after hitting the crossbar. Despite Pochettino’s complaints, the goal stood.

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But Spurs weren’t behind for long as their talisman marked his return from injury with a crucial goal. A quick throw-in from Danny Rose (taken from 10 yards ahead of where it should have been) caught out Burnley’s defense and Kane controlled, held off defenders and finished superbly to make it 1-1.

Jeff Hendrick flashed an effort wide and Dwight McNeil forced Hugo Lloris into a smart stop, as both teams went for the win late on. And it was Burnley who found the hammer blow as Barnes tapped in at the back post after Aurier dallied on the ball and Johann Berg Gudmundsson delivered the assist.

After all of their hard work to get back in the title race without Kane and Dele Alli, this was so Spursy.

USMNT’s Brooks scores equalizer for Wolfsburg

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John Brooks is enjoying a career year for Wolfsburg, and he just added another highlight to his strong season.

Brooks, running up in the attack in a rare foray forward, tapped home into an empty net to save Wolfsburg a point at home in its 1-1 draw with Eintracht Frankfurt. It was Brooks’ third goal of the season and second in the last two months.

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The U.S. Men’s National Team centerback has played and started 29 times this season for Wolfsburg, the most games he’s ever played in a single season in Germany’s top tier. Brooks started alongside Aaron Long in the USMNT’s 1-0 win over Ecuador in Orlando in late March, and could play a key role for the USMNT this summer at the Gold Cup, unless coach Gregg Berhalter decides to let him rest this summer.

Season over: Hudson-Odoi suffers suspected Achilles tear

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One incident on Monday showed why some players are so desperate to change clubs when given the chance. They may never get it again.

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Callum Hudson-Odoi said on his Instagram post Monday evening that he had suffered a ruptured Achilles tendon. If confirmed by the club, it’s usually a nine-month recovery process, with some players needing a full year to return to full fitness. Considering the timing of this, towards the end of the season, it means that Hudson-Odoi may miss an entire season of top-flight soccer, as well as possibly miss out on a chance to move to Bayern Munich this summer.

The injury is a huge blow to the 18-year-old, who had forced his way into the Chelsea side after strong performances in the UEFA Europa League, and now he’s making regular Premier League starts at the tender age of 18. Hudson-Odoi had started four-straight Premier League games including Monday, but now he faces a long layoff.

In Hudson-Odoi’s favor is his youth. While it can be a career-ending injury, hopefully Hudson-Odoi could retain his electric pace once he recovers and can return to the starting lineup for Chelsea.

But it’s a big disappointment to the young Englishman, who surely would have played for England youth national teams this summer and could have potentially made a big-money move abroad.

Prince-Wright’s Premier League picks

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Four midweek Premier League games will be pivotal in shaping the title race, top four battle, race for seventh and the relegation picture.

Tuesday and Wednesday will be a lot of fun.

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If you, like me, love to dissect all the games and predict what the score will be and which team will win, I encourage you to get involved in the comments section below. Let’s have a bit of fun.

Okay, so I’ve consulted my crystal ball and here’s how we see things panning out. Listen carefully, because this is very specific.

While you can download the NBC Sports Predictor app (below) and play the Premier League Pick ‘Em game yourself to predict the scores and win the prizes.

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With the first section labelled “basically, free money” for the picks I think are dead certs. The section labelled “don’t touch this” means if you’re betting I advise you to stay clear, while the “so you’re telling me there’s a chance” section are the long shots. If it is better odds you are after, those are the picks to go for.


BASICALLY, FREE MONEY

Tottenham 3-1 Brighton – (Tuesday, 2:45 p.m. ET, NBCSN) – [STREAM]

Watford 3-1 Southampton – (Tuesday, 2:45 p.m. ET, NBC Sports Gold) – [STREAM


DON’T TOUCH THIS…

Man United 1-2 Man City – (Wednesday, 3 p.m. ET, NBCSN) – [STREAM


“SO YOU’RE TELLING ME THERE’S A CHANCE…”

Wolves 2-1 Arsenal – (Wednesday, 2:45 p.m. ET, NBC Sports Gold) – [STREAM

Relevant Sports sues USSF over proposed Ecuador match in Florida

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NEW YORK (AP) A promoter has sued the U.S. Soccer Federation, asking a court to order the governing body to sanction an Ecuador league match in Florida.

Relevent Sports filed suit Monday in New York Supreme Court in Manhattan, alleging the USSF illegally refused to approve its application to have Ecuador’s Barcelona and Guayaquil clubs play on May 5 at Miami Gardens.

The lawsuit quotes USSF policy as stating the governing body’s secretary general “shall grant such sanction unless it is decided by clear and convincing evidence that holding or sponsoring the international soccer competition would be detrimental to the best interest of the sport.”

The USSF did not immediately respond to an email seeking comment.

Relevent attempted to stage the first Spanish La Liga match in the U.S., between Barcelona and Girona at Miami Gardens on Jan. 26. That effort fell through following opposition from the governing body of Spanish soccer, the Real Federacion Espanola de Futbol, and the players’ union, the Asociacion de Futbolistas Espanoles.