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MANILA, Philippines–Northport opened its 2022 PBA Philippine Cup campaign on a triumphant note on Thursday night with a 94-81 win over Rain or Shine at Ynares Center in Antipolo City.

Robert Bolick led the way with 22 points spiked with six assists while Jamie Malonzo added a double-double of 18 points and 15 rebounds to help the Batang Pier overcome a manpower crisis while dropping the ElastoPainters to 1-1.

NorthPort enjoyed leads as big as 21 points despite missing center Greg Slaughter and stretch forward Troy Rike.

On tap for the Batang Pier is Terrafirma, which is reeling from a narrow Wednesday loss at the hands NLEX. The two clubs lock horns this Saturday also at the hilltop venue.

Rain or Shine, meanwhile, hopes to get back to its winning ways when it takes on crowd darling Barangay Ginebra Wednesday next week at Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay City.

The Scores:

NorthPort 94 – Bolick 22, Malonzo 18, Ferrer 15, Delac Cruz 10, Calma 9, Santos 8, Sumang 5, Balanza 4, Ayaay 3, Vigil 0, Apacible 0

Rain or Shine 81 – Nieto 19, Santillan 16, Asistio 14, Belga 10, Nambatac 6, Demusis 6, Ildefonso 5, Ponferrada 5, Torres 0, CLarito 0, Borboran 0, Caracut 0, Tolentino 0

Quarterscores: 20-11, 40-35, 71-54, 94-81

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Exclusive: Tennis great 'hurting' after star's 'tough' collapse – TalkOfNews.com

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Alex de Minaur’s old mentor Wally Masur says he is “hurting” after the Aussie was bounced out of Wimbledon in a five-set thriller.

De Minaur held a two-set lead over Chile’s Cristian Garin and was up a break in the third set before a stunning comeback from the world No.43.

The Aussie had two consecutive match points late in the fifth set, but was unable to convert either, with Garin eventually prevailing in a super tiebreaker.

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The 23-year-old cut a frustrated figure after the match, admitting that the loss would be a tough one to get over.

“Everyone’s probably got to go out here and say you’re happy with the week, you’ve had a great week, you know, try to take the positives out of it, but realistically it stinks,” he said.

“It’s not gonna go away for a while. I’ll do my best to forget about but it’s probably not going to happen.

“I didn’t play the important points right. It’s been kind of a recurring sort of event for a while now. So it’s something I’ve got to improve on.

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“At the end of the day two sets to love up, break points in the third, match points in the fifth. I mean, yeah, the match was full of chances, that’s for sure.”

Masur, who worked with de Minaur in his formative years as a junior, found the vision of a shattered de Minaur talking to the press hard to take.

“That hurts,” he told Stan Sports’ Grand Slam Daily.

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“I knew Demon well, I’ve known him since he was 12. He trained at the Sydney Olympic Park, at the national academy, and I was coaching out there. I saw the kid get to the final Junior Wimbledon, saw him get his first ATP point, saw him (get) national representation playing Davis Cup.

“I’m waiting for him to push deep into a major. This was a big opportunity for him. I’m hurting. That was tough.”

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The draw had opened up on de Minaur’s side, particularly with world No.11 Matteo Berrettini – who was set to play Garin in the first round – pulling out after contracting COVID-19.

The loss means he misses out on an all-Australian quarter-final clash against Nick Kyrgios after the latter prevailed in his own five-set thriller against American youngster Brandon Nakashima.

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New Paris Saint-Germain coach Christophe Galtier has pledged to end predecessor Mauricio Pochettino’s practice of rotating between goalkeepers Gianluigi Donnarumma and Keylor Navas. 

Galtier was announced as PSG’s new head coach on Tuesday, with the former Lille and Nice boss signing a two-year deal with the club.

The man who beat PSG to the Ligue 1 title when in charge of Lille during the 2020-21 season takes over a squad containing two world-class goalkeepers in Italy’s Euro 2020 hero Donnarumma and three-time Champions League winner Navas.

Pochettino used both goalkeepers often during his one full season in charge of the Parisian giants, with Navas making 26 appearances in all competitions and Donnarumma featuring 24 times.

Donnarumma managed one clean sheet more (nine) than Navas did (eight) despite making two appearances fewer, while the two goalkeepers posted similar save percentage figures (Navas saving 75.76 per cent of shots faced compared to the Italian’s 75.27 per cent).

Speaking at his unveiling, Galtier argued having a nominated first-choice shot stopper would provide greater clarity.

“I always work with a number one and a number two,” he said. 

“It’s easier for me and for them to know their position within the squad. I haven’t met them yet, but I will do it very quickly.”

PSG conceded 36 goals when winning Ligue 1 last season, the joint-fewest in the league alongside Galtier’s former club Nice, who registered one more clean sheet (14) than the champions.  

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A pair of unbeaten fourth-innings centuries to Joe Root and Jonny Bairstow has led England to a record-breaking run chase in the fifth Test against India.

Root (142 not out) and Bairstow (114 not out) combined for an unbeaten 269-run stand as England chased down a total of 378 with just three wickets down to tie the five-match series at two games apiece.

Root and Bairstow’s unbeaten 269 was the fourth-highest in the fourth innings of a Test match and the second-highest unbeaten fourth-innings stand since Gordon Greenidge and Larry Gomes.

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In chasing down 378, England smashed its old record chase, the famous 359 it ran down against Australia in the 2019 Ashes when Ben Stokes single-handedly rescued a victory from the jaws of defeat at Headingley.

It was a bitter pill to swallow for India, who had looked poised to win the series for the majority of the Test. It was the first time India had failed to defend a total of over 350 in its Test history.

The chase was England’s fourth in excess of 250 in 2022, having run down totals of 279, 299 and 296 against New Zealand in a three-Test series last month.

All four chases have come since England appointed former New Zealand captain Brendon McCullum as its Test coach after disastrous tours of Australia and the West Indies, with the team’s aggressive approach mirroring that of their Kiwi coach during his playing days.

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Bairstow was named the Player of the Match for his remarkable twin centuries, with the right-hander having scored 589 runs off 578 balls at an average of 196 in his last five Test innings.

“It’s about having the enjoyment factor, not afraid of failing, putting the pressure back on the opposition,” Bairstow said of the team’s fresh mindset under McCullum.

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“We’re going to lose games along the way, but the positive brand is fun to play.”

“It’s down to the players, making my job easier,” England’s Test skipper Stokes said.

“When you have clarity like we do in the dressing room it makes totals like that easier. 378 five weeks ago would have been scary, but it’s all good.

“We are trying to rewrite how Test cricket is being played, in England in particular.

“We know that we want to give new life to Test cricket, and the support that we’ve had has been incredible. We are bringing a new set of fans to Test cricket. We want to leave a mark.”

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