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Eddie McGuire has warned the AFL against hastily adding a new team in Tasmania, criticising the league for having botched its previous expansions.

The AFL is currently planning to have a Tasmanian team up and running by the 2025 season, but recently issued a $750 million ultimatum for the state to build the prospective 19th team a brand new stadium if it wants to be a standalone.

Presidents of the existing 18 AFL clubs will vote on whether Tasmania will be awarded a new license in August.

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McGuire, the former Collingwood president, said presidents had the right to be apprehensive about a brand new team, given the league’s expansion record.

“My first preference is for a standalone team for Tasmania, but I am not from the free beer party. I do see the problems that are coming and they’re coming fast,” he told Nine’s Footy Classified.

“The AFL have botched every single entry into the competition other than Richmond in 1908 and the two Adelaide sides. I’ve sat in the meetings and heard them get up with all the slideshows and none of them have actually ever made it.

“What’s happened is, the clubs have given too much power in these situations and they have been lied to continually or misinformed along the way. 10 years it took to wash through GWS and the Gold Coast and we’re still not quite there.

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“We’d love to have the Tasmanian situation, but what we don’t want to do is end up with a whole lot of really small teams struggling for the next period because the TV rights money won’t be there the next time around.

“What we’re saying is, it might happen and it might be a disaster, so let’s try and get the best possible result. Listen to people who actually genuinely love Tasmanian football, who’ve regretted that it’s been driven to where it is.

“But at the same time, I’m not going to stand here and watch people drive over a cliff and applaud on the way through.”

The Age’s Caroline Wilson expressed confidence that a prospective 19th team would not be easybeats for its first few seasons, as the GWS Giants and Gold Coast Suns when they first entered the AFL.

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“There’s a group of AFL heavy-hitters meeting on a very regular basis to talk about how a 19th team will look so if and when it happens the team will be ready,” she told Footy Classified.

“They will not make the same mistakes they made with GWS and the Gold Coast. What won’t happen is it being a bye like GWS and Gold Coast were for so many years.

“They will work out a way where it’ll be palatable for clubs to trade good players, experienced players, for draft picks.”

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Nick Kyrgios has laughed off questions regarding his on-court attire, as he opted to change his shoes and hat before taking a post-match interview following his gutsy performance in the fourth round.

Kyrgios’ detractors were desperate for something, anything, to take the shine off his impressive five-set win, where he battled a shoulder ailment throughout, receiving treatment several times.

But if his win over Stefanos Tsitsipas was a ‘circus’, as the vanquished Greek proposed it was, this was anything but.

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Save for a couple of words with the chair umpire late in the contest, Kyrgios was focused, and almost reserved at times.

Few sports stars are as polarising – and when Kyrgios switched his hat and shoes for a red Jordan brand cap and some matching sneakers, it gave his critics – of which there were fewer than his last match, for obvious reasons – the ammunition they needed.

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On commentary, Aussie legend Todd Woodbridge said that his countryman “might receive a letter in his locker” about the hat and shoe change.

The 27-year-old’s post-win press conference was nothing like the combative environment that it was two days ago, right until the very end.

A reporter posed the idea that Kyrgios invites his own controversy, including an open flaunting of clear wardrobe rules.

“Why then would you walk on to centre court with bright red trainers on and do an interview in a red cap?” Kyrgios was asked.

The reply was typically Kyrgios.

“Because I do what I want,” he responded, before being pressed on whether or not he thought he was above the rules.

“No. I’m not above the rules. I just like wearing my Jordans.”

The line of questioning continued despite a moderator’s attempted intervention, when Kyrgios was quick to correct the journalist that he hadn’t ‘moaned’ about controversy.

“I haven’t moaned. I love it,” he said.

“Yeah, it’s just more attention for me. What’s that saying? Any publicity is good publicity, right?

“Keep doing you then champion,” he said to the question asker before moving on.

Kyrgios will get a day off before facing Chile’s Cristian Garin for a spot in the final four.

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Erik ten Hag was afforded a first opportunity to work with a number of returning Reds at Carrington on Monday.

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Cristian Garin came from two sets down and saved two match points in the fifth before beating Alex de Minaur to reach his first grand slam quarter-final at Wimbledon.

The unseeded Chilean trailed 5-3 in the first-to-10 fifth-set tiebreaker before winning six straight points to take a 9-5 lead.

He then converted his second match point to advance 2-6, 5-7, 7-6 (3), 6-4, 7-6 (6) on Court No.2 after four hours and 34 minutes.

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Garin is the first Chilean man to reach a Grand Slam quarterfinal since Fernando Gonzales in 2009.

The 19th-seeded de Minaur had never lost a set against Garin in three previous meetings and looked set to maintain that streak when he led 3-1 in the third-set tiebreaker. The Australian then held two match points at 5-4 in the fifth.

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