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NLEX Road Warriors celebrate Don Trollano's game winner.

NLEX Road Warriors celebrate Don Trollano’s game winner. –PBA IMAGES

Coming off contrasting fortunes the last time out, NLEX and Barangay Ginebra square off on Wednesday with both eyeing victorious to the PBA Philippine Cup elimination round front-runner within striking distance at Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay.

The match is set at 6 p.m. as the Road Warriors seek a follow-up to a thrilling 90-89 victory over defending champion TNT last week and stay within the coattails of the unbeaten San Miguel Beermen.

Ginebra, meanwhile, is still licking the wounds of its first loss of the season, an 89-84 decision at the hands of sister team Magnolia that sent the Gin Kings to a four-way tie for second counting the Road Warriors, Meralco and surprising Blackwater.

That Ginebra loss was the fourth straight in the Kings’ box-office hit rivalry with the Hotshots.

“We just didn’t play with a lot of focus nor did we match their [Hotshots’] energy all-game long,” Ginebra coach Tim Cone told reporters after the defeat.

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And that’s what Cone would need to address as he tries to get his team near 100-percent game shape before the second half of the elimination round comes along.

Meanwhile, Calvin Abueva was fined P10,000 and suspended for the next Magnolia game for his outburst during the Hotshots’ win last Sunday.

He will be out of the lineup when Magnolia, a pretournament favorite seeking to chase the leaders, battles Phoenix on Friday.

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Abueva was ejected for a second technical foul early in the fourth quarter and walked out of the venue after changing into street clothes. He also reportedly uttered some words detrimental to the interests of the PBA while on the way out before challenging the league in a since-deleted Instagram post. INQ


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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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