Ceres can keep AFC Cup status despite new ownership


The Philippine Football Federation sees no complications on the impending ownership and management changes at Ceres-Negros FC in relation to its 2020 AFC Cup campaign, which is set to resume in September in Vietnam.

The three-time Philippines Football League champions told the PFF on Wednesday they are currently in talks with investors who will take over management and ownership from owner Leo Rey Yanson.

Yanson is letting go of his club after eight glorious years, highlighted by three Philippines Football League crowns, an AFC Cup Asean zone title and a Copa Paulino Alcantara trophy.

PFF general secretary Ed Gastanes said the federation will act on the status of Ceres-Negros once negotiations with the new management are finalized.

“The PFF will continue to help its participating clubs represent the country in the AFC Cup,” said Gastanes in a conference call Wednesday.

“Considering the pandemic, (affecting Ceres-Negros FC), the AFC should look at it with kind eyes. But of course, the PFF will make the appropriate representations before the AFC regarding this.”

Gastanes said the case of changing ownership and club name similar to that of Ceres is not new, citing the case of Global-Cebu, which changed owners and is now just using Global as club name in the PFL.

“It is actually in the guidelines of our franchise agreement for PFL clubs,” said Gastanes. “These things happen. They (Ceres) just have to go through the process and submit the proper documentation.”

Ceres is currently on top of Group G in the AFC Cup, winning two of its first three matches. Based on the latest schedule released by the AFC, Ceres will play its remaining group matches in Vietnam from Sept. 23 to 29.

“We should watch out for the next communication and we will be talking

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Fantasy Premier League: Captain picks for GW35+ as the Jamie Vardy party is back on

Each week, Sport360 will bring you tips for the English Premier League’s official fantasy football game. Fancy pitting your wits against us? You can join “Sport360 Fans League” using the code: zj04s8

The post-lockdown Premier League fixture list is a hectic one which means there’s precious little time between Fantasy Premier League Gameweeks.

One way to ensure you keep raking in the points is by nailing your captaincy pick and that’s precisely what we aim to help you with.

We analyse the best options for the armband every GW, breaking them down into three categories: Top Pick, Alternative and Bold Choice.

Here are the picks for GW35+…


Jamie Vardy

After failing to score in the first three games since the restart, Jamie Vardy is once again the life of the party. A brace against Crystal Palace was followed by a late equaliser at home to Arsenal.

What’s most encouraging is that he attempted nine shots over those two games. Considering that his shots per game over the season is averaged at 2.3, that’s welcome news for his FPL owners.

The 33-year-old is also gunning for his first Premier League Golden Boot as he leads the charts with 22 strikes this season, two ahead of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.

The Foxes travel to Bournemouth where they will be greeted by a woeful defence that Vardy should be eager to exploit.


Mohamed Salah

Graeme Souness described Mohamed Salah as “super selfish” after Liverpool’s 3-1 win over Brighton in GW34+. While the intention was to criticise the Egypt star, those words are music to the ear of FPL managers.

The Liverpool winger’s brace on that occasion took him to 19 goals for the season, putting

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Reymart Gaballo faces stern test as Payano fight in the works

Rising bantamweight Reymart Gaballo. Photo by Mark Giongco/INQUIRER.net

MANILA, Philippines—Filipino bantamweight contender Reymart Gaballo will have his biggest test in his seven-year career when he faces former World champion Juan Carlos Payano.

In a RingTV.com report, MP Promotions president Sean Gibbons said that Gaballo could face Payano, a former WBA World bantamweight champion, in the next few months once Premier Boxing Champions resumes its operations.

Gaballo (23-0) has proven that he has power behind his right hand with already 20 knockouts under his name and 15 stoppages in his last 16 bouts.

The last time his fight went to the judges’ scorecards was in March 2018 when he defeated Stephon Young via unanimous decision for the interim WBA World bantamweight title.

Payano (21-3), meanwhile, is going to be Gaballo’s most experienced opponent to date. The 36-year-old from the Dominican Republic fought in four World title fights including his latest loss to Naoya Inoue, who now holds the WBA and IBF bantamweight championships.

“This will be a good fight for both of us. I will do everything I can to win the fight,” said Gaballo, 23, who is now based in Miami like Payano. “I know he is a veteran but I’ll do my best to win the fight.”

The Payano bout was originally targeted to take place in May for the undercard of Nonito Donaire-Nordine Oubaali WBC bantamweight title fight.

Gaballo has been in his training base in Miami with coach Osmiri “Moro” Fernandez along with stablemates Mike Plania and Mark Bernaldez in Sanman Productions.

“We did training every day because coach Moro looks out for us,” said Gaballo. “It’s a bit hard but not that much. We are far from our families but it’s ok because we can talk over the phone.”

Gibbons, who also handles Gaballo in some

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