Yeng Guiao admitted to having this weird feeling, but it was just the kind of feeling that validates how he has turned NLEX around.ADVERTISEMENT View comments LeBron James scores 31 points, Lakers beat Rockets Read Next End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend POC insists on hosting 2019 SEA Games, will appeal to Duterte ‘I’m out!’: PewDiePie releases last video before taking break from YouTube Kawhi Leonard, Clippers rally to beat Pelicans “This is a testament to the progress we have made,” Guiao said as the Road Warriors’ winning streak is now actually five games dating back to their final two games in the Commissioner’s Cup where the team made changes by trading for several players.Alas almost threw the game away by fouling Chris Tiu in a jump ball that resulted in two free throws for the Rain or Shine guard for a 110-108 lead with 6.3 seconds left.After Guiao called him out during the timeout for that “stupid” foul, Alas connected on a floating layup off Beau Belga to forge the second extension. He finished with a career-high 24 points and had 10 rebounds.In the second game, GlobalPort survived a strong challenge from Phoenix in the stretch to hammer out a 100-91 victory and barge into the win column.ADVERTISEMENT Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson McGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC return MOST READ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparc Indian national gunned down in Camarines Sur Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano The Road Warriors stayed unbeaten in the PBA Governors’ Cup after outlasting Guiao’s former team, Rain or Shine, 122-114, in double overtime as Kevin Alas redeemed himself from a “stupid mistake” that almost cost NLEX the game in the first extension at Smart Araneta Coliseum on Wednesday night.Alas hit the go-ahead layup with 2:51 left for 113-112, and then fed Larry Fonacier for the triple that wrapped it all up with 58.9 remaining as NLEX won a third straight game and grabbed the solo lead momentarily.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’“It’s an awkward feeling, beating that team,” Guiao said. “Sometimes, I still feel I’m the coach of that team. I haven’t gotten over that 100 percent. I still feel that’s my team and they’re my boys. But I have to get used to that,” Guiao said.Perhaps the feeling wouldn’t go away because Guiao left a winning program in Rain or Shine and is now beginning to develop a winning culture with NLEX. LATEST STORIES
“Two things he loved were music and soccer,” says Allan “Skill” Cole, a one-time local football star who befriended the music icon in the 1960s.Cole told AFP that Marley was a football “fanatic”, and liked to organize pick-up matches with his bandmates between concerts.Cole, who is now a 68-year-old with fine gray dreadlocks, was a teenager at the time.“He wanted to do everything that we did. We trained together, we ran in the morning… The only thing he didn’t like was going to the gym,” Cole said at a hotel in the Jamaican capital Kingston.Former Jamaican footballer Allan “Skill” Cole, who eventually became the tour manager for Bob Marley and The Wailers, befriended the music icon in the 1960s © AFP / Angela WeissJust a few minutes away, at the Bob Marley Museum, among the portraits of the musician that line the walls is a photo of him on a football pitch, chest squared and socks high, 1970s style.“If I were to play him on a team, I would put him on defense — he was fearless, he loved to tackle,” said Cole, who eventually became Marley’s tour manager and even was credited with co-writing some songs, including “War.”Football is even intertwined with the story surrounding Marley’s death in 1981 of skin cancer, which first developed under his toenail.During a game, Marley was tackled and injured his toe. A closer look revealed the rare form of melanoma. Many including Cole believe that an initial infection caused the cancer, even if no medical evidence backs up the theory.“That’s where the toe first gave signs” that something was wrong,” he said.“But we didn’t take it very seriously then.”– In the name of the father –A mural at the Bob Marley Museum shows the singer playing football © AFP / Angela WeissMarley’s passion for football runs through his family.In 1998, his eldest son Ziggy recorded the official anthem of the “Reggae Boyz,” Jamaica’s men’s national football squad, when they qualified for their first World Cup.In 2014, Cedella Marley came to the rescue of the women’s team when their program was axed by the national federation and they even slipped off FIFA’s official rankings list.Thanks to Cedella, the “Reggae Girlz” quickly regained sponsors and media attention — and launched themselves right into the race for the 2019 World Cup.“She had a vision from her father. I’m fortunate to be part of it. The players are the same way, they talk about it all the time,” said head coach Hue Menzies, with an air of reverence.“She stuck her neck out for us. She has been here from day one.”In Jamaica, such a gesture does not go unnoticed.Cedella Marley (C bottom) poses with Jamaica’s ‘Reggae Girlz’ after their home victory over Panama in a pre-World Cup friendly © AFP / Angela WeissOn May 19, at the team’s last home game before the World Cup begins, the announcer at the National Stadium in Kingston thanked Cedella — a businesswoman, singer and fashion designer — at least a half-dozen times.Marley, who was in the stands, told AFP after the game — a 3-1 victory for the home team over Panama — that her passion for the sport came from her dad.Football “has been in my life since I was born, so it was only natural to be a part of it,” the 51-year-old said after embracing the players — and consoling the losing squad.“They needed help, they are women, they were being told they couldn’t play a sport that they love. So we got involved and here we are!”Even if many of the players were not even born before Bob Marley’s death, they are aware of his legacy and the power his name still holds in Jamaica.“To have a Marley behind us, it’s a great feeling,” said one of the team’s stars, striker Khadija Shaw, her eyes lighting up.“Everywhere you go, everybody knows Bob Marley.”0Shares0000(Visited 4 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000The entrance to the Bob Marley Museum in Kingston — the reggae legend was a major football fan, and enjoyed playing as well © AFP / Angela WeissKINGSTON, Jamaica, Jun 7 – In Jamaica, the spirit of Bob Marley is inescapable: it permeates the Caribbean island nation, even its football pitches — a sign of the reggae legend’s passion for the sport.After Marley’s death, his children picked up the torch — and the country’s women’s team, who have qualified for their first-ever World Cup this summer in France, owe a lot to the musician’s daughter Cedella.