PAID IN FULL: It’s time for Chris Gayle to collect! The Jamaican superstar batsman has won his defamation suit against Australia’s Fairfax Media, which published articles in 2016 alleging that Gayle exposed himself to a female massage therapist during the 2015 World Cup. A New South Wales court has awarded the veteran cricketer US$221,000 (J$28 million) in damages. Chris Gayle was represented at the hearing by his spokesman Grant Vandenburg, who told journalists, “All he wants to do is play cricket, and he’d really, really love to come back to Australia – a country that he loves as much as anywhere – and play in the Big Bash.”
ELITE LEAGUE: Sunshine Girls’ MVP Shamera Sterling, athletics powerhouse Shericka Jackson and Olympic bronze medallist Hansle Parchment are the new additions to the list of nominees for the 2018 National Sportsman & Sportswoman of the Year Awards, being handed out by the RJR/Gleaner Sports Foundation on January 18 at the Jamaica Pegasus Hotel in New Kingston. Sterling joins a strong field that already includes Stafanie Taylor (cricket), Daniel Thomas-Dodd (track-and-field), Khadija Shaw (football), Janieve Russell (track-and-field), Aisha Praught-Leer (track-and-field), Shanieka Ricketts (track-and-field) Kimberly Williams (track-and-field), and record-breaking swimmer Alia Atkinson, while Parchment completes the ballot that also features Chris Binnie (squash), Ronald Levy (track-and-field), O’Dayne Richards (track-and-field) and Fedrick Dacres (track-and-field).