THE STAR year in review: Top Sports stories of 2018

December 31, 2018
Luton Shelton and his wife Bobbette.
Andre Russell

Once again, Jamaicans have forged onto new frontiers in the field of sports in 2018 and STAR Sports has captured the splendour, humour and grief.

As the world says goodbye to 2018, STAR Sports remembers some of its most read stories.

(1) 'Unwavering love' - Bobbette Shelton opens up about coping with husband Luton's tragedy

Many football enthusiasts were reduced to tears in September, when STAR Sports reported that Luton Shelton, Jamaica Senior men’s team leading goal scorer, was diagnosed with Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS).

And in this piece, STAR Sports opened the window for its readers to see the changes his wife Bobbette has had to make in her life as the former Harbour View talisman journey through the ordeal.


(2) My time to shine - Blake

Since sprinting legend Usain Bolt retired from athletics in 2017, there has been a mad race to fill the void he left behind.
Yohan Blake, who handed Bolt two stinging defeats at the Jamaica Athletics Administrative Association National Championships in 2012, believes that he is the man to take up the reins, and expressed this when STAR Sports caught up with him at the beginning of the athletics season this year.

(3) Russell mercilessly beats Trinbago as Tallawahs win first CLP game

Andre Russell wrote himself into the history books when he became the third man to register a hat-trick and score a century in the same T20 match.

The Jamaica Tallawahs captain took three for 38 and then scored 121 not-out to propel his team to the unlikeliest of victories over hosts Trinbago Knight Riders, who went on to claim this year's Hero Caribbean Premier League (CPL), at the Queen's Park Oval.

(4) No duppy, it was a gunman! - Hughes quicker than robber's bullet at UWI

Zharnel Hughes, the British sprinter who trains at Racers Track Club , could have never imagined that he would have to ply his trade outside of the athletics arena. But on January 23, he had to out-sprint a gunman who attempted to rob him as he got ready for practice that evening.

Admittedly traumatised, Hughes went on to finish his training session.

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