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Hewitt retires from tennis

Lleyton Hewitt has played the last singles match of his tennis career, losing to David Ferrer in the second round of the Australian Open.
 
Former world number one Hewitt, who won two Grand Slam titles, was beaten 6-2 6-4 6-4 by the Spaniard.
 
Britain's Andy Murray swept past home hope Sam Groth  6-0 6-4 6-1 in one hour and 30 minutes.
 
Fourth seed Stan Wawrinka breezed past Radek Stepanek 6-2 6-3 6-4.
 
Two-time champion Victoria Azarenka beat Danka Kovinic of Montenegro 6-1 6-2.
 
Third seed Garbine Muguruza beat Kirsten Flipkens of Belgium 6-4 6-2.

Barca's Mascherano in court

Barcelona and Argentina defender Javier Mascherano has appeared in court aiming to avoid going to prison over a 1.5m euros (£1.1m) tax fraud.
 
Mascherano, 31, previously admitted two counts of fraud after failing to declare earnings in 2011 and 2012.
 
A judge will now rule if Mascherano can pay an increased fine to avoid jail, according to reports in Spain. 

Hector returns to training

National team midfielder Hughtun Hector is back on the playing field. 
 
The former DirecTV W Connection player has resumed full training and has taken part in preseason matches with Vietnam top tier team Hanoi T&T.
 
Hector ruptured an Achilles tendon in 2015 which required surgery and sidelined him for the rest of the year.

Bravo puts T&T into NAGICO finals

Darren Bravo's second-consecutive half-century ensured Trinidad & Tobago advanced to their third consecutive Nagico Super50 final with a 54-run win over Guyana on Wednesday night at Queen's Park Oval. 
 
Bravo anchored the innings and added 85 for the third wicket with Kjorn Ottley after Guyana opted to field in a rematch of the 2015 final.
 
John-Rus Jagessar then took three wickets as Guyana were all out for 205.
 
Trinidad & Tobago await the winner of Thursday's semi-final between Barbados and Windward Islands.
 
Trinidad & Tobago 259 for 9 (Bravo 95, Ramdin 43, Permaul 3-56) beat Guyana 205 (Bramble 51, Jaggesar 3-36) by 54 runs
Trinidad and Tobago's National Futsal team will kick off their Caribbean Football Union (CFU) qualifying campaign against Antigua/Barbuda in Cuba today.
 
T&T will need to top the group to automatically qualify for the CONCACAF Finals which will be held in Costa Rica in May. 
 
T&T, coached by Clayton Morris, faces Guyana in their second outing on Saturday and Curacao a day later.
At least three Full Member boards have written to the ICC expressing concern over their current players asking for no objection certificates to participate in the Masters Champions League (MCL), which was approved as a Twenty20 event meant strictly for retired players. 
 
The ICC has warned that "actions of those involved with the MCL in seeking current player participation" is "unacceptable".
 
It is understood that the three aggrieved members are the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB), Cricket South Africa (CSA), and the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB).
Kraigg Brathwaite's unbeaten 80 off 120 balls followed up a dominant spin bowling performance by Barbados to see off Windward Islands by seven wickets in the second Nagico Super50 semi-final on Thursday night at Queen's Park Oval to set up a rematch of the 2014 final between Barbados and reigning title-holders Trinidad & Tobago.
 
Eight of the ten wickets in the Windwards innings fell to spin as they struggled to 175 after choosing to bat first. 
 
Sulieman Benn claimed his third four-for of the tournament to lead the way in the field for Barbados but was well-supported by offspinner Ashley Nurse and fellow left-armer Jomel Warrican who took two wickets each.
 
Live coverage of the final is on Talk City 91.1FM beginning at 115pm on Saturday.
Veteran midfielder Marvin Oliver has vowed to take legal actions against Central FC after he claimed to have been sacked without reason recently.
 
The termination letter was handed to him by assistant coach Kevin Jeffreys on Tuesday before a training session at the practice pitch of the Ato Boldon Stadium in Couva.
 
The letter quoted club coach Dale Saunders as saying the firing was based on a request by the player, as he wanted to move on to another club.

Narine targets February ICC test

West Indies spinner Sunil Narine received a $35,000 boost from the Ministry of Sport on Wednesday to assist with remedial work on his bowling action. 
 
The off-spinner expects that by mid-February he will complete the ICC test on his action which could open the way for his return to international cricket.
 
Narine was banned from international cricket after he was called during a One-day International series in Sri Lanka last November.

Somerset resign Chris Gayle

Somerset have re-signed West Indies batsman Chris Gayle for six matches in this summer's T20 Blast competition.
 
Earlier this month, the 36-year-old was fined £4,900 after asking a TV reporter for a date in a live interview while playing for Melbourne Renegades in Australia's Big Bash League.
 
He later apologised but said the reaction was "out of proportion".
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