***CRICKET…Kieran Powell, who last played for the Windies in June 2014, is in Bradenton, Florida, preparing for a tryout day at the IMG Academy on January 13.
He will showcase his batting and fielding skills in a bid to be signed by a Major League Baseball franchise.
Having fallen out with the West Indies cricket board, Powell is committed to ensuring the move is a success.
***Shimron Hetmyer has been named captain of West Indies for the Under-19 World Cup to be held in Bangladesh in January-February 2016.
Hetmyer, who was also featured in the 2014 edition of the tournament in the United Arab Emirates, is one of two players along with Alzarri Joseph, the pacer, to have first-class experience.
Hetmyer made his first-class debut for Guyana in April 2014, and has played five matches since.
***England have "a way to go" to find the consistency needed to top the Test rankings, says coach Trevor Bayliss.
A thumping 241-run victory in the first Test in South Africa was England's sixth win in 14 matches this year.
They regained the Ashes in the summer but lost to Pakistan in the UAE and drew with New Zealand and West Indies.
***FOOTBALL…National Senior Men's Team midfielder Keron Cummings underwent surgery at the Port of Spain General Hospital on Wednesday morning.
CUmmings, who suffered a gunshot wound on Sunday, had been warded since then prior to surgery which was performed by Dr Marlon Mencia and his medical team at the hospital.
TTFA Medical consultant Dr Mario John, who is an orthopedic surgeon based in Orlando, was able to observe the procedure.
***Lionel Messi scored on his 500th Barcelona appearance as Luis Enrique's side finished a magnificent 2015 on top of the La Liga table.
Heiko Westermann's own-goal - after Neymar's controversial penalty had hit the bar - gave Barca the lead.
Messi recovered from a knock which forced him to go off for treatment to double the lead before Luis Suarez scored twice after the interval.
Barca finish 2015 with 180 goals in all competitions, a Spanish record.
***GOLF…Sachin Kumar finished tied fourth in the Junior Orange Bowl golf tournament which ended yesterday.
He was competing against some of the top junior golfers in the world in Orlando.
Kumar totaled 285 (one over par) and finished five strokes behind the overnight leader and eventual winner Kristoffer Reitan of Norway.
***ATHLETICS…Jamaican sprint star Usain Bolt beat professional tennis player Novak Djokovic and Argentine footballer Lionel Messi to take the International Sports Press Association (AIPS) Best Male Athlete 2015 Award.
The AIPS said that in a year dominated by athletics feats and tennis dominance, Bolt and American tennis star Serena Williams were voted the best athletes this year by a panel of sports journalists from 91 countries.
Bolt, regarded as the fastest man on earth, secured 804 votes in the AIPS Best Athlete poll, followed by Djokovic with 774 votes, and Argentina and FC Barcelona's Messi with 380 votes.
***AND IN BOXING…Manny Pacquiao is set to return to the ring with a fight against Timothy Bradley in Las Vegas on 9 April, according to promoter Bob Arum.
Pacquiao, 37, has not fought since he was convincingly beaten on points by Floyd Mayweather in May.
Arum claims the Filipino's fight against WBO welterweight champion Bradley, 32, is a "done deal".