RUGBY UNION: Former Wales scrum-half Dwayne Peel and Samoan international Anthony Perenise are to join Bristol next season. Peel, 32, who amassed 76 caps and was part of Grand Slam victories in 2005 and 2008, will leave Sale Sharks in June after agreeing a two-year contract. “Dwayne’s decision to join us is a major coup and a real indication of the direction we want to go in,” Bristol director of rugby Andy Robinson said. Prop Perenise will leave Bath Rugby to join Bristol at the end of the season. The 31-year-old Samoan international joined Bath in 2011. He has made nearly 70 appearances since arriving from New Zealand Super Rugby franchise Hurricanes and has started at both loosehead and tighthead this season. “It’s been a tough decision to make but I feel that signing for Bristol is the right move for me and my family,” said Perenise.
FOOTBALL: Bristol City have completed the signing of defender Karleigh Osborne. The 25-year-old has agreed a two-and-a-half-year contract to make his loan signing from Millwall permanent.
FOOTBALL: Defender Connor Goldson has extended his loan stay at Cheltenham Town from Shrewsbury Town for another month. The 21-year-old has so far made three starts and one substitute appearance for the Robins. His initial month's loan expired on January 4.
HORSE RACING: Next Sensation is unlikely to run again before the Cheltenham Festival, with the Arkle Trophy “an option” for the rapidly-improving chaser. Michael Scudamore’s seven-year-old won at Plumpton in October off 105 and hacked up over Christmas at Doncaster off a mark of 133. “The owners are keen to run at Cheltenham so I’d be surprised if he ran before then,” said the Herefordshire trainer.
FOOTBALL: Police are examining anti-Semitic tweets posted after an Arsenal-Spurs clash that saw winger Theo Walcott and St John Ambulance staff pelted with missiles. Scotland Yard confirmed that it is assessing the messages, that referred to the Holocaust, and liaising with both clubs over objects that were thrown.
SKIING: Reigning Olympic downhill champion Lindsey Vonn has admitted defeat in her battle to recover from injury and defend her title in Sochi next month. Vonn has been struggling to recover from a serious right knee injury she sustained in the first race of the 2013 World Championships in Schladming last February.
CRICKET: Michael Clarke’s Ashes winners paraded their spoils in front of an adoring Australian public, and Prime Minister Tony Abbott, at a reception beside the Sydney Opera House. A replica urn and crystal trophy were in attendance, along with Australia’s ’unchangeables’ – the same XI who beat England in every Test – and thousands of delighted supporters cheering their heroes. Clarke told them of the players’ pride at whitewashing the tourists, and Prime Minister Abbott spoke of a “champion” team who had “whipped” England.
GYMNASTICS: Triple Olympic medallist Louis Smith has put his retirement plans on hold and declared his intention to represent England at the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow later this year.
BASKETBALL: British NBA star Luol Deng has left the Chicago Bulls after being traded to the Cleveland Cavaliers.
TENNIS: Women’s top seed Agnieszka Radwanska and former world number one Caroline Wozniacki suffered shock second-round exits at the Apia International in Sydney. Flamboyant American qualifier Bethanie Mattek-Sands stunned Radwanska, the world number five, with a 7-5 6-2 win in an hour and 32 minutes, breaking in seven of the Pole’s 10 service games. Wozniacki, who had to dig deep to see off Germany’s Julia Goerges in the first round, was edged out by Lucie Safarova in two close sets.