BRIEFLY

Nadal returns

SPAIN’S Rafael Nadal returned to action with a 6-2 6-2 6-3 Davis Cup win over Germany’s Philip Kohlschreiber on Friday to set a record for the longest winning streak in the competition’s history. World number one Nadal had not played since he retired from his Australian Open quarter-final against Marin Cilic in January with a leg injury, but made light work of Kohlschreiber to draw five-time winners Spain level at 1-1 in the tie.

Missed chance

PARIS St Germain missed out on a chance to secure the Ligue 1 title at the weekend as they could only salvage a 1-1 draw at St Etienne and finished the game with 10 men on Friday. Remy Cabella’s first-half goal was cancelled out by a Mathieu Debuchy own goal in stoppage time. Presnel Kimpembe hampered his team’s chances when he was sent off shortly before the break.

4-week ban

England and Sale Sharks winger Denny Solomona has been banned for four weeks after being found guilty of verbally abusing Worcester Warriors flyhalf Jamie Shillcock, the Rugby Football Union (RFU) said on Friday. Referee Andrew Jackson’s microphone picked up Shillcock complaining that he had twice been the target of an alleged “homophobic slur” made by Solomona during Sale’s 58-25 Premiership win over Worcester last month.

High hopes

TRIPOLI – Libya are hoping a three-day visit by a FIFA delegation will lead to a lifting of the ban on hosting international football matches in the strife-torn country. The delegation watched a first division match in Tripoli on Wednesday and have toured stadium facilities as Libya hope to persuade world football’s governing body to overturn the five-year ban.

Claim dismissed

Chelsea head coach Antonio Conte dismissed his former Juventus teammate Gianluca Vialli’s claim that he “cannot wait to leave” the Premier League club, and reaffirmed his commitment to seeing out his contract. Vialli made the comment in his role as a pundit for Sky Sports Italia during Chelsea’s 3-1 defeat by Tottenham Hotspur on Sunday that left Conte’s team eight points behind Spurs in the race to secure Champions League football next season.

Acquitted

BELFAST – Ireland rugby international Paddy Jackson on Friday said he was ashamed of the distress caused to a woman he met at a party in 2016 in an incident that led to a trial for rape in which he was acquitted. Jackson, 26, and fellow Ireland international Stuart Olding, 25, were found not guilty of raping the woman in Jackson’s home in the early hours of June 28, 2016.

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