Lazio into Cup quarters
A double by Colombian Brayan Perea handed holders Lazio a place in the Italian Cup quarter-finals on Tuesday as they beat fellow Serie A side Parma 2-1 in Rome. Perea, 20, grabbed the winner in stoppage time for a virtually second-string Lazio side. He had opened the score, only for Frenchman Jonathan Biabiany to equalize for the visitors. Lazio, who have won the trophy five times in the past 16 seasons, will play either SSC Napoli or Atalanta BC — who were to play yesterday — in the last eight. Also yesterday, Mauro Tassotti was to take charge of AC Milan’s game against second-division La Spezia, although not even victory will boost his chances of having the job on a permanent basis. Former Dutch international midfielder Clarence Seedorff announced earlier on Tuesday he had been hired as the replacement for Massimiliano Allegri, who was fired on Monday.
Fitzpatrick quits university
Top-ranked amateur Matthew Fitzpatrick, widely regarded as British golf’s hottest prospect, has quit university in the US to pursue his career back in his native England. The 19-year-old Fitzpatrick followed the path taken by compatriot Luke Donald by joining Northwestern University in Chicago last year, after a successful summer in which he won the US Amateur and the silver medal in the British Open for being the top amateur. In a statement released by Northwestern, Fitzpatrick says he has opted to “dedicate 100 percent of my time to the game and have decided to withdraw from university in the US.” England Golf said on Tuesday that Fitzpatrick’s plans “are to remain as an amateur golfer for the foreseeable future,” rather than turn professional. Fitzpatrick has qualified to play in this year’s Masters, US Open and the British Open.
Holt loaned to Villa
Wigan Athletic striker Grant Holt has been loaned to Aston Villa until the end of the season, the Premier League club announced on Tuesday. Holt, 32, joined second-tier Wigan from Norwich City for a reported fee of ￡2 million (US$3.3 million) in July, but has scored only two goals in his 21 appearances to date. The move to Villa Park reunites him with Villa manager Paul Lambert, who was Holt’s manager at Norwich for three years. Grant scored 53 goals in 92 games under Lambert at Norwich and the Villa manager said that he was excited about renewing their collaboration.
Matri loaned to Fiorentina
Serie A side ACF Fiorentina moved to resolve an injury crisis affecting their strikers by signing Italian international striker Alessandro Matri on loan from rivals AC Milan on Tuesday. Matri will fill the hole left by injuries to Giuseppe Rossi, leading scorer in Serie A with 14 goals, and German international Mario Gomez. “There are some minor details to eke out and then I will be available for the coach,” Matri told ViolaChannel.tv. “I am hungry to play and to score a lot of goals,” added the 29-year-old, who has played just six times for Milan this term, scoring once, and has become the target of abuse from the fans. Matri will sign a six-month contract, with no option for Fiorentina to buy him. Fiorentina have been searching for a striker since Rossi was injured on Jan. 5, while Gomez has been out of action since virtually the start of the season. According to the Italian press, Fiorentina are also on the verge of signing on loan Brazilian forward Anderson from English champions Manchester United.