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ROME---Lazio bounced back
from two debilitating losses to
beat Napoli 4-2 yesterday and
secure a spot in the Champions
League playoffs on the final day
of the Serie A season.
Lazio finished third, five points
ahead of Fiorentina and six ahead
of Napoli, qualifying for the final
playoff round for the lucrative
European competition in August.
Nigeria midfielder Eddy Onazi
scored the winner five minutes
from time after both sides were
reduced to 10 men.
Marco Parolo and Antonio
Candreva gave Lazio a 2-0 lead
at halftime but Gonzalo Higuain
scored twice early in the second
half to draw Napoli level.
Napoli would have finished
third with a win and the southern
club had its chance but Higuain
sent a penalty high in the 76th.
Miroslav Klose added a headed
goal for Lazio in added time.
Lazio lost the Italian Cup final
to Juventus 2-1 after extra time
last week then was beaten by city
rival Roma with the same score
in a heated derby on Monday.
Napoli coach Rafa Benitez
announced on Friday that this
would be his last match with the
club. He leaves on a sour note,
amid speculation that he will
soon be announced as Carlo
Ancelotti s replacement at Real
Juventus clinched its fourth
straight title weeks ago, and Roma
secured second with the derby
Roma finished 17 points behind
Juventus and one ahead of Lazio
after getting beat 2-1 at home by
Palermo in its final match, which
was mostly meaningless.
Franco Vazquez put Palermo
ahead with a first-half penalty,
Roma s 38-year-old captain
Francesco Totti equalized in the
85th and Andrea Belotti scored
the winner for Palermo in added
Fiorentina moved ahead of
Napoli with a 3-0 win over 10-
man Chievo Verona, with goals
from Josip Ilicic, Federico
Bernardeschi and Milan Badelj.
Maurco Icardi scored twice and
also had an assist in Inter Milan s
4-3 win over Empoli to finish
joint top scorer with Hellas
Verona s Luca Toni---with 22 goals
each, two more than Juve s Carlos
Toni, who turned 38 on Tues-
day, became the oldest "capoc-
annoniere" in Serie A history.
Dario Hubner, who was joint top
scorer with David Trezeguet at
the age of 35 in 2001-02, was the
previous oldest leader.
Also, it was: Sampdoria 2,
Parma 2; Sassuolo 3, Genoa 1;
Torino 5, Cesena 0; and Cagliari
4, Udinese 3.
The next Serie A season is slat-
ed to start August 22-23.
Napoli's Gonzalo Higuaín reacts after failing to score on a penalty kick as Lazio's
Mauricio celebrates in background during a Serie A soccer match between Napoli
and Lazio, at the San Paolo stadium in Naples, Italy, yesterday. AP PHOTO
MOTHERWELL---Rangers failed to
secure a return to Scotland s top
league yesterday, losing a playoff
against Motherwell that ended with
a mass brawl and three red cards bran-
dished after the final whistle.
The record 54-time Scottish cham-
pions were demoted to the country s
bottom tier in 2012 because of finan-
cial problems. They won two succes-
sive promotions and qualified for a
playoff for the right to return to the
Rangers lost 3-1 in the first leg to
Motherwell on Thursday, and were
beaten 3-0 in the return match to
lose 6-1 on aggregate.
Rangers substitute Bilel Mohsni, a
Tunisia international, kicked and
threw punches at Motherwell s Lee
Erwin after the final whistle, sparking
a mass brawl.
Scottish police said the incident is
Mass brawl as Rangers miss promotion
League club Leicester launched an
investigation yesterday after a news-
paper obtained a video that allegedly
shows three of its players in an orgy
with Thai women, one of whom was
The players---Tom Hopper, James
Pearson and Adam Smith---have
returned to England early from the
club s tour of Thailand and Leicester
said they "would like to convey their
sincere apologies for their behaviour---
to the women involved in the incident,
to the club and its owners, to the
club s fans and to their families."
Leicester is owned by Thai billion-
aires Vichai and Aiyawatt Srivad-
dhanaprabha. The club was touring
Thailand after securing its status in
the Premier League last weekend.
The video of the incident was
obtained by British newspaper The
Sunday Mirror. Pearson is the son of
Leicester s manager, Nigel Pearson.
Leicester probes racial abuse allegations
a place in next season s Champions
League by beating PAOK 2-0 in a
Greek league playoff game yester-
Haris Mavrias and Nikos Karelis
scored in the first half for Panathi-
naikos, which had another goal dis-
allowed in the second half and was
never seriously threatened.
In the other playoff game, Asteras
beat Atromitos 1-0.
After four playoff rounds, Panathi-
naikos has 14 points, Asteras six,
PAOK four and Atromitos two. Two
more rounds remain, to be played
next Wednesday and Sunday.
Panathinaikos grabs Champions League berth
LISBON---Sporting Lisbon over-
came an early sending off and a two-
goal deficit in the final minutes
before beating Braga in a penalty
shootout to win the Portuguese Cup
Braga had a perfect start, seeing
Sporting lose a player to a red card
and scoring on its first two strikes.
But Islam Slimani and substitute Fredy
Montero scored with less than seven
minutes left and Sporting proved the
steadier side under the pressure of
Sporting was left a man down in
the 15th at the National Stadium when
right back Cedric Alves earned a direct
red card for fouling Djavan Ferreira.
Braga striker Eder Macedo con-
verted the resulting penalty kick
shortly before Sporting sent on
defender Miguel Lopes for midfielder
Joao Mario to replenish its back line.
Sporting beats Braga on penalties
Lazio secures Champions League spot
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