Serie A side Udinese fired coach LUIGI DELNERI on Tuesday and "immediately replaced him" with MASSIMO ODDO. Oddo led Pescara to promotion to Serie A in '16, but was fired the following February. Udinese is "three points above the relegation zone" (AP, 11/21). ... Essex County Cricket Club appointed assistant coach ANTHONY MCGRATH as its new head coach. Ex-Yorkshire and England all-rounder McGrath joined Essex in Feb. '16 as assistant to CHRIS SILVERWOOD, who left his position on Nov. 1 to become England's bowling coach (BBC, 11/20).