MILAN (AP): Udinese stunned Juventus by winning 1-0 in Turin yesterday, as the Italian champions’ bid for a record-equalling fifth successive league title started with its first loss in 48 Serie A home matches. Juventus dominated but were unable to finish any of their many chances, and Udinese made the host team pay when Cyril Thereau scored 12 minutes from time with one of his side’s few opportunities. The Bianconeri’s last league defeat at the Juventus Stadium was on January 6, 2013, against Sampdoria. “The result leaves a slightly sour taste,” Juventus coach Massimiliano Allegri said. “We need to be more confident in our ability and to not lose heart when we don’t score. The players did everything required of them for 70 minutes, apart from scoring.” It was Stefano Colantuono’s first match in charge of Udinese – although his 200th as coach in the top flight. “Juventus forces you to defend. You have to be good at hitting them on the few sniffs of a chance you get,” Colantuono said. “That’s what we did. It’s not easy winning here … . Our spirit is to fight for every ball and you saw that.” In the evening matches, Fiorentina eased past 10-man AC Milan 2-0, while Sassuolo beat Napoli for the first time in Serie A, coming from behind to win 2-1. Inter Milan snatched a 1-0 win over 10-man Atalanta when on-loan Manchester City striker Stevan Jovetic curled a stunning strike into the top right corner in the third minute of stoppage time. Newly promoted Carpi missed a penalty in its first-ever match in Serie A as they lost 5-2 at Sampdoria, which had David Ivan sent off late on. Frosinone was also playing in the top flight for the first time in their history and lost 2-1 at home to Torino, despite taking the lead in the seventh minute through Danilo Soddimo. Elsewhere, Chievo Verona won 3-1 at Empoli, and Palermo beat Genoa 1-0 with a stoppage-time strike from Abdelhamid El Kaoutari.
Meanwhile, Ms. Grange made an impassioned plea for a collaborative effort to revive test cricket in the West Indies, noting that the game was in need of urgent attention regionally Story Highlights Minister of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport, Hon. Olivia Grange, has proposed the creation of a Twenty20 (T20) cricket tournament for women in the region, similar to the format played by their male counterparts in the Caribbean Premier League (CPL). “This is my challenge to you. It’s time to expand access and opportunities for women in cricket in our region,” the Minister emphasized. Minister of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport, Hon. Olivia Grange, has proposed the creation of a Twenty20 (T20) cricket tournament for women in the region, similar to the format played by their male counterparts in the Caribbean Premier League (CPL).She said the region’s women cricketers would benefit significantly from the exposure and experience to be gained against the background of a global viewership of more than 130 million for the CPL, which is contested by six franchise teams.The Minister was speaking at a breakfast meeting with members of defending CPL champions, Jamaica Tallawahs, as well as organisers and sponsors of the tournament at the Melbourne Cricket Club in Kingston on Thursday, August 24.Ms. Grange noted that the CPL sponsors were pleased and encouraged by the fact that the CPL, which started in 2013, provides the region’s young male cricketers, in particular, with the opportunity to advance their careers.She said in light of this, the organisers should give consideration to providing a similar platform to enable the Caribbean’s young women cricketers to do likewise, both regionally and internationally.“This is my challenge to you. It’s time to expand access and opportunities for women in cricket in our region,” the Minister emphasized.She also congratulated the Tallawahs for being the only team to win the CPL twice, and for positioning themselves to secure a third hold on the title this year.Meanwhile, Ms. Grange made an impassioned plea for a collaborative effort to revive test cricket in the West Indies, noting that the game was in need of urgent attention regionallyIn this regard, the Minister proposed that all stakeholders, including administrators, players, governments and journalists, form a coalition to chart a course aimed at returning the West Indies to the pinnacle of the five-day format of the sport globally.“All interested parties have to knock heads to bring about the change we need. I give my commitment that I am ready to be part of the coming together in search of (a solution to revive test cricket in the) West Indies. We owe it to the people of the Caribbean and the rest of the world who have experienced the pleasures of cricket by watching the West Indies,” Ms. Grange said.