Germany-based outdoor wear and equipment producer Jack Wolfskin has appointed MARKUS BAUM as footwear director with immediate effect. The 39-year-old replaces JOCHEN ROLLE, who headed the department for the last 11 years and is leaving the company due to personal reasons. Baum previously worked as brand director for Eastern Europe at adidas and will report in his new position to CMO ELKE STEIN (Jack Wolfskin). ... National Rugby League Sydney Roosters U20 coach PAUL GREEN "will take charge of North Queensland next season" after being appointed as NEIL HENRY's replacement. Green "gained the nod" over Manly assistant coach BRAD ARTHUR, Melbourne's KEVIN WALTERS and TRENT BARRETT and Brisbane's KRISTIAN WOOLF (SYDNEY MORNING HERALD, 10/1).
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Brazilian handball side Sao Caetano player LUCAS SOUZA died on Tuesday of a heart attack at the age of 24 (EFE, 10/1). ... JOHN TOMIC's descent "into tennis infamy continues with confirmation the notorious coach will be blocked from attending the 2014 Australian Open." Tennis Australia CEO CRAIG TILEY said that Tomic "would be barred from receiving tournament accreditation" to coach his children BERNARD and SARA at the Jan. 13-26 major. And, for the fourth time in as many Grand Slams, "security will be on alert to stop John Tomic entering Melbourne Park" (HERALD SUN, 10/2).
Melbourne Herald Sun's SAM EDMUND: "A lot of anger at the Carlton B&F over the Buddy to Sydney affair. Malthouse: "It's a bloody disgrace.""
Sky News' PAUL KELSO: "Great headline on France Football 2022 coverage: Qatarclysme"
London Guardian's OWEN GIBSON: Mo Farah the only Brit among 20 male and female nominations for world athlete of the year. Got to be in with a good shout of winning it.
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