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Tractor Boys in top gear with Mick McCarthy

At the start of his first full season with Ipswich Town, manager Mick McCarthy targeted a top six finish for the club that has struggled under a succession of managers, including Roy Keane, who recently quit as assistant manager at Aston Villa to concentrate on his job as number two to Martin O'Neill with Ireland.

Despite being financially constrained in the transfer market, McCarthy has the club believing that automatic qualification could be on the cards.

I keep saying, "Look after the performances and the results will come," says McCarthy. "Confidence is high."

McCarthy took Ireland to the knock-out stage of the 2002 World Cup, despite not having Roy Keane available for the finals.

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With just two podium appearances last season, it was a miserable F1 season for Ferrari, the worst since 1980. New team boss Maurizio Arrivabene is aiming for a minimum of two race wins in 2015.

The shake-up at Ferrari sees the departure of the engineering director and also the chief designer. Kimi Raikkonen remains from last season.

With Sebastian Vettel replacing Fernando Alonso, the team has two world champion drivers. Arrivabene promises a competitive year ahead. "The rule must remain that your team mate is your main opponent," he says.

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Since he replaced champion jockey Davy Russell as stable jockey at Gigginstown in January, Bryan Cooper has a tough time with injuries.

A fall on the second day of the Cheltenham Festival resulted in a nasty compound leg fracture that required bone grafting.

The Kerryman was out of competition for seven months. At Leopardstown on Sunday, his Lexus Steeplechase win on Road To Riches may have grabbed the headlines but his thrilling Grade One win on the Sandra Hughes-trained Lieutenant Colonel in a head-to-head with Davy Russell on Jetson was worth the price of admission.

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Zlatan Ibrahimovic, who's said to want away from PSG and back to Serie A, caused outrage among animal lovers in Sweden when it was reported that he'd shot a 500KG moose on a hunting trip.

Curiously, in a TV commercial for Volvo, Ibrahimovic is shown looking down the sights and taking aim at a majestic-looking stag but not pulling the trigger.

Presumably, a bloodied dead animal was not considered an attractive selling point by the manufacturers.


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