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Ferrari fans were furious with Max Verstappen as he crossed the finish line at Monza (Image: Getty)

Red Bull duo Max Verstappen and Christian Horner have responded to angry Ferrari fans who booed the F1 champion at the 2022 Italian Grand Prix.

Local fans in Monza were outraged when the final five laps had to be completed behind the following safety car Daniel Ricciardo‘s later crash.

They had hoped to see Ferrari emerge victorious at their home race, but Dutchman Verstappen looked on course for victory despite the safety car incident.

The current world champion went from seventh to second after the first five laps, significantly faster than polesitter Charles Leclerc, who was content with second place, while British Mercedes driver George Russell was third.

Fans booed Verstappen as he crossed the finish line – on his fifth straight win – and the 24-year-old addressed the post-race safety car incident, admitting he was “unhappy”.

“We had a great race,” said Verstappen. “We were good on every terrain. Unfortunately we didn’t manage to restart in the end, but overall we had a really good day.”

Red Bull Team Principal Horner added: “We don’t want to win a race under a safety car.

“It’s something we’ve talked about for many, many years that they should stop racing.

“There was enough time to get the race going. I think they picked up the wrong cars, picked up George Russell.

“We had the faster car, we would have liked to have won the race on track, not behind the safety car. We share all fans’ disappointment because it took away a grandstand finish.

“That goes against the principles of what we discussed earlier. The biggest losers were the fans. We need to get on with it quickly.

“I think they had more than enough time to get started. We have to go through the details but there was enough time for me, we had a car that wasn’t in a barrier but right next to the track.’

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Bruno Fernandes praises Man Utd teammate Christian Eriksen for ‘making his game easier’ | Football

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Christian Eriksen has been in impressive form since joining Manchester United (Image: Getty Images)

Bruno Fernandes celebrated Manchester United Summer newcomer Christian Eriksen for making his game easier thanks to his overview and passing ability.

The Dane arrived on a free transfer in the summer and has fitted in impressively with Erik ten Hag’s side in midfield and has quickly become a fixture of the Dutch manager’s new team at Old Trafford.

There were some questions about how the United midfield would work with Eriksen and Fernandes but things are going well for them at the moment and the Portugal star finds the Denmark international a perfect complement to his game.

“It’s really good to play with Christian [Eriksen], he’s a player who finds the passes, finds the pockets and obviously makes my game easier because he finds me moving between the lines. It’s not easy,” said Fernandes.

“I’m really happy to have him on the team because, like I said, he’s a top-class player.

“He’s a player who has shown in the past that he has really good qualities in the Premier League, in the Italian league, even for his national team.”

Bruno Fernandes is a key figure in United’s resurgence under Erik ten Hag (Image: Getty Images)

Eriksen shone for Denmark this week as his country beat France in the Nations League and France boss Didier Deschamps was also full of praise for him.

“There is one attacking player who even surprised me, and not just because of what could have been dramatic for him, and that is of course Christian Eriksen,” said Deschamps.

“He’s always been someone with remarkable technical ability… but the number of games he’s playing, this ability to even recover is impressive.”

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Allison Schmitt, Ten-Time Olympic Medalist on dealing with harmonal changes

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Allison Schmitt, diagnosed as anemic in 2010 and using an IUD for eight years, has spoken about a scientific way to deal with the hormonal changes that female athletes’ bodies undergo as they strive for peak performance and open up to an awareness of it available at www.sporttechie.com. She also spoke about concerns about stopping birth control medication once exercise is no longer a priority.

One of only seven American swimmers to compete in four Olympics, the freestyle specialist won 10 medals — four golds, three silvers and three — after competing in the Beijing, London, Rio and Tokyo games Bronze medals – including five podiums in 2012. In The Pittsburgh-born Londoner set Olympic and American records, winning gold in the 200-meter dash and contributing to a world record in the 4×100-meter relay.

Schmitt was trained by the renowned American trainer Bob Bowman, who also steered the career of Michael Phelps. However, it was a learning journey for both of them to delve into women’s health and combine that knowledge with excellence towards the end of their careers, much later than they would have liked to enter science.

“I needed that (scientific help) because of my performance at the time. I couldn’t finish the exercises. I wasn’t able to do exercises at the level I needed to do them at. And I mean it was like hands in the air. Bob and I have no information on women’s health, so teach us what we can [learn] and what will be beneficial. In the end it worked – we all worked together (she worked with blood test experts) – and the results started to improve. From where I was in March and April to where I was in Tokyo was a drastic difference and I don’t think we would have gotten there without the help,” she told sporttechie.

Accustomed to following the relentless intensity of training men do, she slowly unlearned the philosophy that brought her success but was not the healthiest. “Coming from a predominantly male training background, my mentality, which has given me a lot of success in sport in that background, is, ‘okay, head down, do it, you can do this.’ But I think there’s a big difference right now learning the difference between asserting something and getting the right help in that situation, but also the difference between men and women,” she said.

Katie Meili, Kelsi Worrell, Allison Schmitt and Natalie Coughlin of the United States celebrate winning the women’s 4x100m individual medley relay final in swimming during the 2015 Pan Am Games. (Photo: Reuters)

A fundamental biological question that Sport blithely ignored nagged at her. “Why do we train women like men? And why is all the research related to men when women and men are different people? How our body is built is completely different. It’s important to treat your body the way it’s built and to understand that [females] can use these hormones and the differences to their advantage, and they can be stronger than what they already are,” she noted.

Schmitt initially retired after the Rio 2016 Olympics and earned a master’s degree in social work from Arizona State. She reduced herself to part-time when she started swimming again in 2018 and is now on track to graduate in May.

Her early struggles were different. “I was diagnosed with anemia in 2010 and the only real cure for it, I was told, was an IUD to stop me bleeding. That’s all I knew, and I’ve been on a spiral for eight years. I got away from that by the end of 2018. I just wanted to see how my body would react. The myth goes that the only thing we really know about women’s health is that our bodies change every seven years. So I thought maybe my hormones had changed and I wouldn’t bleed as much anymore,” she told sporttechie.

Her fears extended beyond the playing career. “That was my thought process. Coming off birth control was essentially — I mean, I didn’t know what exactly an IUD was — my only question was, ‘I want kids one day. Will that stop me from having children?’ They said: ‘No, as soon as you stop you can have children.’ I didn’t really realize how serious the synthetic hormones (contraception) are and what they do to your body. When I stopped taking it, my body took a few months to get used to it because the synthetic progesterone was being produced for those eight years, and now my body is suddenly trying to produce it.

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Schmitt would remember getting into weekly blood counts. “I didn’t really know what was going on with my body and that’s how I got in touch with Keenan Robinson, the US Director of Sports Medicine. He brought me with Dr. Georgie and I’ve been working with her ever since. I was very involved. I spoke to Georgie almost every day. I would be on the phone with the whole team mainly on a weekly basis. It was like a team. We would just chat to make sure everything was okay. For what was needed, we would have blood work done. On the way to the Olympic trials, probably from October 2020 to May 2021, I went through a lot of health things and they helped me with that. And in the end, when I actually went back to full training, I got blood tests every Monday to check my cortisol levels and see how it was responding to the training,” she added.

Follow-up included nutrition, rest, and exercise. “But if that number was extremely low on Mondays, I would have to adjust training for that day or for that week. That was a different kind of challenge, I think, for my coach, Bob Bowman, just adjusting that based on the scientific numbers. That’s what I love about Orreco: everything is proven and scientifically based and not just opinion.”

Technology made its way into the health concerns of athletes, 50 percent of whom had rarely dealt with the menstrual problem.

“We look at it as four stages in a female athlete and yes there are different modalities that are ideal for her. But at the end of the day, we have our goals that we want to achieve and tailor to your needs, and your period requires no less work. I still put in the same amount of work, I just need to be more aware and learn how to perform better. Whether that’s nutrition, more rest, or more warm-up, whatever that is for the day, I, as an athlete, need to be educated on it. But also from the standpoint of being a coach and encouraging their athletes, I think there are many times when athletes are already being hard enough on themselves. And they will want to do better every week,” Sporttechie said.

The changes came in late, but Schmitt is happy. “I’m very passionate about posting this education just because I feel like I’ve learned so much about it. And if I’m learning this – I’m a 30-year-old woman and I’m just learning about my body – how many other women are going through the exact same thing? If we can get this information to children at a younger age, in high school and college, there are many obstacles that they will avoid throughout their careers and hopefully have more successful careers.”

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Tyson Fury aims fresh dig at Anthony Joshua and Oleksandr Usyk as he extends contract ‘deadline’

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Tyson Fury vs Anthony Joshua is not off the table yet (Picture: Getty Images)

Tyson Fury has mocked both Anthony Joshua and Oleksandr Usyk but also revealed that his “deadline” for AJ to sign against him has been extended.

The Gypsy King had set Monday as the deadline for Joshua to fight him on December 3, although all organizers involved said negotiations were progressing well but were ongoing.

With the coming and going of Monday, the fight appeared to be over, but now Fury has revealed he was persuaded by Frank Warren to extend his self-imposed “deadline” for discussions.

It now appears that Fury wants the contracts signed by the end of Thursday to keep hopes of the all-British fight alive, but whether or not that is now a prime deadline remains to be seen.

In a video posted to social media, Fury said: “Right Anthony Joshua, where do we start? The deadline was Monday, Frank Warren convinced me to keep it up for a few more days.

“Today is Thursday, and even though I knew you wouldn’t sign that contract, I allowed Frank to continue doing meetings with your team, your broadcasters and all of that.

“Now we have BT, DAZN and ESPN all on the same page. They’re happy with anything, ready for rock n roll.

Joshua is coming off back-to-back losses against Usyk (Image: Getty Images)

“You asked for a lot of things. You wanted to be a co-host if you are a volunteer challenger. I said give it to them.

“You wanted full transparency even though you are not an equal shareholder in this party. I said give them full transparency, I have nothing to hide, I’m not trying to rob anyone.

“Everything is clean and fair. Now Joshua the ball is really in your court, son.

“If you are a man and have any kind of dignity and pride in yourself, you will have this contract signed today.

‘That’s it. There are no more days, weeks, months. You’ve had the contract for over two weeks and you still haven’t signed it.

“Show the public that you really are the big coward I know you are and don’t sign it. I don’t care either way. It makes no difference to me at all. You’re a beaten man and I’m a world champion, I’ll throw you a massive bone.

“But I know I can punch you in the face, so I’m willing to give you a chance.

“There is nothing left to do, everyone is happy, get your team on mine, they will be available all day. Get that contract signed today, you big bitch.

“Let the British fans have what they want. There’s no more running, you gotta fight me, you can’t escape, the Fury is coming, b***h!’

That speech came after he mocked Joshua by responding to a report that WBA, IBF, WBO and IBO heavyweight champion Usyk AJ would be helping train for a fight with Fury after the Ukrainian defeated the Brits struck twice.

‘Maybe you can lend him your middleweight nuts?!’ Fury tweeted. ‘@usykaa don’t be 🐱 like your big buddy!’

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