Phil Jackson says he wouldn’t have wanted to coach the New York Knicks — even if the team asked.“I wasn’t gonna take that job; that’s for sure,” he told HBO’s “Real Sports” in an interview scheduled to air Tuesday night.Jackson — who won 11 championships as coach of the Bulls and Lakers — said Knicks owner James Dolan never called him about the job.Jackson, 66, was a member of two Knicks championship teams and said he has thought about coaching in New York, but wouldn’t want to lead the current team because it’s “clumsy.”“They don’t fit together well. (Amare) Stoudemire) doesn’t fit well with Carmelo (Anthony),” said Jackson, when asked to expand on “clumsy.” “Stoudemire’s a really good player. But he’s gotta play in a certain system and a way.“Carmelo has to be a better passer. And the ball can’t stop every time it hits his hands. They need to have someone come in that can kinda blend that group together.”Jackson, who retired after the 2010-11 season, was heavily rumored to be a candidate for the position before the Knicks eventually removed Mike Woodson’s interim tag and give him a multiyear contract in late May.Jackson said the Knicks and Orlando Magic openings this off-season were not the positions to bring him back to the bench.He says he wasn’t interested in Orlando because it’s too far from his Montana home.
Andrew Bynum, the new Philadelphia 76ers center, made it through the 2011-12 season without injury. It was important for him because he needed the shed the developing image of a potential-filled but injury-prone big man.Not only did he avoid injury, but Bynum flourished, making the all-star team and becoming an important piece to the Los Angles Lakers’ success. Now a Sixer after being a part of the blockbuster trade that brought Dwight Howard to the Lakers, Bynum is taking steps to assure his knees hold up next season. (It’s also important to note that he will be a free agent after the season, and a healthy and productive year could land him an astronomical contract in Philadelphia or somewhere else.)While playing with Kobe Bryant, Bynum, 24, heard the superstar guard espouse the virtues of a radical, non-surgical treatment he had on his knee that wrought tremendous results. And according to the Philadelphia Inquirer, Bynun will travel to Germany to have the same thing done on his knee. The procedure is called Orthokine/Regenokine and it is a derivation of platelet-rich plasma therapy that Bryant, Grant Hill and baseball’s Alex Rodriguez all tried with great results.Bynum has been plagued by knee injuries throughout his career, but supposedly is not suffering from any knee injuries at the moment. But Bryant spoke so adamantly about it — and Bynum saw first-hand the buoyancy in Bryant’s gait after the treatment that he was impressed. So Bynum is looking at the procedure as a preventative measure and an opportunity to get his knees to feel better and stronger..He played in 60 out of a possible 66 games during last season’s lockout-shortened campaign. The 7-footer averaged 18.7 points and 11.8 rebounds in 35.2 minutes per game, all career highs. His agent as indicated he will test the free-agent market next year. And it would be a lot more lucrative to do so coming off an injury-free season.
Former UCLA Bruins coach Ben Howland announced in March that he expected freshman forward Shabazz Muhammad to be “one and done,” and he was right. Muhammad announced Tuesday that he will enter the 2013 NBA Draft.The 20-year-old Muhammad was the Pac 12 co-freshman of the year after leading the Bruins in scoring with 17.9 points per game, which was fourth-best in the league. He was also named to the all-league first team and helped UCLA to a 25-10 record. With the help of Muhammad, the Bruins were the Pac-12 regular season champions and finished runner-up in the league tournament. However, they did not advance far in the NCAA tournament, losing to Minnesota in the second round.“I am so thankful for the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to play at UCLA and will always be proud to be a Bruin,” Muhammad said in a statement released by the school. “From a young age, I have dreamed of playing in the NBA, and I believe that this is the right time for me to move the next level.”The 6-foot-6 Muhammad was the prized recruit in Howland’s highly touted recruiting class. But Muhammad was forced to begin the season on the bench in street clothes amid an NCAA investigation. He was required to sit out three games and repay $1,600 in impermissible benefits, after the NCAA and UCLA found that he accepted travel and lodging during three unofficial visits to North Carolina and Duke.However, after sitting out those three games, he lived up to the expectations that had been placed upon him. Muhammad scored in double figures in 31 of 32 games and scored at least 20 points in 14 games.Muhammad thanked Howland, who was fired last month after 10 years at UCLA, in his statement saying it was an “honor” and “privilege” to play for him.Muhammad is expected to be a lottery pick when the NBA draft is held on June 27.
Edna Kiplagat of Kenya, who is also the defending champion, won the first gold medal of the world championships at Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow on Saturday, with an impressive late kick in the final meters of the women’s marathon.Kiplagat managed to acquire a substantial lead ahead of second-place winner Italy’s Valeria Straneo. Kiplagat won in 2 hours, 25 minutes, 44 seconds. Kayoko Fukushi of Japan was third.As the rest of the marathoners made their way through the course, few fans were present along the way to cheer them during a sweltering afternoon, with temperatures hovering around 86 degrees.With the near-empty stands, Saturday’s highlights will be left to Jamaican sprinter Usain Bolt as he begins his campaign for three gold medals. Bolt is likely to be the obvious winner in the 100- and 200-meters as teammate Yohan Black is out injured and American star Tyson Gay has been suspended after testing positive for banned substances.
So much for the idea of the Rockets standing firm and running things back for the 2019-20 season.Houston, after initially being described in reports as a longshot in Russell Westbrook trade talks, landed the Oklahoma City star Thursday night, edging out other suitors like the Miami Heat and Detroit Pistons. The move is undoubtedly a huge one: Westbrook joins the Rockets, while the rebuilding Thunder will take back an aging Chris Paul and pocket first-round picks in 2024 and 2026, along with two future pick swaps. If you’re counting, OKC has now picked up a total of eight first-round picks since this year’s draft alone.Many will likely struggle to understand this deal for Houston. But let’s not make this more complicated than it is: Rockets general manager Daryl Morey has always prioritized star talent over just about everything else. And Westbrook has that, even if he might make for a questionable fit.The first question that comes to mind: Is it really worth it to hand the rock to a ball-dominant player who is so much less efficient than James Harden is? Especially when that player occupies the same point-guard position, and can’t shoot the ball nearly as well as Paul, the man he’s replacing? The wide gap in defensive IQ between Paul and Westbrook is also worth pointing out, even if Westbrook’s athleticism is substantially greater than Paul’s ever was. (Maybe there’s a hope that Westbrook and Harden, longtime friends from their time in OKC, will play off each other well because of that prior experience together? Also: It’s hard to believe that the Thunder drafted three MVPs in a row, and now all three are on other rosters.)In Paul, the Rockets had a pretty steady secondary playmaker who could both play alongside Harden — even when they clashed — and maintain continuity with the same 1-on-1 playing style when the former MVP went to the bench for a breather. Houston mostly lived, and sometimes died, with that strategy — one that would have been tougher to deploy as Paul continued to slow down. One indication that Paul was beginning to lose a step: The cerebral point guard averaged 1.05 points per direct isolation play1Meaning a 1-on-1 play that results in a shot, a turnover or a foul. Among players with 250 such plays in each season. in 2016-17 and an NBA-high 1.15 points in 2017-18, according to data from Second Spectrum. But during the 2018-19 season, Paul saw his 1-on-1 numbers fall dramatically, down to 0.88 points per direct isolation.2Interestingly, Westbrook averaged 0.88 points per direct iso last season, too.But even with Paul slowing down, there are two areas where he still outplays Westbrook: He makes far fewer mistakes (Paul has a 4-to-1 assist-to-turnover ratio for his career, while Westbrook owns a 2-to-1 ratio), and he is vastly superior from the floor, having hit almost 38 percent from deep the past 10 seasons while Westbrook stands at just 31 percent over that span. That difference in shooting ability is a key distinction, given that the Rockets have been more reliant on the 3-point shot than any other NBA club in recent years.There are ways in which a move like this could pay off for Morey and the Rockets, though. Westbrook will turn 31 soon, and his relative durability the past few years is an obvious plus compared to Paul’s, who is 34 years old. (Paul’s contract expires a year sooner, but both deals carried roughly a $40 million annual price tag either way.) Westbrook will never be the shooter that Paul is, but Houston is banking on the fact that he’ll be just as good for the offense — if not better — because of his ability to create.There will be some other areas of concern, too. Harden and Westbrook rank No. 1 and No. 2 in the NBA in turnovers3Another stat Westbrook and Harden rank No. 1 and No. 2 in: single-season usage rate. Westbrook’s 2016-17 MVP season marked the highest usage rate the league has ever seen, at 41.7 percent. Harden’s 40.5 percent mark this past season ranks as the second-highest usage rate of all time. the past three years, with more than 1,100 giveaways each in that window. And Westbrook has a tendency to call his own number at times when he’s ice cold — particularly in the playoffs, even when he has a capable superstar teammate to help shoulder some of the burden.Still, in our story on Westbrook earlier this week, we mentioned that the OKC star ranked near the top of the NBA in drives per game and shot a career-best 65 percent at the rim, all while throwing an NBA-high 802 passes that led to 3-point attempts. Between the Rockets’ ample spacing and their perimeter scoring threats — two things the Thunder lacked — Houston may benefit from Westbrook’s explosive athleticism on offense.Even if Westbrook continues to be highly productive — if not triple-double-a-night productive — there are still so many questions we’ll be curious about. Will his contributions on both ends outweigh the steadiness the Rockets generally got from the older Paul? (Especially when our early projections pegged Houston as the best team in the West still.) Will Houston become an even more predictable two-headed monster than before? And what if this still isn’t enough to put the Rockets over the top?We know Morey’s gambling tendencies by now, and he’s content to get these answers later and change things down the line if need be. For now, though, the Rockets have another star alongside Harden, and if nothing else, it figures to make the team very interesting — probably even more than before.
When the Associated Press preseason Top 25 was released earlier this month, the names at the top were familiar. Clemson was first, Alabama second, and the rest of the top 10 was littered with recent contenders like Oklahoma, Georgia, Michigan, Ohio State and Notre Dame. But toward the bottom, there was a bit of a surprise. The Nebraska Cornhuskers were ranked No. 24 (with one voter putting them as high as No. 12) despite finishing each of the past two seasons at 4-8.That puts Nebraska in rare company. Since preseason polls began in 1950, only 31 teams have ever been ranked after a losing season, most recently Texas two years ago. And just five had a record worse than the Huskers.What makes Nebraska even more unusual is the sustained losing entering this season. Just nine other schools have been ranked in the preseason after consecutive losing seasons. None came off consecutive eight-loss seasons — or even had as many combined losses over the previous two years.So, why Nebraska? Do the Huskers deserve the early recognition?A lot of the excitement comes from Scott Frost, in his second year coaching Nebraska. In Frost’s second year at the University of Central Florida, just two years removed from a winless season, his team finished undefeated. Husker fans and the media seem to expect a similar second-year bump.Quarterback Adrian Martinez showed promise last season as a true freshman despite battling injuries. Just 19 years old, Martinez is in the top five of Heisman betting favorites.And in Frost’s first year, the Huskers did finish with a better team than the one that started — possibly only because the one that started was horrible. Nebraska began 0-6, the worst start in program history, before winning four of its last six and losing a one-score game to eventual Big Ten champion Ohio State — though the Huskers’ “signature win” was a touchdown-free 9-6 victory over Michigan State, which finished just 7-6 on the year.Despite finishing 2018 sixth in a weak Big Ten West division, Nebraska is getting a lot of attention, with some even saying it could be a title contender. The question is if that will translate to an improved team this season.Let’s look at the 31 teams who were ranked in the preseason poll after a losing season and see what we can learn from them. ✓✓ 171969UCLA3-7✓✓✓ 242002PSU5-6✓ 182012OSU6-7✓✓✓✓ 251999ASU5-6 191990UCLA3-7-1✓✓✓✓ 111989PSU5-6✓✓✓ 161960OSU3-5-1✓✓✓✓ 181954Oregon4-5-1 192011UGA6-7✓✓✓ 232006UT5-6✓✓✓✓ 252002UW5-7 81950Illinois3-4-2✓✓✓ 171977ASU4-7 201974A&M5-6✓ 181982ND5-6✓✓✓ 161995UCLA5-6✓✓✓ 181972Purdue3-7 Teams like Nebraska rarely rank in the preseasonEvery team that was ranked in the Associated Press preseason poll after a below .500 season 191958Pitt4-6✓✓ ✓ 181957ND2-8✓✓✓✓ ✓✓ 241991UCLA5-6✓✓ 251992Texas5-6✓✓✓ 231993Clemson5-6✓✓✓ You might think that teams with a new coach or quarterback would get the nod in the polls, with a new regime the sign of a turnaround to come. But, in fact, the opposite is true. Of those 31 ranked teams, 27 had the same coach as the previous season, and 23 had the same quarterback;1The primary passer from the previous year threw at least one pass that year. 61 percent kept both; not a single one had a new coach and a new quarterback. Voters may be expecting an improvement from teams keeping the same core.Most of these teams also didn’t have a “hot” finish to the prior season. Only UCLA in 1995 came in with three straight wins. Just six teams won their last game of the season (1990 UCLA had a tie) and the 31 teams averaged barely one win over the last three games and less than two wins over the last five.These teams do seem to get the benefit of the doubt from their pedigree, something Nebraska certainly has. More than 80 percent had won a championship at some point in team history, and more than half within the past 25 years. All but one played in a major conference.2Arizona State, 1977, was in the WAC. Nebraska seems to fit this category. Most voters probably still remember Nebraska’s three championships between 1994 and 1997, the last two when Frost was quarterback.Unlike Nebraska, however, most of the 31 ranked teams had a more recent track record of success, even within their two previous years. And the majority had a postseason top-10 ranking within just the previous five years. Nebraska, meanwhile, hasn’t won even its division since 2012 and has lost at least four games for 15 straight years.But history may be on Big Red’s side. Of those 30 other ranked teams, we would expect3Given their placement in the rankings, based on the historical share of teams at each preseason ranking that were ranked anywhere in the year’s final poll. 12 or 13 to be top 25 in the postseason. Sixteen were. And of the other nine that were ranked after two losing seasons, six finished top 20, and all finished with more wins than losses.The high hopes in Nebraska are a lot to live up to. But a significant turnaround wouldn’t be unprecedented. Five years ago, TCU went from 4-8 to 12-1 and very nearly made the college football playoff. In 2012, Ohio State rebounded from a 6-7 season to finish 12-0 under new head coach Urban Meyer (though the Buckeyes were ineligible for the postseason). And back in 1964, coming off a 2-7 season, Notre Dame and new head coach Ara Parseghian from Northwestern went 9-1 for a share of the national championship.A lot will have to go right for Nebraska to complete a major rise. We’ll soon find out if they’re up to the task. 242019Nebraska4-8✓ 252001Alabama3-8✓✓✓✓ ✓✓ 171958SMU4-5-1 252008Pitt5-7✓ rankYearSchoolprevious recordnew qb or coachever champsRecent top-10 finish.600+ YEAR BEFORE 232017Texas5-7✓✓ 251989OSU4-6-1✓✓ 211994Illinois5-6✓✓ 191959MSU3-5-1✓✓✓✓ Source: Sports-Reference.com 181987ND5-6✓✓
Junior outfielder Tre’ Gantt is greeted by teammates outside the dugout after scoring a run over the weekend in the Big Ten/Pac-12 Challenge in Surprise, Arizona. Credit: Courtesy of Press Pros MagazineFor the first time this season, the Ohio State baseball team will play a three-game weekend series against the same team rather than engage in a split-weekend series. After dropping three of the four games in the Big Ten/Pac-12 challenge over the weekend, the Buckeyes (3-5) will again travel south, this time to Buies Creek, North Carolina, to take on the Campbell University Camels (4-3). OSU coach Greg Beals said scheduling an away series this early was going to be valuable to the team in not only preparing for playing a full series in an away ballpark, but for playing against the same team three times in a weekend.“In a series, you get an opportunity to make adjustments as a team to compete against them the next day,” Beals said. “You also get to see what adjustments the other team is going to make. That’s going to give you an idea (of) what you think your opponents are going to do in the future, so you can see how other teams go about playing you as well.”Scouting CampbellThe Campbell Camels come into the weekend as match-up winners of their past two games, having combined for a total of 21 runs.Offense is the name of the game for the Camels, as they rely more heavily on their bats than their arms. This season, they have a team batting average of .281 with 49 runs scored in seven games. They tend to find most of their offense not in the air, evidenced by their low total of four home runs on the season, but rather on the ground. They already have stolen 24 bases this season while having only been caught twice. However, pitching has been an issue for them. The Camels’ pitching staff has a combined ERA of 5.43, and only four of their pitchers have an ERA below 4.50 (two of which have thrown fewer than three innings on the season).Beals said the best way to beat the Camels this weekend will be to get the bats going early, and keep their opponents off the bases.“Offensively, they like to run the bases. So we have to do two things to prevent that,” he said. “One, keep them off the bases. We pitch the ball well, play good defense and keep them off the bases. And then once they do get on base, we’ve just got to vary our looks and use things that we know. We have mechanisms for controlling the running game. We’re going to need to use those this weekend.”Tighten Up DefensivelyThis past weekend, against two Pac-12 teams, the Buckeyes were not able to play the consistent, strong defense they demonstrated last season.Over the weekend, the team combined for 10 errors and throughout the course of the season, those numbers are not looking much better. The team that last season had a fielding percentage of .975 has a team fielding percentage of .947 this season, with senior shortstop Jalen Washington and sophomore third baseman Brady Cherry tied for the team lead with five errors each. Last season, only three players had five or more errors. And while the bats did not consistently put up the kind of run totals the team would like to see, junior center fielder Tre’ Gantt said he believes that if the defense tightens up, they will start to find more consistency at the plate.“We just have to play clean baseball,” Gantt said. “I believe that when we play clean baseball and our defense is pretty solid, that’s when our bats really come alive because we’re not trying to focus on ‘we need to get runs, we need to get runs.’ We just focus on good (at-bats) and try not to stress ourselves.”Redshirt junior pitcher Yianni Pavlopoulos agreed, saying that if OSU can improve its defensive play, the team will be capable of competing with anyone. “I think, kind of like what we did against Oregon State Game 2, just play good defense, good all-around defense,” Pavlopoulos said. “If we can field the ball, I think we’re going to be a tough team to beat for sure.”First pitch of the weekend is set for Friday at 6 p.m. with redshirt junior Adam Niemeyer taking the hill for the Buckeyes. Redshirt senior Jake Post will start on Saturday, with sophomore Ryan Feltner starting in the series finale on Sunday.
Ohio State football isn’t the only team with too much time between the regular season and postseason. The OSU women’s basketball team has faced the same problem for years.OSU football has a five- or six-week break every year separating the end of the season from its bowl game. Since they would only play once a week, this equates to a five- or six-game break.The women’s basketball team won the Big Ten tournament on Sunday and now has to wait two weeks before its first NCAA Tournament game. Since the Bucks typically play two games each week during the regular season, this creates the equivalent of a four-game break.“Two weeks off,” coach Jim Foster said. “I think that the challenge, more so, is simulating games and continuing the process of playing twice a week, which we’ve been doing a long time, since the middle of November.”The Big Ten is one of only a few conferences in women’s basketball to have this problem, just like in football.So far, only seven of the 31 conferences have ended their seasons and conference tournaments and are currently waiting for the postseason to begin. Some conferences still have five to seven days of games remaining.OSU’s success in the Big Ten Tournament doesn’t necessarily mean success in the NCAA Tournament, either. This is the third season that OSU has won the Big Ten Tournament under Foster. The other two times, in 2006 and 2009, the Buckeyes were knocked out of the tournament in the second round and the Sweet 16, respectively.These outcomes are similar to seasons when OSU lost in the Big Ten Tournament semifinals in 2004 and 2005 and made it to the second round and Sweet 16 of the NCAA Tournament.The biggest difference between football and women’s basketball in the Big Ten is the solution to the problem.It has been debated locally and nationally how the OSU football team and Big Ten need to find a way to shorten the break between regular season and postseason play, and the solutions are many.Big Ten women’s basketball doesn’t have the luxury of options. Only an overhaul of the regular season schedule could remedy the Big Ten in this instance.OSU’s regular season ended with a 10-day break until the Big Ten tournament even started, so just pushing back the Big Ten tournament wouldn’t help.The only feasible solution would be to make the regular season last longer, and then move the Big Ten Tournament back.“The discussion [in football] of adding a team to have a championship game so there’s less time between the bowl, we could have that very same discussion about women’s basketball and the start of the NCAA Tournament,” Foster said. “I hope that it’s discussed with the same fervor and passion.”
On Aug. 18, freshman Torrance Gibson announced that he’d be changing positions from quarterback to wide receiver.With redshirt junior Cardale Jones and redshirt sophomore J.T. Barrett duking it out for the starting quarterback job for Ohio State, Gibson figured that it only makes sense that he switch positions.His future under center is unknown at this point, but nothing has been ruled out quite yet.“If I have a great season, who knows? But it’s not a worry right now,” Gibson said in an interview with ESPN. “I just have to take it one day at a time, and I’m working at receiver right now, and I haven’t done any quarterback things since I changed position. I’m just going to focus on playing receiver now, then I’ll focus on quarterback.”Given the Week One suspensions to junior Dontre Wilson and redshirt sophomore Jalin Marshall, both H-backs, as well as redshirt senior wideout Corey Smith, the door is wide open for Gibson to come in and make a substantial impact on the Buckeyes’ offense.However, it may just be his willingness to contribute in whatever way possible that sets Gibson apart from the crowd.“Well, I just want to play. I don’t want to sit on the bench for a whole year, just wasting a whole school year. It just doesn’t make any sense,” Gibson said. “Just helping the team out, that’s basically what I am doing. Because if I sat on the bench for a whole year (just to play quarterback), that would be selfish.”Aside from the invaluable selflessness that he’s putting on full display, Gibson is as versatile as they come and possesses rare athletic abilities, among other traits.Originally a highly touted dual-threat quarterback coming out of Fort Lauderdale, Florida, Gibson wowed scouts with his 4.4-second 40-yard dash speed. Considering his incredible leaping ability, coupled with a 6-foot-4, 205-pound frame, it’s easy to see why OSU’s coaches believe Gibson can thrive at receiver.The former five-star recruit is capable of snaring tough, jump-ball catches away from opposing defenders, while putting his breakaway speed to use in reaching paydirt.As of right now, there’s no real deep-threat like Gibson in the Buckeyes’ crowded receiving corps. Gone is Devin Smith, who filled that role beautifully last season. Over the course of his senior year, Smith averaged a gaudy 28.2 yards per catch, which was the best in the country by a whole four yards.OSU coach Urban Meyer said he recognizes the special type of player Gibson can be in OSU’s spread offense.“Torrance is a guy — we still haven’t found our ‘Inside Nine’ guy — he’s the Devin Smith,” Meyer said of the talented freshman in the ESPN report. “(Gibson) came to me, he realizes it’s going to take at least a year to play quarterback here, especially with what’s in front of him. He said, ‘I want to play.’ I said, ‘Well, here are your options: wildcat quarterback, we’ll see what your skill set is at receiver, catching the ball a little bit,’ and we put him back there returning kicks.”There’s seemingly no limit as to what Gibson can become. At OSU, he fits the bill as Smith’s replacement and would add instant offense. The suspensions to the many offensive contributors have provided Gibson with a perfect window of opportunity to see significant playing time. If one day the hyped-up true freshman does indeed decide to return to his natural position of quarterback, that’d obviously be his decision to make. For now, Gibson has a chance to considerably impact the Buckeyes’ offense and help his team repeat as College Football Playoff national champions.Gibson and the rest of the Scarlet and Gray are set to begin their title defense against the Virginia Tech Hokies on Sept. 7 in Blacksburg, Virginia. Kickoff is scheduled for 8 p.m.
Professor Sir Malcolm Green, Emeritus Professor of Respiratory Medicine, Imperial College, said: “People are often embarrassed when they start to choke and move away from their friends to somewhere private, to the toilets or out onto the street, and that can result in their death.”We need to make sure they stay where they are and know how to do the manoeuvre on themselves or over the chair they have just been sitting on.” Writing in the journal Thorax, he said: “Choking can be a cause of sudden death in a perfectly healthy person. There may be only a few minutes to save a life.”It is important to raise awareness of what to do if you are with someone who is choking and especially if you are by yourself and choking.”We would like to see the self-administered technique taught on first aid courses and in schools. Posters in every restaurant and training for restaurant staff could help save lives.”The Heimlich manoeuvre is often needed when a patient is choking on food or other objects, and their airway is obstructed.Usually, a first-aider would place their arms around the choking person from behind, and pull upwards and inwards on the abdomen below the ribcage.The pressure from this movement can expel the obstruction, allowing the patient to breathe again.To find out if the Heimlich manoeuvre was effective when self-administered, doctors swallowed pressure sensors and then monitored how much force was created in the chest during the usual technique, and when performed solo. They found both methods were equally effective at clearing a blockage. The Heimlich manoeuvre, a short sharp burst of pressure to the abdomen to clear a blockage in the throat, is just as effective when performed by the person who is choking, experts have found.Doctors from the Royal Brompton Hospital in London warned that too often people were embarrassed when they started choking and sought privacy, often where nobody could help.But Dr Nick Hopkinson said he and colleagues had discovered that the Heimlich manoeuvre could be self-administered, either by pressing the abdomen sharply onto a chair, or by delivering a similar thrust with their hand.Dr Hopkinson said that the technique should be taught in First Aid classes, so that people would know what to do if they were on their own when they started to choke. The traditional Heimlich manoeuvre Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings.