Killer died after ingesting cocktail of drugs in #Limerick prison

first_imgLimerick people will pay respects to Dolores tomorrow Print NewsKiller died after ingesting cocktail of drugs in #Limerick prisonBy Staff Reporter – March 23, 2016 3383 City and Soul: Reaching out for the Reds Previous article30 #Limerick drivers caught hold phones in one hour @GardaTraffic checkpointNext articleQuestions remain over death of Limerick angler Staff Reporter WhatsApp Email Linkedin Twitter Limerick Post Show | 101 Win big at Bar Awards center_img RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Limerick news briefs – Prison loans, Willie’s way, fake 50s and oil thefts Jason MorrisseyA MAN who was serving a sentence in Limerick Prison for killing a man in 2010, died in his prison cell as a result of ingesting a cocktail of heroin, methadone and sedatives, his inquest heard this Tuesday.Jason Morrissey (25) from Toomevara, Co Tipperary, who had 85 previous convictions and was on bail at the time, killed James Tynan with a single punch in an unprovoked attack outside a nightclub in Thurles nightclub.He was convicted of manslaughter in 2012 and jailed for 18 years.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up Limerick PrisonIn the early hours of December 27, 2014, he was found lying on his bed with no signs of life and with a frothy substance coming from his mouth.Prison officer Tim Ryan told the inquest that at 3:55am, he opened the spy hole of Mr Morrissey’s cell and saw him lying on his back with no sign of breathing. Assistant Chief Officer (ACO) Aidan O’Mahony was immediately contacted as the cells were double locked for the night and weren’t due to be reopened until 6:30am.When he entered the cell less than five minutes later, ACO O’Mahony began CPR on Mr Morrissey and instructed other officers to contact ambulance services and the medical nurse on duty in the prison.In accordance with prison procedure, Mr Morrissey was checked every hour before he was found unresponsive by Officer Ryan but ACO O’Mahony said that prisoners could have been checked up to 16 times during the lockdown period.All checks were logged and the Inspector of Prisons, Judge Michael Reilly, carried out an investigation into the incident and found no issue.Prison nurse Sean Carey said he arrived at Mr Morrissey’s cell at 4am and immediately started chest compressions and continued for 20 minutes. Emergency Medical Technicians from the National Ambulance Service continued working on him for another 20 minutes before he died.Assistant State Pathologist Dr Margaret Bolster, who performed the post mortem examination, said that Jason Morrissey’s face covered in a dried frothy and bloody substance. Internal examinations revealed heavily congested lungs and swelling on the brain.Toxicology tests revealed that he had ingested four different types of drugs including heroin, methadone and two different types of sedatives. The individual doses were low but their combination would have been fatal. A urine test showed that Jason Morrissey took heroin in his prison cell hours before his death.Death was due to aspiration of vomit secondary to the ingestion of four different types of drugs.Barry Ward BL, on behalf of the Irish Prison Service said that the three recommendations in the report carried out by the Inspector of Prisons were fully complied with at Limerick Prison.The jury returned a verdict of death by misadventure and in accordance with the medical evidence. Advertisement Limerick Prison operating above capacity TAGScoronerinquestJason MorrisseyLimerick PrisonnightclubthurlesTipperary Facebook Hospital staff questioned over Limerick man’s deathlast_img read more

FISHING DAY: Kids bring in record number of catfish

first_img Penny Hoarder Issues “Urgent” Alert: 6 Companies Are… Published 4:00 am Tuesday, June 19, 2018 Remember America’s heroes on Memorial Day Troy falls to No. 13 Clemson FISHING DAY: Kids bring in record number of catfish Some of the kids were fishing with other special people in their lives. Jariya Scott was fishing with her Aunt Deloris Scott and, if giggles tell tales, then Jariya and Aunt Deloris were having lots of fun “fishing for cats.”And, fishing with grandpas can be fun, too, because they always have fish tales to tell.Nate Smith came over from Georgia to go fishing. He reeled in a monster catfish he immediately named Moby Dick. Then, along came his grandpa Charles Salter of Troy stringing a fish tale a mile long.When Salter was in the Army in1966, his platoon was on maneuvers and halted at a culvert that was deep and wide with icy water. Having little else to do, Salter made a fishing pole from a stick. He found a string and fashioned a hook from a safety pin. He used hotdogs for bait and caught enough fish in the culvert pool to feed the entire platoon of soldiers – about 29 of them.The kids who were listening to Salter’s fish tale have yet to learn that a fish tale is always bigger than the biggest fish on the stringer.Jinright thanked all of those who participated in Pike County Kids Fishing Day at Clay Hill Farm and those who made it possible, especially the Dorrills and Walmart Alabama, the Conservation Enforcement Officers Association, the Alabama Wildlife and Freshwater Fisheries Division and the Federal Sport Fish Restoration Program. A special thanks to the Pike County Chamber’s Farm City Committee for its assisting with registration and assisting with lunch, and, of course, the parents, grandparents and others who came fishing with the kids. Pike County Sheriff’s Office offering community child ID kits By Jaine Treadwell You Might Like “A lot of dads took the opportunity to bring their kids fishing,” he said. “It’s always good to see families enjoying a day of fishing together.”Chris Owens of Troy was fishing with his daughter Alaina and son Jaxon.“This is a good event and I thought I would bring them out and give it a try,” Owens said, adding it was worth the effort. “We’ve had a good time and it’s been a good day out of the house for us.”All of the dads who were fishing with their kids expressed the same sentiment as Dereck Wilhelm who said spending time with his son, Taylor, made Father’s Day weekend special and memorable. By The Penny Hoarder Email the authorcenter_img Around the WebMd: Do This Immediately if You Have Diabetes (Watch)Blood Sugar BlasterIf You Have Ringing Ears Do This Immediately (Ends Tinnitus)Healthier LivingHave an Enlarged Prostate? 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We encourage you to view your opt out options in Revcontent’s Privacy PolicyWant your content to appear on sites like this?Increase Your Engagement Now!Want to report this publisher’s content as misinformation?Submit a ReportGot it, thanks!Remove Content Link?Please choose a reason below:Fake NewsMisleadingNot InterestedOffensiveRepetitiveSubmitCancel Book Nook to reopen Pike County Kids’ Fishing Day at Clay Hill Farms Saturday netted 324 catfish weighing a total of 472 pounds. And, there could easily have been a few more kids and a few more fish, being that some folks skedaddled before the rain came.Pike County Conservation Officer Jerry Jinright said the 324 fish caught set the record for the most fish caught at Pike County Kids Fishing Day and possibly for the largest number of pounds.“John and Carol Dorrill are very gracious to offer their pond for our annual Kids’ Fishing Day,” Jinright said. “The pond is always well-stocked with catfish but, before each free Kids’ Fishing Day, the Dorrills have more catfish added just to make sure the kids have a good chance at catching fish. This year, they added about 200 catfish, each weighing a pound or a little more. A lot of big catfish were caught so that meant the kids were catching the fish that were already in the pond.” District champs: Troy Americans knock off Nationals to claim title In a battle of two teams from Troy, the Americans outlasted the Nationals 12-5 in extra innings on Monday night… read more Seventy-two kids between the ages of five and 15 registered and prizes were awarded to the kid who caught the heaviest stringer of fish in each of the three age groups. The limit for each age group was 10 catfish.In the 13-15 age group, Zenarion Flowers of Troy caught 10 fish weighing 21 pounds and 15 ounces. Garrison Smith of Dothan also caught the limit for the 9 to 12 age group. His stringer weighed 18 pounds and eight ounces. In the five to eight age group, Desmond Owens’ stringer of 10 fish weighed 22 pounds and 5 ounces. Desmond is also from Troy.Jinright said Pike County Kids Fishing Day is held annually the Saturday before Father’s Day. 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Governor Wolf’s Statement on Updated Prostate Cancer Diagnosis

first_img Press Release,  Statement Harrisburg, PA – Governor Wolf released the following statement regarding the recent announcement that he has received a ‘clean bill of health’ after receiving treatment for prostate cancer:“Frances and I would like to thank everyone for the many well wishes on my clean bill of health. I encourage all Pennsylvanians to make sure they schedule regular checkups with their doctors — last year my treatable prostate cancer diagnosis was thankfully detected early after a regular appointment — and are aware of screening guidelines so early detection and treatment can be possible.”Click here to view the American Cancer Society’s guidelines for early detection of cancer.Like Governor Tom Wolf on Facebook: SHARE Email Facebook Twitter January 27, 2017center_img Governor Wolf’s Statement on Updated Prostate Cancer Diagnosislast_img read more

Scott Gregory triumphs in New South Wales final

first_img3 Feb 2017 Scott Gregory triumphs in New South Wales final World number 10 Scott Gregory has won the New South Wales Amateur Championship in Australia in a superb, all-England final against Marco Penge. The 22-yeard-old edged home with a 1up win on the 36th hole of a remarkable match which saw many holes won or halved in birdie. Gregory, the Amateur Champion, took charge early on and was four up after 18 holes. But Penge, who was still four down with 11 holes to play, staged a determined fightback, picking away at the lead and getting back to all square after 32 holes. The players matched shot for shot until the 35th where Gregory holed a 25-footer for par and a one-up lead; then his par on the last gave him the title.  “It was tense because I was hitting good shots and not getting anything, but at the same time Marco was holing lovely putts and got us back to square! Then I knew I had to dig in and get across the line,” said Gregory. “The four-footer for par on the last to win was a strange one, any other time I would have celebrated, but it didn’t feel right. I didn’t feel that celebrating was the respectful thing to do as you’ve seen how hard the other guy has worked for four weeks to get here. But we both enjoyed a great final!” Gregory, from Corhampton in Hampshire, and Penge, from Golf at Goodwood in Sussex, were part of a four-man squad representing England Golf on a tour of Australia. They’ve been room-mates for the trip and playing each other wasn’t easy. Gregory commented: “It was very hard, we’ve spent four weeks helping each other with swing videos and advice, words of support and just being there when needed and then suddenly you’re faced against each other with a tournament on the line! “We had our moments of chat and then toward the end things got tense and Marco showed why he has won so much. He didn’t give in and kept picking away at my lead, but eventually I managed to sneak ahead with that 25 foot par putt on 17.” Gregory’s experience in winning the Amateur Championship counted. “It helped me a lot, it helped me in not being so nervous going in, and also throughout the match. It was never going to be as high pressured as winning the Amateur but it was tough in playing Marco, who I know had a massive length advantage off the tee.” He added: “This means a lot, as does any win, you don’t take them for granted as it’s not an easy thing to do. I think it proves again that I can play at that level, I’m getting myself out there and getting used to feeling the pressure of needing to win.” Penge, meanwhile, was philosophical. The 18-year-old told Golf NSW: “Scott played great; he’s probably number one in the world at match play, I couldn’t have got a harder game really. I was proud of myself just to get it back to one down in the end really.” Gregory and Penge were joined on the trip by Bradley Moore (Kedleston Park, Derbyshire) and Alfie Pant (Sundridge Park, Kent). This was their last event and Gregory commented: “The experience has been phenomenal, I’ve met some amazing people and seen some great places and it’s given me a great springboard to work from for the rest of the season. I can’t thank England Golf enough for giving me this opportunity to showcase myself in another country, it’s been amazing.” Now he’s looking forward to getting home, resting and seeing his family, girlfriend and coach – before preparing for April and a date in The Masters. Gregory joins a list of names on the 118-year old NSW Amateur Championship trophy that includes 2005 US Open Champion Michael Campbell. Paul Howard was the most recent English winner, lifting the trophy in 2015. Captions: Top, Scott Gregory with the trophy and, below, with Marco Penge.last_img read more

Marseille want Chelsea youngster in exchange deal – report

first_imgMarseille want Gael Kakuta in exchange for Cesar Azpilicueta if they are to sell the Spanish right-back to Chelsea, according to the Daily Mirror.It is claimed Marseille have rejected a £5m bid for Azpilicueta and are holding out for more money but also fancy Kakuta either on loan or in a permanent player-plus-cash deal.It follows an interview with L’Equipe in which Kakuta, 21, appeared to suggest he wants to return to France and that Marseille are one of the clubs he would be interested in joining.The Daily Mail say Chelsea are refusing to be held to ransom in their pursuit of long-term targets Edinson Cavani and Hulk.The Blues are reportedly threatening to withdraw from both chases, with Napoli striker Cavani believed to be haggling over wages and Porto keen to negotiate a higher price for Hulk.Meanwhile, West Ham have failed with an attempt to sign Clint Dempsey from Fulham, the Mail report.The Hammers are said to have made an approach for the American, who has been linked with several clubs this summer.QPR striker Jay Bothroyd is heading towards a move to Sheffield Wednesday, according to The Sun.Bothroyd played for Cardiff under Owls boss Dave Jones, who is reported to be tracking him after deciding not to sign Marlon Harewood.Jones is apparently willing to pay £1m for the England international, who has been told he can leave Loftus Road.This page is regularly updated.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

Science Docudrama Biases Against Religion

first_imgOn New Year’s Eve, the Discovery HD Theater re-ran the 2005 BBC science docudrama Supervolcano, which dramatizes what might happen to civilization if the volcano under Yellowstone were to unleash its pent-up magma with the fury of prehistoric eruptions.    At three points at least, the program touched on issues of religion and ultimate meaning.Two victims huddled in a bunker, imprisoned by the rain of volcanic ash, got onto the meaning of it all.  One asked the other if he believed in God.  “God?” the other smirked.  The first responded that he preferred to believe in God’s mercy.  The other man responded sarcastically that he should ask if it was merciful for the 250,000 people who died in the blast.News announcers periodically made matter-of-fact statements about millions of years and evolution.Near the end, one of the characters commented that disasters such as this were not only catastrophic agents of death and destruction, but, ironically, agents of life and progress.  The suggestion was that, under threat from the environment, life re-emerges to diversify and evolve, conquering death with new life.A program whose gurus were scientists thus presented a philosophy or theology that could be described as scientific materialism, based on an imaginary event.Notice one thing: in real life, the volcano has not erupted.  The BBC used a fictional disaster story as a pretext to present an atheistic worldview, sanctified by science.  A God who would let hundreds of thousands die, and millions more to suffer, cannot really be merciful, can he?  Therefore he must not exist.  Hello… Earth calling BBC… Yellowstone is peaceful and calm today.  Millions of people visit the grand old Park each year.  Quite a few even worship there in the various outdoor amphitheaters, praising God for the beauty of creation.  Can we keep that point in mind?    “But it could happen, couldn’t it?  Sure, and a nearby star could go supernova and fry us, a meteor could hit the earth, or the sky could fall.  True, the Yellowstone caldera is rising, and the potential is there for a massive eruption.  Until it does, and even if it does, how can the BBC draw any theological conclusions?  Maybe God in his mercy is preventing the Yellowstone volcano from erupting right now.  Try to prove from science this is not the case.  In Christian theology, God watches over his creation.  Nothing happens without his knowledge and control.  But we know that supervolcanoes have erupted in the past, right?  Clearly so, but who is to conclude those events were outside the sovereignty of God?  These are theological issues, not scientific ones.  Creationists might postulate they were associated with the aftermath of the Flood when there were no cities or people around anyway.    And who is the BBC to tell us about mercy?  If, as the producers of this show seem to believe, the world is a product of blind evolution and dispassionate natural forces, mercy is a meaningless term.  What happens happens.  Nothing is good or bad.  In fact, evolutionists should see it as a good thing; nothing like a catastrophe to provoke the blossoming of new life (as if that is a good thing, in a world where good and evil are undefined terms).  They cannot comment on the attributes of God without assuming what they need to prove.    A theological position must be informed by actual events, not imaginary ones.  No one is so blind as to not realize that disasters have ravaged civilization as long as man has existed on this planet.  Tsunamis, volcanoes, earthquakes, plagues and wars have caused untold human suffering.  Voltaire was horrified at the Lisbon earthquake of 1755.  Some of the worst disasters have occurred within our lifetimes.  These do not appear targeted at the wicked, but often sweep away everything and everyone.  Want a really, really bad disaster?  How about a world-wide flood that kills everyone except those on an Ark?    The problem of pain and suffering is as old as Adam.  The authors of the Bible knew all too well about disasters.  It did not stop them from presenting God as wise, merciful and longsuffering.  Theodicy (squaring God’s love with the reality of evil) is a complex issue, but theologians have wrestled with this problem for thousands of years.  Though “seeing through a glass darkly,” as is the predicament of mortals, most have achieved satisfactory answers sufficient to give them courage and confidence in spite of incomplete understanding.  Those interested in pursuing the issue should study the Christian theodicies from antiquity to modern times.  Read, for instance, C. S. Lewis in The Problem of Pain, or Lee Strobel’s book The Case for Faith (to be adapted for film in early 2008).    The problem of human suffering is not the domain of atheists.  Only believers in the Judeo-Christian God have any grounds for making an argument for God’s mercy or lack of it.  Atheists and scientific materialists lack the moral categories to make moral judgments.  They lack the categories to even make logical judgments.  It takes a Christian worldview to even begin to argue about anything.  To assume truth and the laws of logic you must first assume the existence of intangible realities and moral qualities that are timeless, universal, and absolute.  This point should be settled at the outset when debating an atheist or evolutionist.  Once settled, it becomes an issue of imperfect humans trying to understand how God’s love and the reality of evil can be harmonized.    We must avoid, also, the error of mischaracterizing God by focusing on His love to the exclusion of His righteousness.  The God of Scripture is wrathful and angry at sin.  The Creator is also the ultimate Judge of the universe.  If He were to let the Yellowstone volcano loose, what could any man say about it?  Shall the clay say to the potter, what are you doing?  God has already decreed that all men shall die; the only question for each individual is when and how.  Those willing to believe His word and trust Him are promised salvation for their souls, not deliverance from earthly disasters.  Sinners on a planet destined for fire should not expect anything but judgment.  The question becomes not why God sends disaster, but why He hasn’t sent it yet.  Seen in this light, the sunny days are all the more cause for thanksgiving that for another day we have not received what we deserve.  Finally, it’s not like He hasn’t told us the end of the story.  It’s not like he didn’t warn us to be always ready.    The reason for an entry about a TV re-run is to draw attention to how philosophical and theological biases can pervade visual media, even when the subject matter is about something else.  Supervolcano, like a similar one portraying the aftermath of a comet strike, is entertaining for its special effects and human drama.  The virtue of discernment calls us to be aware of overt or subliminal influences that pretend to give knowledge without warrant.   Teach your family how to identify bias cues.  Point them out and discuss them; overcome evil with good.    Producers have freedom of speech to present their points of view, even atheistic and materialistic ones.  Their customers have the freedom to sublimate such messages into teachable moments.(Visited 12 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Swing and a miss: Yankees in another 0-2 playoff hole

first_imgHouston Astros’ Jose Altuve scores the game-winning run past New York Yankees catcher Gary Sanchez during the ninth inning of Game 2 of baseball’s American League Championship Series Saturday, Oct. 14, 2017, in Houston. The Astros won 2-1 to take a 2-0 lead in the series. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)HOUSTON — Swing and a miss.After striking out 27 times in Houston, the New York Yankees are down 0-2 in the playoffs again.ADVERTISEMENT GALLERY: Undefeated NU sweeps FEU for PVL Collegiate title Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president But Severino didn’t come out for the fifth, after the Yankees tied the game on back-to-back doubles by Aaron Hicks and Todd Frazier in the top of the inning. Severino threw only 62 pitches.“I think it is my responsibility to protect this kid,” Girardi said. “I couldn’t take a chance.”Girardi said Severino checked out fine with team doctors. The pitcher certainly didn’t agree with getting pulled so early.“I told him I was good. They told me they saw something,” Severino said. “I told them that I was good and I wanted to go pitch. … I feel great. My arm feels great. I can go 20 or 30 innings more.” Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City LATEST STORIES Read Next Maybe they just need to get to the potential elimination games — the Yankees don’t seem to lose those.“We’ve been facing some tough pitchers and some tough games,” rookie slugger Aaron Judge said. “We’re just going to keep going out there and keep fighting.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutNew York catcher Gary Sanchez was unable to come up with a short-hop relay throw from shortstop Didi Gregorius with Jose Altuve charging toward the plate in the bottom of the ninth inning, and the Astros won 2-1 Saturday for a 2-0 lead in the best-of-seven AL Championship Series.Sanchez said he simply dropped the ball on a play he’s used to making. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. center_img Game 3 is Monday night at Yankee Stadium, with CC Sabathia scheduled to pitch for New York against Charlie Morton.The Yankees have lost seven straight ALCS games dating to 2010.Verlander was done by the time hard-throwing Yankees closer Aroldis Chapman entered in the ninth with a scoreless streak of 18 2/3 innings dating to the last time he gave up a run, on Aug. 25 against Seattle. But then Altuve hit a one-out single and scored when Carlos Correa lined a double into the right-center gap.Judge cut off the ball at the edge of the warning track, but his throw went over the head of second baseman Starlin Castro to Gregorius on one hop at second base. Gregorius wheeled and, perhaps impeded a bit by Correa’s popup slide at second, short-hopped his throw to Sanchez.The ball arrived in plenty of time to get Altuve, who raced all the way around from first, but Sanchez couldn’t make a clean pick and the ball squirted away as Altuve slid in safely with the winning run.“If he comes up with it, it’s an out,” said Girardi, who quickly inquired with umpires as the Astros and their fans were starting a frenzied celebration. “I just wanted to make sure there was no interference. I didn’t see any interference at second. … It was a popup slide, that’s legal. You’re kind of hoping.”Correa homered in the fourth for the Astros — a play that evoked memories of Jeffery Maier in the 1996 ALCS at Yankee Stadium — when a 12-year-old Houston fan reached for the liner just over the right-field wall. The ball appeared to already be beyond the reach of Judge, who was still moving toward the fence when the ball ricocheted off the boy’s glove on top of the wall and into the seats.“I got back there a little late. He took a good swing on a ball off the plate,” Judge said. “I just wasn’t able to get back and get a good read to the wall and get up there and make a play.”The 6-foot-7 Judge had a homer-robbing grab in Game 3 of the ALDS, when the Yankees won 1-0 to stay alive in that series.A few pitches after Correa’s homer, Girardi and a trainer went out to check on starter Luis Severino when he uncharacteristically wound his pitching arm a few times. The 23-year-old right-hander stayed in the game then, and got the inning-ending out on a comebacker that appeared to strike the wrist of his non-pitching hand. MOST READ Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Trump attends World Series baseball game in Washington DC PLAY LIST 01:04Trump attends World Series baseball game in Washington DC00:50Trending Articles01:46US defense chief agrees it’s time to take another look at defense pact with PH01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games “The bottom line is if I catch that ball he’s going to be out,” Sanchez said through a translator.New York has lost the first two games by the same tight score to Houston aces Dallas Keuchel and Justin Verlander, both former Cy Young Award winners. So just like in the Division Series, the Yankees are down 0-2 and headed back home.“It’s not like we haven’t been here before,” said manager Joe Girardi, who turned 53 on Saturday. “But these are two tough losses.”In their best-of-five set against the 102-win Cleveland Indians, the Yankees won three straight games when facing elimination to get to their first ALCS since 2012. And that was after winning a win-or-go-home wild-card game against Minnesota.But after striking out 14 times in the ALCS opener, including 10 against Keuchel in his seven innings, the Yankees whiffed another 13 times Saturday against Verlander, who threw 124 pitches in a complete game.ADVERTISEMENT BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary View commentslast_img read more

Serving Is A Disadvantage In Some Olympic Sports

Table tennisMen’s doubles51 VolleyballMen’s34 BadmintonMen’s singles52 In five Olympic sports, with medals in 18 events up for grabs, a net separates players from their opponents. In each case, before a point can get underway, someone has to serve. On a crucial point, as you watch the medal rounds of badminton and volleyball this weekend, would you rather see your team start with the ball or shuttlecock in its court or in its opponent’s?I tried to find out. It turns out the data isn’t readily available.1A word on the data. Ideally the table that follows would show complete data for every sport. But the Olympics website doesn’t publish comprehensive stats for any of these sports. And press contacts for each of the sport’s international federations either didn’t respond to inquiries or said they couldn’t help with the data. So for each sport, I dug through box scores — in badminton’s case, liberating serve stats from PDFs, and for volleyball, by parsing play-by-plays. I grabbed data for just two or three days of competition in each sport, generally including preliminary stages and knockout stages in which each discipline (singles, doubles, mixed) was competing. Even that wasn’t easy. Alan Reifman, the Texas Tech University professor known for his hot-hand sports analysis who is also a volleyball analyst, tried parsing two games of one volleyball match at my request, and sent me his worksheet. It’s below. But after digging through PDFs and doing a lot of data entry and copy and pasting, I got data for hundreds of matches and thousands of points across 18 variations on the theme of serving. I was looking for how often the player or team that serves ends up winning the point. The conclusion: In tennis, the serve is a weapon. In badminton and table tennis, it’s just a way to get the point started. And in volleyball, it’s a vulnerability. Table tennisMen’s singles53 TennisWomen’s singles57 SPORTEVENTSERVE SUCCESS RATE TennisMen’s doubles65% Table tennisWomen’s singles53 Table tennisWomen’s doubles50 BadmintonWomen’s singles55 Tennis servers have an advantage at the 2016 Olympics; volleyball servers don’t TennisWomen’s doubles56 2016 Olympics data for matches from 2-3 days of preliminary and knockout play for each eventSources:, BadmintonMixed doubles46 Beach volleyballWomen’s35 BadmintonMen’s doubles46 BadmintonWomen’s doubles45 Beach volleyballMen’s32 TennisMen’s singles63 TennisMixed doubles64 VolleyballWomen’s38 The sports divide into a few tiers of serving advantages.Tennis is at the top. Within tennis, the serve is a bigger weapon for men than for women, in part because men are taller than women, on average, and so they can hit down on the ball with less risk. And the serve is more valuable in doubles than in singles, because the returner is trying to avoid the server’s partner and so has to aim for a narrower window than in singles. So at the very top of the server pyramid is men’s doubles, followed by mixed doubles — a man is serving in at least half of the games — and men’s singles. Then come women’s singles and doubles, where the server’s advantage is slightly smaller because of returners’ comparative advantage in the women’s game.In badminton and table tennis, it doesn’t matter all that much who’s serving. But there are some nuances. In both sports, servers do better in singles than in doubles. This is different from tennis because the serve functions differently in these sports. In table tennis, when playing singles you can serve to either side — left or right — on each point, which is not true in tennis. So if your goal is to hit it where the returner isn’t, singles provides a big advantage. And in neither sport is the server’s partner as likely to smash away an errant return as in tennis. (Table tennis doubles rules also restrict where the server can hit it.)In volleyball, a point when you serve is considered one on which you’re playing defense. That’s especially true for men. Most serves don’t win the point outright, and when they don’t, the receiving team has three hits to control the ball, set it and smash it, and the sport has developed highly complex plays designed to win the point outright with its first possession. But as tough as it looks for servers in volleyball, the numbers in the table slightly understate the challenge a typical volleyball server faces. That’s because the numbers are aggregated over all teams. But in volleyball, the team that won the prior point gets to serve. So the stronger teams get to serve more, which weighs their serving success more heavily than that of weaker teams. Some of what looks like the limited serving success for volleyball players in the table is really strong teams’ overcoming the serving liability to withstand their opponents’ attacks and get the point.2In badminton — for which we have the data, unlike volleyball — averaging across teams instead of points, which gives you a fairer sense of the typical server’s chance of winning the point, lowers servers’ success rates by about two percentage points.The stats are pretty consistent at other levels of the game. Todd Dagenais, coach of the University of Central Florida women’s volleyball team, said teams in his team’s league, the American Athletic Conference, win on the serve between 38 percent and 45 percent of the time. Alan Reifman, a Texas Tech University professor who is also a volleyball analyst, said 40 percent is typical in the women’s college game. Top men’s World League Volleyball teams score on 31 percent to 38 percent of their serves.In a way, volleyball servers have it easy. They’re not expected to win the point anyway, so success is a pleasant surprise. And they get to take more risks. When you’re probably going to lose the point if the ball goes in anyway, you lose less by missing, so why not aim a little closer to the top of the net or toward the sidelines or back line? In beach volleyball at the Olympics, men have lost the point by missing their serve about 13 percent of the time, and women 11 percent, according to data provided by Giuseppe Vinci, founder of the analysis site VolleyMetrics. That compares to 3 percent to 4 percent in tennis and less than 1 percent in some of the badminton events. Not all the sports record aces, and some define them differently than others, but tennis players also hit more of those than some of their peers — in part because they get two chances to serve, so they can take big risks on the first serve.“A ‘just keep it in, let them make mistakes’ philosophy used to be more common,” Joe Trinsey, assistant coach of the U.S. women’s indoor team, said by email. “But with the speed and power of the attacks (as well as the tactical complexity and deception of the offenses) increasing each generation, it is becoming more common to see coaches pushing their teams to attack more from the service line, even if it means more errors.” read more

How Derrick Rose Drills His Ugly Midrange Jumpers

For everything Derrick Rose has accomplished in his decorated NBA career — No. 1 overall draft pick, three-time All-Star, youngest player to ever win league MVP — no one would ever accuse him of being a good 3-point shooter. After shooting 28 percent from deep two years ago and 29 percent last year, Rose is hitting just 22 percent1The league-average mark this season is 36 percent. of his shots from 3-point range this season, the third-worst mark in the league among the 267 players who’ve attempted at least 50 3-pointers so far.But for all his struggles from three, something extraordinary happens when Rose steps just inside the arc: The New York Knicks guard somehow manages to hit midrange jumpers at an above-average clip despite shooting line-drive bullets that barely make it over the rim. Sometimes the ends excuse the means.When an average NBA player shoots from 15 feet or more, his shot arc peaks at 15.1 feet. Rose is not average. His shots from that distance peak at just 14 feet, the lowest average shot arc of any NBA guard or small forward, according to a query run by SportVU data analyst Brittni Donaldson at FiveThirtyEight’s request.This shouldn’t work out for him. Research shows that loftier arcs improve a shot’s chances of finding the bottom of the net. “I’ve always felt you had to be even more accurate than normal to be able to make a shot when you’re using a low arc like that,” says Jeff Hornacek, Rose’s coach with the Knicks, and one of the league’s best shooters during his playing days.Yet Rose, with almost no arc whatsoever, hits better than 45 percent of his 2-pointers from outside 15 feet, according to For context, the rest of the NBA has shot 40.5 percent from that range this year, according to ESPN Stats & Information Group.“I’ve tried practicing [my shot] with more arc. But this is just more comfortable. I really can’t describe [why],” Rose told me after shooting 6-for-6 on long 2-pointers in a loss to Milwaukee Wednesday night. “I’ve been a midrange player my entire life. [I] have never really been a 3-point shooter.” The emergence of a solid midrange jumper, combined with his lengthy injury history, will make the 28-year-old an intriguing free agent this coming summer.Still, none of this is meant to suggest that Rose — who, for a long time, was talented and athletic enough to get by without being able to shoot jumpers — is on the cusp of morphing into Steph Curry.2Rose himself seems to accept this fact. Threes have accounted for just 7 percent of his shots this season, down from 14 percent last season and almost 33 percent in 2014-15. His shooting form can occasionally go awry as he lunges with his upper half instead of connecting his entire body through one fluid motion. And Rose sometimes doesn’t let go of the ball until he’s on the way back down,3NBA 2K players likely know this problem all too well thanks to the game’s shot meter. limiting the arc he can get on a given shot. “With Derrick, I always emphasize finishing at 11 o’clock instead of 9 o’clock, which means releasing at the peak of his jump instead of doing it on the way down,” says trainer Rob McClanaghan, who has worked with Rose since he was 18. compensate for his lower delivery, Rose goes for bank shots more often than his peers do. Rose began using bank shots far more often last season, saying they helped him deal with the blurred vision and lack of depth perception he experienced after breaking his orbital bone during training camp. He ranked second in in the league in bank-shot frequency last season,4Among players with at least 30 such attempts. when he took 76 shots off the glass. And while that number is down this season (24 attempts), banked shots still account for almost 6 percent of his jumpers. the glass allows players to aim a bit lower than they otherwise would for a jumper. And it’s likely not a coincidence that Rose’s shot-arc numbers (14 feet this season and 14.2 last season) are nearly identical to those of ex-Spurs great Tim Duncan (13.9 feet in 2015-16 and 14.2 in 2014-15, per SportVU), who perennially took a greater share of bank shots than any other player during his time in the league, according to NBA Savant, a site tracks and compiles the specific types of shots each player takes.So while Rose may not be a good perimeter shooter in a traditional sense, he’s actually become pretty solid in another regard. We simply don’t notice because his technique doesn’t look like it should work.Check out our latest NBA predictions. read more

Pryors future uncertain

As the U.S. economy continues on its rocky path, the job market remains unstable. It’s especially shaky for a third-year athlete facing a five-game suspension and questions about whether he can succeed as quarterback at the professional level. Terrelle Pryor, center of the Buckeye universe since he committed to Ohio State on March 19, 2008, must confront an intricate situation containing the key to unlocking his future. The Jeannette, Pa., native confirmed to the media Saturday that he will return for his senior season, even though he will first serve a five-game suspension for receiving improper benefits. “When bad things happen to you, that’s when you want your family around you,” Pryor said. “Going through all of this, that’s when you realize that Ohio State football is your family.” The NCAA suspended Pryor, running back Dan Herron, receiver DeVier Posey, tackle Mike Adams and defensive end Solomon Thomas for five games after learning the players had violated NCAA rules by selling gear, apparel and memorabilia to the owner of a Columbus tattoo parlor in 2009. Freshman linebacker Jordan Whiting must sit out one game. NCAA rules prohibit athletes from receiving benefits or discounts based on their persona. The suspensions, however, won’t take effect until next season, allowing the athletes to play in Tuesday’s Sugar Bowl. The NCAA concluded that the rules education provided by the OSU compliance department did not meet NCAA standards at the time the players sold the merchandise. Pryor came to OSU because he felt coach Jim Tressel’s system would better prepare him for the NFL than if he chose to run rampant in Michigan’s spread offense. Now, despite a 30-3 career mark as a starter in scarlet and gray, his legacy rests on thin ice. Fans have voiced displeasure toward the quarterback who, although proud of the Block ‘O’ tattoo on his right forearm, didn’t value the sentiment of his Big Ten championship ring or gold pants trinket as highly as Buckeye Nation preferred. “You shouldn’t worry about what other people say, but you do take a lot of what other people say into your mind,” Pryor said. “They’re saying it for some reason. That’s the hardest thing, is hearing people say some cruel things about you. You know what you did and you take the responsibility, but guys are still out there nailing you and talking about you.” Pryor said he tossed around the idea of turning pro after the Sugar Bowl to evade the lengthy suspension and lessen the hit on his draft stock. But then Tressel required all five players to pledge to return for their senior seasons before granting them permission to travel with the team to New Orleans. Although the promises are nonbinding, Pryor vowed to hold up his end of the bargain. “I think some guys pledged and some guys — we were just basically saying sorry,” he said. “I don’t want to say that if (someone) would choose to leave, that they’re breaking a pledge. I think some guys have different situations. (But) once you pledge something, I think you’ve got to keep your word for it.” Should the NCAA uphold its ruling — which OSU is appealing — Pryor wouldn’t be eligible until the Buckeyes’ contest at Nebraska on Oct. 8. That would leave him with seven games, plus a possible conference championship game and bowl game, to script the final chapter of his college career. But would he regain his starting job that easily? Tressel has had a penchant for rewarding veteran players. Quarterback Joe Bauserman, who has served as Pryor’s primary backup for two years, will be a redshirt senior next year. Ken Guiton, who has also seen action this year, will be a redshirt sophomore. Then there’s Braxton Miller, widely considered one of the top recruits in all of college football. The Huber Heights, Ohio, native enrolled early at OSU so he could take part in spring practices. Tressel said he expects a testy quarterback competition in the spring. “I’m sure in the spring and so forth … in the spring that would heat up,” Tressel said. Regardless of how he fits into next year’s plans, Pryor knows a memorable Sugar Bowl performance will go a long way for his legacy and NFL stock. For the quarterback who always seems to have the ball in his hands, he’ll have to learn to bide his time until it’s his turn. “I’ve never sat out a game in my life,” Pryor said. “I don’t know how it’s going to affect me next year.” Pryor acknowledged that he has work left to do at the college level, work that somehow must be completed in the minimal time he has remaining in Columbus if he’s to improve his job prospects. “We’ve just got to win,” he said. “I’ve got to come up with some type of plan with (Tressel) for next year, because that five-game suspension could really mess up things I really want to accomplish. As of right now, (I’ll) keep winning as much as possible and keep leading the team as best I can. “I guess I’ll need to leave the rest to everyone else.” read more