Minister of Youth and Sports Development Mr. Sunday Dare met with the Ministerial Advisory Committee and Presidents Federations of Sports who will represent Nigeria at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics games. The Minister then took briefs from the Secretary of the Ministerial Advisory Committee, the Nigeria Olympic Committee (NOC), and the Paralympic Committee of Nigeria. Lists of athletes who have qualified for the competition and those that are yet to qualify were made known, including the mandatory sports for qualification to the international event. Other items that were deliberated upon are; the budget allocation and accreditation processes for the games. The Minister also briefed the attendees on the stages of mobilization of funds and sponsorship for the event. Read Also:Sports Minister clears doubts on Edo 2020 National Sports Festival It would be recalled that at the last Olympics, only one bronze medal was recorded in football and none from athletes. This the Minister said has necessitated a timely meeting of Federations and continuous feedbacks to put plans in place for a better outing at the Tokyo Olympics. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 The meeting which was held at the Media centre of the National Stadium in Abuja, was aimed at preventing a repeat of the last two outings international outings among which was the London Olympics in which no medal was recorded. Setting the agenda for the meeting, the Minister stressed the need for the Ministry and the Federations to maintain common ground in order for Nigerian athletes to give Nigeria a worthy representation at the Olympics games. “It is important we meet and have a time frame. We need to be on the same page to prepare for the Olympics. We are going to create a feedback system beyond this meeting and we going to have a similar meeting down the road, yes to ensure to the smooth running of Olympics.”Advertisement Loading… Promoted Content6 Extreme Facts About Hurricanes5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme Parks7 Facts About Black Holes That Will Blow Your MindThe Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read MoreWhat Is A Black Hole And Is It Dangerous For Us All?Portuguese Street Artist Creates Hyper-Realistic 3D Graffiti7 Truly Incredible Facts About Black HolesBut Who In The World Taught Them Those Moves? Was It Papa Bear?Birds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For ThemCouples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable Way7 Train Stations In The World You Wish To Stay At Longer14 Hilarious Comics Made By Women You Need To Follow Right Now
Harold D. Flodder, age 84 of Batesville, died Tuesday, July 26th, 2016 at his residence. Born March 18, 1932 in Batesville, he is the son of Vera (Nee: Schein) and Leo Flodder Sr. He married Viola Wishmeyer November 12, 1955 at Holy Family Church in Oldenburg.He was a maintenance supervisor for BCA/Federal Mogul, retiring in 1997 after 34 years. Harold served in the army during the Korean War, earning two Bronze Stars. He was a lifetime member of the Batesville V.F.W. Post #3183 and a former Eagle Scout. His son and two grandsons also became Eagle Scouts.He is survived by his wife Viola; daughter and son-in-law Ann and Steve Carlson of Ellijay, Georgia; son and daughter-in-law Bill and Beth Flodder of Mason, Ohio; sister Jean Struewing of Batesville; grandsons Brett (Kelley) Flodder, Ben Flodder and great granddaughters Harper and Eleanor Flodder. In addition to his parents, he is also preceded in death by sisters Eileen Steinkamp, Mary Hoff and brothers Leo Jr., Clyde, Virgil and Robert Flodder.Visitation is Friday, July 29th, from 4 – 7 p.m. at the Weigel Funeral Home. Funeral services are 10 a.m. Saturday, July 30th at St. Louis Church. Burial will be in St. John’s Huntersville Cemetery with military graveside rites conducted by the Batesville V.F.W. Post #3183 and the Prell-Bland American Legion Post #271. The family requests memorials to the Batesville Boy Scouts Troop #634 or Premier Hospice.
Pittsburgh running back Darrin Hall (22) lunges into the end zone for a score as Virginia linebacker Zane Zandier (33) holds on during the second half of an NCAA college football game in Charlottesville, Va., Friday, Nov. 2, 2018. (AP Photo/Steve Helber) Pittsburgh coach Pat Narduzzi, right, welcomes running back Darrin Hall (22) back to the sideline after a touchdown during the second half of an NCAA college football game against Virginia in Charlottesville, Va., Friday, Nov. 2, 2018. (AP Photo/Steve Helber) PITTSBURGH (AP) — Pittsburgh coach Pat Narduzzi didn’t throw the ACC Coastal Division standings up on the wall during his team’s annual Sunday night meeting.There was no need. Narduzzi is well aware his players know where the Panthers (5-4, 4-1 ACC) sit heading into Saturday’s visit from Virginia Tech (4-4, 3-2): in first place and in control of their own destiny.“I’m not going to address it,” Narduzzi said Monday. “There’s still a bunch of hungry teams sitting below us. Doesn’t really matter. I know they read on Twitter all that stuff. I guess I don’t have to address it.” Maybe, but that it’s even a topic of discussion is a testament to Pitt’s resiliency.Narduzzi raised eyebrows when he told a group of fans at a kickoff luncheon in August to keep the first weekend of December open so they could plan a trip to Charlotte for the ACC title game. It’s a possibility that seemed remote at best after the Panthers were drilled by Penn State and Central Florida and then suffered a baffling loss to North Carolina, all in September.And yet the Panthers have responded brilliantly, winning shootouts and defensive struggles alike during their three-game conference winning streak. Their taut 23-13 victory at Virginia last Friday may have been the closest they have come all season to fitting Narduzzi’s definition of “Pitt football.”Darrin Hall ran for 229 yards and three touchdowns. The defense sacked Virginia quarterback Bryce Perkins five times. Alex Kessman drilled a 53-yard field goal and the Panthers pushed the Cavaliers around on the road.″(It’s) kind of what you want,” Narduzzi said. ”(An) old-school game. That’s who we are, what the city of Pittsburgh is.”Still, Narduzzi stressed it’s far too early for the Panthers to think they’ve arrived.“We haven’t done anything yet,” he said. “We’ve got a long way to go. Premature victories are no good.”The road to the ACC championship, however, doesn’t look quite as daunting as it did six weeks ago. Virginia Tech’s bumpy resume includes losses to Old Dominion, Georgia Tech and Boston College. Wake Forest will play the rest of the year without injured starting quarterback Sam Hartman and Miami — the preseason pick to roll in the Coastal — is closer to last place than to first.All of which makes Pitt the favorite — or the closest thing to one — at getting a shot at the ACC’s Atlantic Division champion on Dec. 1. Heady territory for a group that has faced one of the most difficult schedules around.“I don’t think anybody has played five Top 25 football teams in the country, which we have,” Narduzzi said. “We faced five of them so far. Wasn’t an easy schedule. Everybody knew it wasn’t an easy schedule coming into the year. After the game is over, no one says, ‘But it’s a hard schedule.’ What other way would you want it?”Narduzzi isn’t too concerned about his team getting caught up in the hype. Facing the Hokies should be enough. Pitt had a chance to win in Blacksburg last year but lost 20-14 when it failed to score on four plays from the Virginia Tech 1 in the final moments, a defeat that ultimately prevented the Panthers from becoming bowl eligible and one that Narduzzi still finds himself replaying in his mind 12 months later.Pitt has a chance to erase that memory on Saturday while inching closer to an improbable division title. Not that Narduzzi wants to talk about it. He’d rather his team just go out and play and worry about what it all means later.He didn’t change the way the Panthers practiced when they were struggling in September. He’s not going to change anything now that they’re rolling in November.“We do what we do, offensively, defensively, structurally,” Narduzzi said. “Our days don’t change. We try to keep things as similar, as familiar with the kids as we possibly can.”Even as they prepare for a potential trip to unfamiliar territory.___More AP college football: https://apnews.com/Collegefootball and https://twitter.com/AP_Top25
Like us at https://www.facebook.com/pages/New-Pittsburgh-Courier/143866755628836?ref=hlFollow @NewPghCourier on Twitter https://twitter.com/NewPghCourier Lorri Johnson points to the sky as her picture is unveiled in the rafters of the Petersen Events Center next to four other all-star basketball players, Don Hennon, Billy Knight, Charles Smith and Brandin Knight. (Photo courtesy Alex Mowrey/Pitt Athletics)PITTWIRE—It’s been 27 years since Lorri Johnson stepped onto the court wearing No. 24 for the Panthers, but she still holds the record for career points scored—in Pitt men’s or women’s basketball—at 2,312.In honor of that achievement, on Jan. 13, at the Petersen Events Center, Johnson became the fifth Pitt basketball player and the first-ever woman to have a jersey retired.“It is an honor to have my jersey retired,” said Johnson, who played forward from 1987 to 1992. “I’m excited to get back on campus and celebrate with my former coaches, teammates and this current group of Panthers. Pitt basketball will always hold a special place in my heart.”Johnson, who led her team in scoring all four years, ranks eighth in women’s basketball career rebounds at Pitt with 908. She holds the single-season record for field goals (266) and the single-game mark for points with 45 against Kent State on Dec. 18, 1990. Johnson also ranks third in program history with 677 points scored during the 1988-89 season.“She set a standard,” said Athletic Director Heather Lyke in a video played at the Jan. 13 halftime ceremony, who added that recognition is “long overdue.”“Lorri is well deserving of this honor, not just because of her accolades but because during her four years at Pitt, she demonstrated a relentless pursuit of excellence. That is her true legacy as a Pitt Panther,” said Lyke.“There have been some really great players who deserve this honor of getting their jersey retired,” added current Head Coach Lance White. “And now, all of those players have someone to look up to.”Kirk Bruce (A&S ’76), head coach from 1985-98 who coached Johnson, said, “There are four or five other names I could think of right now” who would be well deserving of having their jersey retired next. This gesture opens the door.“We talk a lot about ‘what is your legacy going to be?’” said White of the current team, which was 9-8 heading into the Jan. 13 contest against Boston College. “And now, to be able to point to the rafters and see that there is a Pitt women’s basketball player. … I think it’s a huge step to have someone up there. I’m extremely excited for Lorri and for our administration for honoring her.”Despite a strong effort in the first half, the Panthers lost to Boston College, 59-55. But in addition to Johnson making history, more than 20 Pitt women’s basketball alumni were also recognized in front of friends and family on the court at halftime.