Dustin Nippert enjoyed his first season pitching for the Doosan Bears in the Korean Baseball Organization so much that he's going back.
The former Beallsville High School and West Virginia University mound standout recently signed a 3-year contract to keep pitching in South Korea.
I was recently informed that management from the Doosan Bears flew into Pittsburgh during the off-season and met with the 6-8 righthander. After the meeting concluded, Nippert had a brand-new deal.
In fact, according to his mother, Penny, Dustin and his Doosan teammates recently spent a month in Arizona attending spring training. They are currently in Japan for some more training before the regular season opens in early April.
It was reported that Nippert compiled a fine 17-4 mark last season and earned a spot in the All-Star Game.
Nippert has pitched in the major leagues with Arizona and Texas.
Travis "The Terror"?Clark" will make his first appearance in the ring since suffering a knee injury while training for a title defense.
Clark, a former Union Local state wrestling champion, is scheduled to defend his North American Allied Fight Series' Middleweight title belt against UFC?veteran John Salter (8-2).
The bout will take place during Caged Fury 17 inside the Mylan Park Expo in Morgantown on Friday, Apr. 27.
Stayed tuned for more information concerning that fight.
Crawley to be Inducted
A former Steubenville High School and University of North Carolina women's basketball star will be inducted into the Atlantic Coast Conference's Legends Class of 2012.
Sylvia Crawley, the MVP of the 1994 National Champion Lady Tar Heels, will receive her honor today during halftime of the first ACC women's tournament semifinals in Greensboro, N.C.
She scored 1,158 points and grabbed 582 rebounds during her time in Chapel Hill. Her "00" jersey hangs high about the court in Carmichael Arena.
The 6-5 center was named to the 1994 NCAA All-East Region and All-ACC Tournament teams and still ranks sixth on the UNC all-time list for blocked shots with 123. She is also ninth in all-time field goal percentage (51.4).
During her four years with the Tar Heels, she helped the team to a superb 90-34 record with three NCAA Tournament appearances, including 33-2 during the national title season.
She was named to the ACC's 50th anniversary squad and was USA Basketball's 1995 Female Athlete of the Year.
Following graduation, Crawley was named an alternate for the 1996 U.S. Olympic team and represented the U.S. internationally as part of the Pan-Am Games in 1995 and 1999, the World Games in 1995, the U.S. Select Team in 1994 and the Jones Cup Team in 1996.
She has also played professionally in the ABL and the WNBA. In 1998, she captured the first-ever ABL Slam Dunk Contest.
After her playing days, she got into coaching and served as an assistant at her alma mater for two years (2000-02) and one at Fordham (2003). In two seasons as the head coach at Ohio University, she recorded a 38-25 record before moving on to Boston College, where she was 63-40 entering this campaign.
Crawley resides in Chestnut Hill, Mass.
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