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A difficult goodbye

Posted: December 25th, 2015 | Dugout Chatter, Featured, Sports & Fitness | No Comments

By Jeff Praught | Dugout Chatter While I realize with Jeff’s byline above you are probably expecting his words to follow here, but unfortunately that won’t be the case. Jeff — who has been at the helm of this column since Sept. 14, 2010 — tendered his resignation this week. Yep, after more than five years committed to a bi-weekly sports column, he’s done. So I’ll take it from here

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A standing ovation for #PressGateBruce

Posted: December 11th, 2015 | Columns, Dugout Chatter, Featured, Sports & Fitness | No Comments

By Jeff Praught | Dugout Chatter “Press Gate Bruce” is what we called him; awesome and funny and caring and friendly and unique is how we will all remember him. Friendly to everyone and memorable to all, the LGBT and professional sports communities in San Diego lost an amazing contributor when Bruce Ragland, just 55 years young, passed away on Nov. 24.

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‘Hoops’ play championship on new court

Posted: September 4th, 2015 | Columns, Dugout Chatter, Featured, Sports & Fitness | No Comments

By Jeff Praught | Dugout Chatter San Diego has a really cool LGBT basketball league, named SD Hoops, and it has been around since 1999. Of course, I am biased because I recently spent four years as commissioner of said league. I am happy to report that the group is doing just fine without me since I retired from that leadership role in March of this year and handed the keys to the younger and […]

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An inspirational Series

Posted: August 21st, 2015 | Dugout Chatter, Featured, Sports & Fitness | No Comments

By Jeff Praught | Dugout Chatter Mike Petracca For just the second time in seven years, I was unable to attend the softball World Series, held this year in Columbus, Ohio. I consider this to be the best sporting competition I have ever participated in, with thousands of athletes across the country embarking to the host city.

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Wanna play LGBT sports?

Posted: July 24th, 2015 | Dugout Chatter, Featured, Sports & Fitness | No Comments

By Jeff Praught | Dugout Chatter Tennis The San Diego Tennis Federation (SDTF), founded in 1983, is one of the largest LGBT tennis leagues in the nation with over 200 members. The popular organization provides ample opportunity for players to compete, or even just practice, with other players of varying skill level.

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Urban MO’s wins SD Hoops league title

Posted: March 20th, 2015 | Columns, Dugout Chatter, Featured, Sports & Fitness | 1 Comment

Jeff Praught | Dugout Chatter In a championship game that was anything but a classic, the Urban MO’s basketball team and number-two seed in the SD Hoops playoffs staged a huge rally in the second half to defeat Hillcrest Brewing Company 39-37 on March 12. While the score was close, the affair was a sloppy one, filled with ice-cold shooting, turnovers and questionable decisions.

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