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ACTION ALERT! Fund set up to help Firestorm player, injured in freak accident at softball tourney

SAN DIEGO, California -- Mike Petracca, who plays for the San Diego Firestorm softball team sponsored by Rich's dance club in Hillcrest, was severely injured in a freak accident on Saturday, Jan. 18, while in Las Vegas, Nevada to compete in a softball tournament.

The Firestorm are members of the AFCSL, San Diego's largest softball league as well as San Diego's largest gay sporting league.

San Diego to host MLB All-Star Game in 2016

SAN DIEGO, California -- Major League Baseball said Thursday that the 2016 All-Star Game has been awarded to San Diego, hosted by the Padres as Petco Park.

The San Diego Padres broke the news on its Twitter account, saying:

"It's official! Get ready San Diego ... we're getting an All-Star Game! #ASG"

This will be the first All-Star Game to come to Petco Park, although the Padres have hosted the All-Star Game in 1978 and 1992 at their former home at Jack Murphy Stadium.

The Padres moved into their new ballpark in 2004, located downtown.

Lesbian swimmer finds wave of support at University of Arizona

TUCSON, Arizona -- About a year ago, Lauren Neidigh was texting when she bluntly broke some news to her younger sister.

“Ashley,” she said, “I’m gay. I know that doesn’t bother you. I just need to tell someone.”

And with that, she began the process of coming out to her family and to her teammates at the University of Arizona, where she is on the swim team. She has found nothing but support along her journey.

Now a senior, she has participated in Olympic trials, where she swam a personal best in the 400-meter individual medley.

Michael Sam and Vito get engaged in Italy

ROME, Italy -- Michael Sam, who made history as the first openly gay player to be drafted by an NFL team, has gotten engaged to his boyfriend during a vacation to Europe.

Various gossip sites, including TMZ and Page Six, are reporting that Sam and his longtime boyfriend Vito Cammisano got engaged in Rome, Italy sometime after they arrived Dec. 30, 2014 on vacation in Europe.

Ducks seeking to move minor league hockey team to San Diego

ANAHEIM, California -- The Ducks are orchestrating the purchase of their minor league team in Norfolk, Virginia, according to reports, and intend to move the team to San Diego’s sports arena, the Valley View Casino Center.

The Ducks’ purchase was characterized Wednesday as a “near certainty” by two Norfolk city sources who spoke to the city’s newspaper, the Virginian-Pilot.

Michael Sam and 107 other athletes and sports officials came out as gay in 2014

OutSports.com did the math and counted 108 individuals associated with sports, who came out in 2014 as gay, lesbian or bisexual. The list of 80 men and 28 women includes high school, college and professional athletes, as well as coaches, administrators, sports media members and more.

“All told, 34 sports saw at least one person come out publicly,” OutSports writes.

Robbie Rogers: FIFA “insane” to host World Cups in Russia, Qatar

LA Galaxy star Robbie Rogers has spoken out about FIFA’s decision to host the 2018 and 2022 World Cups in Russia and Qatar, respectively.

The highest profile active soccer player to come out as being gay, Rogers has had plenty of the media spotlight on him over the past 18 months. Since he left English soccer and Leeds United in 2013 to head back to Major League Soccer and play for the LA Galaxy, Rogers has excelled in a new left back role and helped lead LA to the 2014 MLS Cup title in his first full season back in the league.

Warwick Rowers fighting homophobia, fully naked (NSFW)

The Warwick Rowers, everyone's favorite naked college athletic organization and international queer allies, have released another video this week that leaves very little to the imagination.

The eight minute NSFW video depicts the men rowing and discussing the logistics of playing their sport while completely naked. Check it out above.

Don't forget to buy the Warwick Rowers calendar, the proceeds of which go towards fighting homophobia.

Hulk Hogan: Pro wrestling has moved past its "barbaric mindset" about gays

Judgments about someone's sexuality have no place in professional wrestling, said Hulk Hogan. During a recent interview, the legendary grappler -- arguably the biggest name in sports entertainment history -- stated the industry has moved past the "barbaric mindset" which once made it unsafe for athletes to be openly gay.

"I think everybody's been reeducated, so it's not that big a deal," said Hogan when asked about the spate of professional athletes, including World Wrestling Entertainment superstar Darren Young, who have come out in recent years.

Gay skiing legend: We need more support from IOC

Openly gay ski legend Anja Paerson says the IOC is out of touch on LGBT issues and that she has little confidence that recent changes to the Olympic Charter will prevent discrimination in the future.

Sweden's Paerson, who retired in 2012 after a glittering career which included Olympic gold and seven world championship titles, claims the IOC should have taken a firmer stance in the controversial build-up to 2014 Winter Games in Sochi.