Author Archives: Beau Dure

Big heart makes women’s soccer special

Yes, women’s soccer can be frustrating. Two U.S. leagues have disappeared in the past 12 years, and the third is redefining “low profile.” Fans (and sometimes players) argue on social media about the strangest stuff. (This 18-month-...

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‘Crossing the Line': Are small-town soccer and courts this corrupt?

A judge thinks a high school girl bit another high school girl in a soccer game. When you read Jonathan Coleman’s Crossing the Line: How One Incident in a Girls’ Soccer Match Rippled Across Small-Town America, you’ll doubt such a t...

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Please don’t come to Boston; or, don’t give up on the Games

Contrary to popular belief, a city or country can be a financially responsible host for a major sports event. While we fret about the cost of the Olympics, Toronto just hosted the Pan American Games, which has more sports and … Continue readin...

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Rio Olympics: Build, tear down, rebuild

If you build venues for the Pan Am Games, then tear them down or abandon them less than 10 years later when the Olympics come to town, you’re doing something wrong. That’s what Rio is doing, as detailed in this … Continue reading &...

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Two NWSL reserve teams in WPSL Final Four, we think

Never easy, but here’s what I’ve figured out so far from the WPSL site schedule: Home teams listed first, where applicable. West Region Champions of Northwest (Issaquah), Pac North (Spurs), Pac South (SoCal); plus Pac South runner-up (San...

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Crystal Dunn brings the fun that women’s soccer needs

Not to take anything away from Carli Lloyd, a clutch performer of the highest caliber and someone who has worked very hard to get where she is, but something was missing in the Sports Illustrated cover story on her after the World … Continue...

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MMA fighters: Please don’t fight for your family

Marion Reneau is just the latest MMA fighter who says she’s fighting to support her family / give her family a better life: UFC women’s bantamweight contender Marion Reneau, who is pushing 40, started MMA in her early 30s to … Cont...

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Protesting the FIFA pay gap

Look! Up in the sky! It’s … a banner protesting unequal pay between the men’s and women’s World Cups! Yes, such a banner flew at the U.S. women’s ticker-tape parade on Friday. Hey FIFA look up at the #USWNTParade –...

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