Author Archives: Beau Dure

Washington Spirit report: Pretty good for preseason

Mild, sunny weather. A couple thousand fans nearly filling the stands and spreading out over the hillside. Crystal Dunn creating chance after chance. Washington Spirit fans had a lot to enjoy Saturday afternoon at the SoccerPlex. The result — a...

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A revelation on Jurgen Klinsmann

The U.S. men’s soccer coach is trying to impart some sort of style, a vague nation of playing “the right way” with skill and flair. He juggles his lineups, often putting players in unfamiliar positions. He emphasizes long-term gro...

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What sports teams really need more than anything …

… is this guy or someone like him:...

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“Fantastic Lies” and the lessons of the Duke lacrosse case

Don’t stereotype. Don’t rush to judgment. Those are the lessons of the Duke lacrosse case from 10 years ago. Three men suffered the horror of being flung into the spotlight as wrongly accused rape defendants, and the collateral damage wen...

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Covering MMA: Fascinating, frustrating, never dull

One of my projects for this year is to wrap up a book on my experiences covering mixed martial arts. I promise it’ll be a fun read. So I was happy to see SI’s terrific media reporter, Richard Deitsch, hosting … Continue reading &ra...

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Important Olympic qualifying dates

Yes, I’m still planning to do Olympic projections this year. I’m switching to a different system, though, and the projections won’t be up until early summer. In preparing for that, I compiled a massive list of dates that will determ...

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Curling controversy swirls at nationals

I’ve been writing about U.S. Soccer’s efforts to cultivate elite play even if it means breaking up teams and long-established ways of organizing competition. Turns out there’s a similar story in curling. Part of the issue: The High...

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The real controversies of U.S. Soccer in 2016

Eric Wynalda was not the most controversial speaker I saw at the NSCAA Convention this week. That honor goes to AYSO’s Scott Snyder. #AYSO Player Development Specialist Scott Snyder presenting at the @NSCAA Convention! #BmoreNSCAA pic.twitter....

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