Friday news: Not all Masters

A few headlines for today; look for a full Weekend Watch later. It’ll be staggering, given all that’s going on in soccer this weekend.

Soccer: Another step forward for the Dynamo’s stadium. Commenters still insisting we shouldn’t believe everything that’s been reported and researched — it’ll all fall on taxpayers, anyway. Yeah, reporting and research are overrated. (Houston Chronicle)

Soccer: Australia’s A-League has earned some praise and a few followers for late-night broadcasts on FSC, but with one club set to stop paying bills and others needing rescue, the head of operations has stepped down. (Sydney Morning Herald)

MMA: You might not have seen it on TV (I believe my first English-language option is NBC’s highlight show a little after 4 a.m. Sunday morning), but Bellator’s second season debuted last night with a solid win for UFC vet Roger Huerta and a survival-mode win for international wrestling vet Joe Warren. (MMA Fighting Stances)

MMA: A judge says fighting pioneer Ken Shamrock must pay the UFC $175,000 in legal fees after losing his lawsuit against the promotion. As Michael David Smith points out at FanHouse, that’s an effective deterrent for the UFC against future lawsuits from fighters, but it’s rather sad for Shamrock, whose fight career has only grown more farcical with each passing year. He’s a UFC Hall of Famer — can he put that status up for sale on eBay? (FanHouse)

Tennis: Kim Clijsters won a big title last week in Miami but had a rough transition to clay-court season, falling to 258th-ranked Beatriz Garcia Vidagany in the Andalucia Open. (AP)

Women’s football: No, not women’s soccer. We’re talking American football, which will have a women’s world championship. Should we contact IOC president Jacques Rogge to tell us the tournament won’t be competitive? The PDF with the roster tells us everyone’s full-time job — a handful of teachers, some physical trainers and at least one attorney. Don’t mess with this group. (USA Football)

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Beau Dure

The guy who wrote a bunch of soccer books and now runs a Gen X-themed podcast while substitute teaching and continuing to write freelance stuff.

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