Owning a smartphone means never having to wonder who's winning the big game, how your fantasy team is doing or how many home runs A-Rod made while you went to the store. Sports apps put the latest news, schedules, and statistics just a tap away, accompanied with hi-res pictures, podcasts and sometimes, even live-streamed video of the action. Here are the 15 best sports apps for every kind of fan.
Formerly known as SportsCenter, the ESPN app (Android, iOS) brings users the latest and greatest sporting news and information worldwide. Whether you're looking for updated scoring information, breaking news for various teams and leagues, or professional analysis, the ESPN app has got your back. Users can easily customize a list of favorite teams, allowing the app to provide a personalized sports news experience for all the franchises and athletes you care about. Cable subscribers can also tune in to the WatchESPN app (Android, iOS) for a variety of live-streamed games and shows as well as on-demand videos.
CBS Sports (Android, iOS) offers personalized score updates, stats, news and analysis for your favorite sports teams and leagues. The app also provides live streaming for a variety of events, such as NCAA Basketball and the PGA Tour, as well as access to on-demand video of game highlights, expert analysis and original video programs. Users can also listen in on live broadcasts of CBS Sports Radio.
theScore (Android, iOS) shines in delivering up-to-the-second game updates and statistics, as well as breaking sports news. An event calendar lets you easily look up upcoming games, statistics for past matches, as well as the latest scores and most important plays. Matches include detailed statistical breakdowns to warm the hearts of stat junkies, as well as play-by-play breakdowns. The app allows users to follow teams and individual players, giving you notifications of related news or big plays. Social features make stories, stats and game summaries easy to share with your friends and followers.
Yahoo rebranded Sportacular into the new Yahoo Sports (Android, iOS) app, designed to sync across the website and mobile apps. The goal is to provide all the best and latest news, scores and statistics for your favorite sports. Particular standouts in the app are the extremely detailed player, team and game statistics. We also like the highly customizable notifications that alert you to game starts, scoring plays and close game situations.
The Bleacher Report's Team Stream (Android, iOS) app shies away from the generalist approach of other sports news apps in exchange for a laser-like focus on your favorite team or franchise. Simply designate your favorite teams, and Team Stream delivers relevant, real-time notifications taken from numerous sources across the Web. You'll get scores, stories, pictures and videos featuring your chosen clubs. Get the latest breaking sports news from newspapers, blogs, websites and Bleacher Report, too.
Thuuz Sports (Android, iOS) makes sure you never miss your team's most exciting games, combining the ability to follow your favorite sports, teams, and players, with a clever system that follows news and online buzz in order to create an excitement rating of 0 to 100 for upcoming games. Users can then easily look up game schedules and find out where they can watch the upcoming big game, whether on cable channels, streaming, or your nearest sports bar. In addition to the game scheduling, Thuuz also provides extras like personalized sports news, on-the-go alerts and fantasy sports tracking.
The internet and mobile apps have been a great help to the growth of popularity of fantasy sports, and one of the best all-in-one apps out there is the Yahoo Fantasy Sports app (Android, iOS), which covers fantasy football, baseball, basketball and hockey. Players can create or join fantasy leagues, set up drafts, quickly set up team lineups and track scores and performance, as well as check out analysis by Yahoo Sports and Rotoworld experts. In addition to custom leagues, users can also participate in weekly and daily fantasy games with a chance to win real money.