Owning a smartphone means never having to wonder who's winning the big game, how your fantasy team is doing or whether Steph Curry started sinking three-pointers while you went to the store. Sports apps put the latest news, schedules, and statistics just a tap away, accompanied with hi-resolution pictures, podcasts and sometimes, even live-streamed video of the action. Here are the 20 best sports apps for every kind of fan. (Image Credit: Cunaplus/Shutterstock)
The oft-updated 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. You also can now subscribe to the $5-a-month ESPN+ service within the app, allowing you to stream films, live shows, and games straight to your device while also enjoying insider content from ESPN writers.
Where the ESPN app gives you a great overview and highlights of everything going on in the sporting world — and some live sports coverage if you subscribe to ESPN+ — the WatchESPN app (Android, iOS) is more about ESPN's own programming and event broadcasts. If you're subscribed to a participating cable or telecom provider, the WatchESPN app lets you stream live video or episodes from the sporting giant's many channels and shows, as well as the latest live games that the channel carries, such as college football, the NBA, MLS, and MLB.
Die-hard sports fans looking for focused, no-guff coverage without being flooded by advertisements should check out The Athletic (Android, iOS), a subscription-based sports news website that's all about long-form, in-depth coverage by professional sports writers focused on a growing variety of US and Canadian markets. The Athletic's writers cover everything from the big national leagues like the NFL and NBA, to local and collegiate action. You can avail of a seven-day free trial to check things out, with monthly subscriptions starting at $9.99 per month.
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, as well as a dedicated video streaming channel, CBS Sports HQ.
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. Game reports 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 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. And with Verizon's new NFL contract, you can now stream some NFL games through Yahoo Sports, regardless of who your wireless service provider is.
The Bleacher Report (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 pick your favorites, 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. The app also serves up the latest breaking sports news from newspapers, blogs, websites and Bleacher Report, too.