When I’m not spending my days reviewing the latest in tech gadgetry, you’ll probably find me at a Portland Trail Blazers game, in a sports pub watching college football, or planning a trip to the next big sports event. I’m a sports junkie, to say the least. But since I can’t make it to every game, I need to find ways to stay connected from anywhere in the world. Thanks to these wonderful new smartphones that we all own, it has become increasingly easier to do just that. Here are the apps that I use most often, to stay up-to-date on the latest happenings in sports.
1. Straight Scoring:
If all you need is an app that gives you up-to-the-minute sports scores, then there are three that I would recommend. I personally use ESPN ScoreCenter, as I love the simple UI, customizability, and alerts. And whether or not you are a fan of ESPN, it’s tough to deny that their coverage is the best in the business, with this app acting as an extension of that coverage. Others are also very fond of Score Mobile and Yahoo’s Sportacular. All of the apps I mentioned allow you to setup your favorite teams, track them with ease, and see breaking news and scores as it comes across the wire.
2. Social Sports:
SportCaster has been one of my favorite sports apps since it was originally introduced. Now branded by CBS, SportCaster brings you the ultimate Twitter-powered sports experience. While scores and headlines are part of keeping up with your favorite teams, finding breaking news on Twitter from your local beat writer, the star player, or a national journalist is equally as important in 2012. A lot of the time, you’ll find nuggets of information on Twitter that a writer may not be willing to put in an article. This is also a great way to keep up with last minute injury statuses on your fantasy players.
Google Play Link: CBS SportCaster
All of the major sports sites have fantasy football apps these days. Thankfully, most of them are actually pretty good too. ESPN and Yahoo are more than likely the most popular, at least these are the two that I have used for years now. They are free, allow you to fully control your team, make moves, update lineups, trade, watch live scoring, etc. They are the best of the best. If you want to take your fantasy addiction even further, though, then an app like Fantasy Monster Pro, brought to you by Pro Football Weekly, is a great place to turn to. You’ll find all of the latest breaking fantasy updates, including injury reports and rankings.
5. Whats Hot Now:
Thuuz might be the coolest sports app you’ll ever install. Say your favorite teams have the night off, but you are still interested in catching a competitive game. Open Thuuz and check out their scoring system, which tells you which games are predicted to be close and worth a watch. Or let’s say you can’t decide which game to watch – Thuuz will alert you should one game become more exciting than the other. You can set your favorite teams or sports up, find local sports bars showing the game, see when it might be on your local TV, and more.
Google Play Link: Thuuz
What sports apps do you turn to, to stay up-to-date?