Thanks to smartphones, information of any kind is at our fingertips at any time of the day or night. For sports fans, that means all the latest news, scores, videos and info can be accessed at the touch of a few buttons. With that in mind, here are five of the best apps every sports fan should have on their phone and tablet.
For up-to-the-second live scores, there is no better resource than Flash Score. Covering every professional soccer league and competition in the world as well as numerous other sports – from cricket and basketball to tennis and golf – Flash Score not only provides scores but stats, live commentary, team news, league standings, head to head records, and even betting odds.
It is simple to use, with a navigation bar that opens on the left of the screen where users can scroll through sports in alphabetical order, while each sport has a “Live Games” section to skip straight to the games taking place.
Additionally, users of Flash Score can “favourite” their preferred sports, leagues, teams and athletes so they show at the top of the app. To stay on top of scores and results as they happen, Flash Score is a must for every sports fan.
This app may apply to soccer fans and Premier League soccer fans in particular, but it deserves it’s place on this list for a few specific reasons.
Firstly, as the official app of the most popular soccer league in the world, Premier League contains all the latest news, results, fixture information, and player and team stats soccer fans need. Premier League fans can also “favorite” their own club where they can access ticket information, broadcast schedules, and match highlights.
However, the second reason it earns a place on this list is the direct access it offers to Fantasy Premier League. With over six million FPL players this season, players can make changes to their teams, access FPL info and fixtures, and select their teams and captains for the upcoming week all from the app.
For FPL obsessives – and there are millions of them – the Premier League app is essential.
Another app dedicated to a specific sport and a specific league, but for basketball fans, the NBA app is an absolute must. Access to all the stats, player and team info, game reports and highlights make the NBA app very good.
However, being able to access NBA TV and NBA League Pass – and with it every live NBA game of the regular season and playoffs – makes the NBA app one of the best sports apps around.
Even for those without an NBA League Pass, you can still access key highlights from every game as well as play-by-play commentary. Additionally, basketball fans can access the NBA store to order merchandise and even vote for the NBA All-Star team direct through the app.
To stay up to date with horse racing, there are numerous options, but for an app that provides an all-encompassing service for racing fans, Racing Post stands out.
Racing Post offers in-depth information horse racing cards from around the world – including major events like the Kentucky Derby odds, Dubai World Cup and Royal Ascot – horse racing tips, racing betting tips and offers, news, results, and a live streaming service.
The live streaming service includes live commentary and pre- and post-race analysis from the channel’s experts, and it can all be accessed directly through the app on any smartphone, tablet, or computer.
For racing tips and info, the Racing Post Predictor provides an animated forecast of final standings based on the tips provided by their experts based on stats and ratings.
There are many general sports news apps to download, but our pick for this list is the ESPN app. As the largest sports network in the world, ESPN provides wide coverage of every major sport and sports event on the planet.
Of course, its coverage of major American sports leagues including the NBA, NFL, MLB and NHL is unrivalled among general sports apps, while soccer, combat sports, motorsport, tennis, and other sports are also well covered in terms of news, videos and features.
Additionally, cricket fans can access ESPN Cricinfo through the ESPN app (although you may as well just download the Cricinfo app separately).
For ESPN subscribers, you can access live streams direct through your phone or tablet, as well as get notifications sent directly to your phone.