Five for Friday: Apps to get your sports fix

The world of professional sports has become the linchpin in many lives around the world. From the “Big 5″ – American Football, Baseball, Basketball, Hockey, Football – to the more obscure Golf, Lacrosse, NASCAR, and others, sports are everywhere. We all have our individual preference when it comes to the industry – I, personally, am a huge NBA fan – but one thing binds us all in sports fandom; the need to keep up with it all.

Some of us are one-team guys (Go Kings). Some of us follow anything within our geographical location – which, if you live in the San Francisco Bay, for instance, can get pretty wild; between the San Francisco Giants, the Oakland As, the Oakland Raiders, the San Fransisco 49ers, the Golden State Warriors and the San Jose Sharks, you’re looking at following six teams just in the primary four sports in the U.S. Some of us follow teams that represent where we come from. Perhaps you moved as a child, and you root rabidly for the team the plays in the area from whence you came.

But I digress; we all need a way to keep track of all these sports, and let’s face it; the newspaper doesn’t cut it anymore. So, without further delay, I present the top 5 apps for tracking all your favorite sports teams;

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the Score

  • Plenty of sports to choose from, including some of the more obscure leagues like Lacrosse and Canadian Football League.
  • Statistics screen only provides basic stats for each player, nothing in depth.
  • Play-by-Play screen for each game.
  • Configurable homescreen widget.

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CBS Sports

  • Fantasy scoring and management.
  • TV/Radio schedule (input your TV provider for a custom schedule).
  • Score overview for the day.
  • Ad-Supported
  • Large database of sports from which to choose.
  • Optional CBS Sports sign-in.

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  • Ad-Supported
  • Disappointingly limited selection of sports.
  • Video Highlights
  • ESPN Streaming built into the app.

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Yahoo Sports

  • Yahoo Fantasy management and scoring.
  • Database of sports competitive with CBS Sports and MSN Sports.
  • Limited stats page.
  • Ad-Supported
  • Dedicated “Tweets” page for each game.

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MSN Sports

  • Massive sports database – the biggest on this list.
  • Windows 10 UI (which, on Android, is rather startling)
  • Limited app options.
  • Very, very limited statistics.

Disagree with any of the selections you see here? Think we missed one? Let us know in the comments below.