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5 sports apps to download now

5 sports apps to download now

4/10/2014

Sports fanatics crave real-time information. They need the latest updates on games, standings and trade deals that could make or break their favorite teams. With this in mind, it's no surprise that mobile sports apps have become so popular. When people aren't near a computer or television, they can check their smartphones to see what's going on in the world of sports.

In addition, sports apps let users catch the highlights of exciting games. If fans missed their favorite teams play last night, they could simply watch key plays during their morning commutes so they don't miss out on sports talk at work.  

Here are five sports apps to help mobile users stay in the loop:

1) ESPN SportsCenter
ESPN SportsCenter, a free app for Android and iOS, gives users access to up-to-date scores and breaking sports news. With the app's notification options, fans can set mobile alerts for whenever their favorite teams make a big play. The app is integrated with Twitter, so users see what sports topics the social media sphere is currently buzzing about. New features include support for March Madness games and a "Tournament Challenge" that gives fans a chance to win up to $10,000 in prizes.

2) theScore
​Ranked on PCMag's "Best Android Apps of 2013" list, theScore provides live coverage of the NCAA tournament, NBA, MLB, NHL, NFL and many other leagues. The app lets March Madness fans check the status of their brackets and receive real-time tournament news. Using theScore's one-tap social sharing feature, users are able to tweet high-quality screenshots from the app. Meanwhile, stats lovers can use the "Player Card Profiles" feature to research players' recent and season-long statistics.

3) CBS Sports
With the CBS Sports app, college basketball fans can create and manage their March Madness brackets. If users want friends and family to join their bracket pools, they can send invitations via email, text or social media. The app gives sports fans live access to CBS Sports Radio and the network's "Fantasy Football Today" and "Fantasy Baseball Today" shows.

4) NFL Mobile
The official app of the NFL lets football fans check team standings, watch highlights and find game tickets. Fantasy league participants can manage their teams and gain insights using the "NFL Fantasy Cheat Sheet." The tablet version of the app gives users access to NFL RedZone, NFL Network 24/7 and live NFL.com webcasts.

5) MLB.com At Bat
MLB.com At Bat allows MLB.TV premium subscribers to watch more than 200 spring training games. Users can search for specific players, teams and keywords on the app's video library archive to watch key moments. At Bat's new features let baseball fans select multiple favorite teams and receive push notifications when runs are scored.

If you're a sports fanatic who hasn't upgraded to a smartphone yet, perhaps these apps could give you an added incentive to finally make the switch. Fortunately, ProtectCELL will buy back cell phones that you won't need anymore, helping you save up money toward a new device. ProtectCELL's cell phone buyback program offers up to 50 percent back on first-year phones and 25 percent on those in their second year of use.

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