If love (or money) makes the world go round, then big sports events push the pause button.
It happens every year: with the arrival of the Super Bowl or the Champions League final comes a mass evacuation of the streets and the filling of bars, pubs, and sports clubs across the world. During those breathtaking minutes when the ball is in play, tens of millions of fans are on tenterhooks. We suffer and relish in the moment in equal measure.
And as you may expect, events with such a huge following inevitably become massively trending topics. Last night's match is the main protagonist of today's coffee machine conversations - and on the bus, and in the supermarket queue. No matter if you're a glory supporter, following only the big finals, or you're one of those sport forum lurkers who'll watch anything that involves two teams or more: having info to go with the chat is a must.
Luckily, there's a whole league of apps out there to keep us on the pulse of the sports, teams, and competitions that interest us most. Today, we're bringing you five triumphant Android apps for sports news and results.
CBS Sports is one of the most complete sports news apps on the market, and a total gem for real sports fans. Catch up on news from your favorite leagues, teams, and top players, watch video highlights and live matches, read up on expert analysis, and get results and league table changes in real time. If you're a devil for the details, you'll love that it also includes plenty of stats, team line-ups, and a calendar of upcoming fixtures.
The CBS Sports interface is simple and intuitive, and it also includes widgets and a whole range of notifications to keep all your sports news as accessible as possible.
theScore is a hugely popular sports news app, thanks to its wide range of content and attractive design. On theScore, you'll find all the information you could possibly need to stay abreast of sporty happenings across the globe: articles, real-time results, match info, stats, and upcoming fixtures. You can also filter out your favorite teams and leagues, and add widgets to your home screen for quick and easy access.
Small-time leagues may not feature, but all major sports are there (NHL, NBA, MLB, The Barclaycard Premiership, La Liga, tennis opens, etc): there's something for everyone.
365Scores is similar to the theScore, both in design and in content. However, there are two significant differences. Firstly, 365 offers much more localized content - you can choose from 20 languages, with news items served from local sources too. And secondly, 365 has a much more social focus, with chatrooms where you can chinwag about the latest games with other fans.
Add to the mix homescreen widgets, detailed and up-to-the-minute information, and everything you need to stay on top of results, team sheets, and league tables for your favorite championships.
Team Stream from Bleacher Report is a sports news app which organizes all of its info in a unique way. Instead of offering a home page with different sections (news, fixtures, results, etc.) that are browsable via separate windows, Team Stream features one big news feed, fixed on one team only.
So if you're an Barcelona FC fan, for example, you can see who your next match is against, related tweets, the latest news, Instagram posts, related videos, and all manner of multimedia content, ordered chronologically by publication date. In other words, all the info you need on your team, in one easily accessible and organized home.
LiveScore by SofaScore is a veteran to the sports news genre. It's changed more than its name and logo in recent years: we're looking at constant new and exciting features. The result is a versatile app which can be used not just for searching for specific match results, but also for getting more technical team info, match details, and stats.
If you're more interested in reading articles and match reports, LiveScore is probably not for you. But if you're looking for detailed results, fixtures, and team info at a glance, LiveScore is everything you need and more.