The 9 Best Sports Apps You Need to Know

Keep up with scores, find tickets, follow favorite players and more.

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If you like sports of any kind–from baseball to rugby–you can rest assured that there's an app to keep you up to date on your favorite teams, players and more. Below, is a run-through some of the top downloads to consider to boost your fan cred.

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ESPN

ESPN

The first app on the list is an obvious pick. Just as ESPN is a go-to channel for many sports fans, its associated app is a great way to keep up to date with with your favorite teams. By signing in, you can personalize the app experience so it displays just your favorite leagues and teams. League options include the MLB, NFL, college football, NBA, NHL, college basketball, MLS and Esports.

If you have ESPN through your cable provider, you'll also be able to stream live games, news and more through the app. Note that there's a separate WatchESPN app for Android and iPhone (and other platforms like Roku and PlayStation) that lets you stream content from the full lineup of ESPN channels.

Cost: Free

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Yahoo Sports

Yahoo Sports

The Yahoo Sports app provides game scores, stats and other info on your favorite teams and players across a huge number of sports leagues: NFL, NBA, NHL, MLB, college football, soccer, golf, MMA and tennis. When you sign in to the app using your Yahoo account, you can select your favorite teams and leagues to personalize the experience based on your interests. You can also customize alerts for things like score updates or new games.

Cost: Free

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Bleacher Report

Bleacher Report

Bleacher Report (a great follow on Instagram, incidentally) is a popular sports news site, and its mobile apps keep you up to date on your favorite teams' scores. Like other apps, it allows you to pick your favorite teams so you only receive the updates that matter to you. It's worth considering because, when you enable push notifications, it's one of the more reliable, speedier options for getting updates on scores, wins, losses and predictions.

Cost: Free

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LiveScore

LiveScore

LiveScore's been providing real-time scores online since 1998, and it's a great place to turn if you simply want to check in on a game you're not able to watch. 

LiveScore includes scores for football, soccer, tennis, basketball and hockey. Notably, baseball scores are not currently available through the app. The app's most popular with soccer fans, so it might appeal most to those who follow European/non-US leagues.

Cost: Free

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NBA

NBA

The official NBA app lets you view live scores, stats and game times; watch top press conferences; watch top plays and game highlights; and follow your favorite teams. While the app is technically a free download, you'll get the most functionality if you subscribe to the NBA League Pass (from $17.99 per month), which lets you watch live games and more. In that case, you'll be able to stream content including live games and full game replays through the app.

Cost: Free

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NFL Mobile

NFL Mobile

All app users can access NFL news, highlights, stats, up-to-the-minute scores and more during the off-season and on the path to the Super Bowl. If you're a Verizon subscriber, you can also view live games, while Game Pass subscribers can replay past games and more through the app.

Cost: Free (though most in-app video requires being a Verizon customer or having an NFL Game Pass membership, the latter of which costs $49.99)

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MLB At Bat

MLB

Baseball fans should definitely have the official MLB app on their phone. You can view all your favorite teams' scores, stats and news via the team pages in the app, and you can watch key plays and moments from every game, even without a premium subscription. Having the premium subscription unlocks condensed game videos, among other features.

Cost: Free (though most features require a premium subscription, priced at $2.99 per month)

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Instagram

Cristiano Ronaldo/Instagram

Why does a photo-sharing social media platform get such a high spot on a list of the top sports apps? Because it's one of the best ways to keep up with your favorite players. Mega-stars from LeBron James to Cristiano Ronaldo to Tom Brady (just to name a tiny fraction of the athletes you'll find here) have accounts that they update regularly, giving you an inside look at their lives both on and off the road. I follow all my favorite NBA players on Instagram, and their accounts are honestly some of the most fun to view!

Cost: Free

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StubHub

Stubhub

Usually, part of the sports fan experience is attending games whenever possible, and the StubHub app is a good way to see who's playing where, when and just how much it will cost you to grab seats. You can buy and sell seats to NFL, NBA, MLB, NCAA, college basketball, football, motorsport and other events and view interactive seating maps of the stadium in question directly from your phone.

Cost: Free

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