Sports apps

Missing that scorching goal or the race you've been waiting all year to watch is gutting so we've rounded up some of the best apps available to keep up with your favourite sports - and thrown one in to help you get better at playing yourself. The chances are you can get an official (or non-official) app for your specific team, sport or even tournament but we've gone for some broader apps which you'll enjoy.

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ESPN ScoreCenterESPN ScoreCenter

A no-brainer when it comes to sports apps is ESPN's excellent ScoreCenter app which is free and available on all major platforms. The app does what is says on the tin and provides live scores for various sports around the world whether you follow NFL or golf. It also offers news, video and standings. It does have a US focus so note that Premier League comes under 'soccer' and Formula 1 appears in 'auto racing'. We particularly like the My Teams section which makes it easy to keep up to date with your team's progress. Although the app is free there a few adverts. See also: 5 of the best apps and games for kids.

Price: Free

Available on: Android, iOS, Windows Phone, BlackBerry

ESPN ScoreCenter interface

BBC iPlayer RadioBBC iPlayer Radio

We didn't think much of BBC's Sport app but the iPlayer Radio app is a great way to keep up with sports if you're not able to settle down in front of the TV. For events like The Ashes, you might even want to listen to coverage while working. With this app you'll be able to tune into BBC Radio 5 Live and Sports Extra for live commentary. The app has a good looking and easy to use interface and alerts so you don't miss the start of the programme. You will need to listen via Wi-Fi or mobile data so we suggest you keep an eye or your usage.

Price: Free

Available on: Android, iOS

BBC iPlayer Radio interface

Coach's EyeCoach's Eye

Coach's Eye allows you to study videos of your own sporting prowess, for almost any sport. Using the app you can watch, annotate and correct your errors. There is little limitation in the way you mark videos: lines, circles and freehand. You can play videos back at full speed, half speed, or scroll through each frame so you can see exactly what's happening. All the usual video editing tools are there, and you can upload clips for analysis or search through a repository of clips to pick up tips. There are no shortcuts, but if you want to put in some hours improving your sporting ability, Coach's Eye will help.

Price: £2.99 - £3.30 inc VAT

Available on: Android, iOS

Coach's Eye interface

Sky Sports TVSky Sports TV

We would have selected Sky Go which is an essential app for Sky users but you probably already know about it. However, Sky Sports TV gives non-Sky customers a chance to watch its sports channels. Download the free app and subscribe for a reasonable monthly fee gets you access to the four Sky Sports channels, Sky Sports F1, Sky Sports News plus Sky News. You can watch over a Wi-Fi or mobile data connection and there are only two real downsides: only certain Android devices are supports and any kind of video output to an external display like a TV or monitor is blocked.

Price: £4.99 per month inc VAT

Available on: Android, iOS

Sky Sports TV interface

F1 2013 TimingF1 2013 Timing

The price tag is high but you get a lot for your money with the F1 2013 Timing app - the free basic version just isn't worth it. The app provides all the information which you're itching to find out during a race and other sessions. This predominantly includes a 3D driver tracker so you can see who is where on the track. There are also lap times, tyre info, drs zones, race control messages, live text commentary and more. With plenty of features, this is a great choice for F1 fans although a new app will likely come out next year rendering this redundant.

Price: Free - £19.99 inc VAT

Available on: Android, iOS

F1 2013 Timing interface

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