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A well-designed, feature-rich sports app is something of a marvel on a mobile platform. While dozens of programs exist, the best are usually limited to specific sports or teams. Those that don’t have these limitations then run in to an even larger problem: how does one app show statistics and results from dozens of sports, each with dozens of teams?

The answer to that question might come from an unexpected source: Yahoo.

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The app store is full of a lot of great apps in many different categories, but in my experience it’s really been lacking a really good sports scores and statistics app. I tried using ScoreCenter and CBS Sports, but found both to be lacking a quality experience.

Luckily, I had ScoreMobile available on my iPhone, which I found overall to be a good app. But when it comes to looking up scores, standings and statistics, you simply can’t beat the screen real estate you get from the iPad versus the iPhone. Fortunately, ScoreMobile was recently updated, bringing with it iPad optimization and a brand new moniker — theScore Mobile. Hit the jump to find out if the “holy grail” of sports scores and statistics apps has finally come to the iPad. (more…)

EA’s annually-refreshed series of FIFA games are an impressive achievement for the developer. Next to Call of Duty, the year’s FIFA game is one of few products to regularly receive overnight queues and widespread sell outs, at least in the UK. And the success of the series is far from unjust with even the most minimal fans of the sport being able to have a great time in the competitive setting.

Sport games aren’t new for iOS but, to be honest, they aren’t something I’ve opted for in the past. However, when FIFA 13 happened to be a launch-optimised universal title for the iPhone 5, I decided to give it a go with some impressive results. Let’s take a look! (more…)

Though the Olympics have been over for quite some time now, the excitement from the games still lingers in the air. Seriously — it’s not everyday that people from across the globe can come together for competition. So when it does happen, it can’t not be exciting.

When the Olympics were about to begin, Chillingo launched their game Flick Champions: World Edition so everyone can join in on the fun. Being the Olympic version of their game Flick Champions, it is safe to assume that there are tons of great sporting events and new features inside. But does it take home the gold? Find out after the jump. (more…)

There’s no doubt that mobile gaming on the iPad is big business. Recently, market research group NPD released a report that found that the number of mobile games have increased up to 22% over the past year. There are many reasons for the rise of mobile gaming, but those reasons vary between various user groups.

I tend to be attracted to specific types of iPad games, and while I can appreciate console-like games (e.g. Mass Effect, Assassin’s Creed) being developed for the iPad, I simply prefer sticking to games that don’t make me miss a physical controller. Instead, I play ones that are developed for touch devices, especially games that use one of the most simple control concepts of all — flicking. After the jump you’ll find of a list of ten great games that merely require you to do a bit of flicking. (more…)

I’m a huge sports fan. I love playing, watching and involving myself in variety of sports all the time  — obviously it would make sense then to have a few sports games on my iPad. A dilemma I face sometimes though, is that the market for sport games on iOS is saturated with tons of apps you could really do without. With the Olympics still a recent memory as well, there’s never been a better time to love sports.

In this list, I have been concise in selecting, in my opinion, the best of the best sport games out there for the iPad. These are the ten that offer the most full and exiting experience for the sport in question. Let’s begin. (more…)

For those of you who don’t know, the Harlem Globetrotters are a basketball team notorious for their amazing trick shots. They never cease to amaze with their intricate moves, no matter how impractical they are.

Now, if you set a Globetrotter’s game about 1,000 years in the future, you’d have Gasketball. Gasketball takes your typical basketball game and makes it into a trick shot free-for-all. As the game goes on, the trick shots become more and more impressive. Can you stand up to the challenge? (more…)

As the iPad has developed, we’ve seen some of the world’s biggest publishers bring their most popular titles to the App Store, none more significant than EA Sports and Sega. The success of ubiquitous games like Tiger Woods PGA Tour & Football Manager Handheld on iOS, has shown that sports gaming is a viable concept on the platform, despite the high level of detail and complexity it demands.

However, one sport that hasn’t translated well into the world of computer gaming is tennis. Sure, there have been decent games developed for the major consoles, but even they haven’t managed to showcase the many intricacies and fluid movement of the real game as has been achieved with the likes of football and golf. With that thought, I present to you Sega’s Virtua Tennis Challenge. Can the iPad succeed where others have failed? Let’s find out. (more…)

Athletes rely on coaches to provide constructive feedback to help improve their game. Coaches can be a great resource to these athletes since the coach can see movements such as minor adjustments in form that the athlete cannot see. While this is a great way to improve fundamentals and conditioning, coaches may not always be available (depending on your location and/or budget).

Coach’s Eye is an app which uses the iPad camera to record a person performing an action. Once a video is recorded, the video can be manipulated and annotations can be added to show proper form or changes that need to be made. These videos can be sent straight to the athlete for study or shared to other people of interest. The unique feature of Coach’s Eye is the ability for the average user to appreciate seeing themselves performing the action and make adjustments as necessary. TechSmith Corporation, the developers of Coach’s Eye graciously provided a promo code to review this app.

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I love sports. Since the day I bought my iPad, I have used it to manage my fantasy teams, watch sports, and keep up to date on the latest news for the teams I follow. I played sports in high school and college and have coached at various levels. I still love to jump in a competitive game when I get a chance.

When I learned about CoachNote, I was excited to give it a try and find out if it would turn my iPad into a useful coaching tool.

Even if you haven’t grown up playing sports, you can probably remember a sports movie where the team huddles around the coach while he draws up the last winning play on a white board. CoachNote aims to replace that white board and make it much, much better. It is, essentially, a digital whiteboard that can be used as a great teaching tool for almost any sport. Allowing you to save and animate plays and drills so they can be quickly accessible whenever you need them.

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