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Most Versatile Player: Sportacular gives you at-a-glance scores, but tap on a game to get scoring, stats, and summaries of the action.

My favorite sport tracker has turned out to be Sportacular, which offers both a concise at-a-glance view of the day’s sporting scores along with a wealth of stats, news, and player data. A ball logo at the top of the screen lets you easily jump between seven sports. Once inside a particular sport, Sportacular lists that day’s scores—arrows let you jump forward and back on the calendar—while icons at the bottom of the screen let you access standings, stats, and news related to that sport. The Player Stats screen is especially useful—not only can you look individual stats, there’s also a feature that lets you track the performance of players on your fantasy teams. (Not that I would ever waste my time on such frivolities.)

In sports, you value a player who can excel at multiple positions. Sportacular is that same kind of valuable utility player—it’s as great at quickly checking to see who won as it is showing you how they won.

All seven apps reviewed are compatible with any iPhone or iPod touch running the iPhone 2.x software update.

[ executive editor Philip Michaels now knows the scores of Canadian Football League contests thanks to these apps.]

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