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Bing Sports for Windows Phone 8 updated, delivers new sports categories and more (Updated)

On the heels of Microsoft updating Bing Weather for Windows Phone 8, Bing Sports is getting into the action with an update as well.

Bing Sports moved to version 2.0.2.177 and while there's not an official change log posted, it appears the update adds a few new sports categories. You've got your customary professional sports listed (NFL, NBA, NFL, etc) along with collegiate sports, the PGA, and MLS but now NASCAR is showing up on the list.

You have both the NASCAR Sprint Cup and Nationwide series listed on the My Sports page which will pull up schedules, top stories, standings and recent race results.

Granted the NASCAR categories could have been added during the last update but we didn't notice them. The most recent update for Bing Sports likely has the obligatory performance tweaks as well and if you've noticed anything new with Bing Sports, sound off in the comments below.

For those who haven't given Bing Sports a try, it is a free app for your Windows Phone 8 device that you can download here (opens in new tab) in the Windows Phone Store.

Update: So the NASCAR categories are new but so is Tennis, MotoGP, NASCAR, Golf (European Tour and LPGA), Rugby (Pro 12 and French Top 14), and Soccer (18 new international soccer leagues - including FA Cup, Europa Cup, Copa Sudamericana, Copa Libertadores etc.).

Other new features include:

  • Soccer game details page for BPL: Go to Premier League and click on any game, you will see a nice in-app experience as opposed to taking you to web earlier.
  • Improved roster with player headshots for NFL, NBA, MLB and NHL. Leading Players and Leading Teams stats for all leagues and teams
  • Improved schedule logic in home page to show more games
  • Your favorite team news in detailed news pano. Click on the arrow (>) in the news panel to dive into detailed news experience
  • Detailed Videos page: Click on the arrow (>) in videos panel, to see more videos for top US leagues
  • A few performance improvements

Thanks, Prabhuk, for the change log!

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George is the Reviews Editor at Windows Central, concentrating on Windows 10 PC and Mobile apps. He's been a supporter of the platform since the days of Windows CE and uses his current Windows 10 Mobile phone daily to keep up with life and enjoy a game during down time.

47 Comments
  • Nice. Bing Weather, Sports and News are probably my most used apps.
  • Here are the new features in this update,
     
    New leagues: Tennis, MotoGP, NASCAR (Sprint Cup and Nation Wide), Golf (European Tour and LPGA), Rugby (Pro 12 and French Top 14), Soccer (18 new international soccer leagues -  including FA Cup, Europa Cup, Copa Sudamericana, Copa Libertadores etc.)
     
    Soccer game details page for BPL: Go to Premier League and click on any game, you will see a nice in-app experience as opposed to taking you to web earlier. (this is coming for other leagues soon)
     
    More stats: Improved roster with player headshots for NFL, NBA, MLB and NHL. Leading Players and Leading Teams stats for all leagues and teams
     
    Other features:
    - Improved schedule logic in home page to show more games
    - Your favorite team news in detailed news pano. Click on the arrow (>) in the news panel to dive into detailed news experience
    - Detailed Videos page: Click on the arrow (>) in videos panel, to see more videos for top US leagues
    - Lot of performance improvements
  • What about MMA????
  • Sorry no MMA yet :-(
  • MMA doesn't get any love.
    ESPN is the same way...
    If there was an official sports app that had MMA highlights, news and stats it would definitely make it to my home screen.
  • ESPN ScoreCentre has MMA. The ESPN Hub does not.
  • Scottish football? Had a look and couldn't find Rangers or Celtic? I know it's nowhere near as popular as English football...but they have leagues from countries I've never even heard of, lol!
  • Scottish Premier League is present. I can search for 'Celtic' and go to their team page in the app..
  • Yeah...I can find it now, lol...haven't a clue what I was doing wrong before! Thanks. :)
  • If 'tennis' isn't there i'm going to stab someone....  if it's on the windows version why isn't it on the wp8 version?
  • it's there.. all is calm again in the world.
  • If thumb-wrestling is not in there...I'm gonna FA-REEK!
  • LOL thanks! :D
  • Still haven't fixed navigation within the app, and the news is still an unorganized mess. Come on MS, gotta make it easier on people.
  • There should also be a way to share a news article, I think that's very important. I mean with the CNN and USA Today app you can.
  • I really love what's happening with Bing :)
  • Two things this app needs. Alerts/notifications and in app stats. Always opening a web portal is cumbersome.
  • I'll second the Notifications!!!  I can only get that through the ESPN Hub right now, I can't believe it is that hard for apps to create those notifications!  NFL's app has them though, which is nice, but I also want them for the Detroit Tigers games.  I'd love for my dedicated Baseball app (use it to get the team live tile) had toast notifications....
  • I love these apps. Way to Microsoft!
  • Track and Field???
  • Does it cover MMA? It didn't before which is why I ditched it.
  • since i like ony football, the football app is enough for me
  • Double wide tile for Bing weather sweet!!
  • Two changes I noticed:
     
    1. The scoreboard now shows matches in the coming days rather than only on the current day
    2. If you press on a match it now gives you details within the app, whereas previously it used to kick you out into the browser
     
  • Tennis is there, finally.
  • Nah, they've got a few years left till it gets main-stream!
  • Rosters now show more detail and top players for each team are now displayed due hockey teams.
  • Now has support for Colombian soccer league.
  • It better inlcude curling is all I gotta say.  
  • NASCAR ....... Finally. The NASCAR app isn't so good.
  • Neither is their own train wreck of a website either.  Nascar.com has to be one of the shttiest designed websites I've ever seen.  It used to be a daily visit for me but since the redesign earlier this year, I'm having to rely on blogs for my news.  
  • What is the best sports app for NFL play by play updates? The official app is still Buggy and crashes once in a while.
  • Shouldn't there be just one app for all. I just think it will be convenient if we have just one bing app and then have sub categories as sports news and so in
  • So is pinning a favorite team supposed to have a live tile of some sort?
  • You can PIN your teams, it will only show a logo for their corresponding sport though, no live tile effect. Clicking the tile brings you straight to the teams page.
     
  • Nope teams don't have a live tile yet..
  • Is there CFL yet?
  • I'm wondering the same.....but probably not :(
  • Bing apps always seem to break my notifications. Have installed and unistalled 3 times now.
  • I want czech football (soccer) league "Gambrinus liga" :( The league is currently ranked 15-17th in Europe rankings. Scotland league is 24th and it is in the app :/
    I hope maybe next update :)
  • World of Redbull covers all the sports I care about.
  • Please bring the European hockey leagues (Liiga, SHL etc.) to the app! And Finnish soccer too.
  • Agree!
  • Please add score notifications and news for specific leauges/teams. Otherwise greate look, fell and functions.
  • Please add score notifications and news for specific leauges/teams
  • Nice app only I don't care much for sports.
  • the live tile doesn't update at all on my phone it still has the score from the lakeres and nets game wich was like a long time ago