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Yesterday at the Red Bull Arena in New Jersey, Microsoft announced their multi-year partnership with Major League Soccer (MLS); the two companies are announcing a unique Windows 8 app to bring the globally loved game even closer to its fans.

The partnership is part of MLS' goal to be known as "the smartest league"; taking advantage of the latest technology to deliver "cutting-edge experiences for soccer fans in the stadium and online." MLS is the top-fight professional soccer league in the United States and Canada.

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Bowling games for your Windows Phone can be a great way to pass the time. AE Bowling 3D is a relatively new bowling game for our Windows Phone that has promise.

AE Bowling 3D has two game modes and the option to play solo games, games against the computer and multi-player games (pass and play style). Graphics are nice, you're not bogged down with a lot of transition screens, and you have the ability to control the angle of your throw with your Windows Phone tilt sensors. The physics could be better but all in all, AE Bowling 3D isn't too shabby of a game.

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Ninepin Bowling is a 3D bowling game for your Windows Phone 8 device. It's a nicely animated, somewhat challenging game for those wanting a break from the 10-pin bowling games.

Ninepin Bowling is a fun game for your Windows Phone but it does have a little room for improvement. The one issue that may hold this game back the most is the lack of a trial version.

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Windows Phone Central Game Roundup: Golf
Windows Phone Central Game Roundup: Golf Games

There's a small golf tournament going on over in Augusta, Georgia this week where one golfer will take home a coveted Green Jacket (and a healthy pay check).  In honor of this event, we felt that a roundup of golf games would be fitting.  Plus the weather's getting warmer and if your a golfer stuck in the office, these games might help take the edge off the need to hit the links.

Sure you have Shotly Golf to help you keep score and find courses. Then there's Golf Live to help you keep up with all the golf news out there. This roundup deals with golf games for your Windows Phone. Everything from a wonderfully animated Xbox title to a challenging round of golf featuring a stick man.  We even throw in a putt-putt golf game for those who prefer to putt around over dealing with fairways and roughs.

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Windows Phone Central App Roundup: Baseball
Windows Phone Central App Roundup: Baseball Apps

Last week, Major League Baseball kicked off the 2013 Season and we thought it fitting to take a look a the baseball oriented apps in this week's roundup.

You do have sports apps like ESPN Scorecenter and ScoreMobile that will pull MLB news and scores to your Windows Phone but these are baseball only type apps. Apps that will keep you up to date with all the scores, stats and standings and one app that will help you score games yourself.

If you've got a favorite baseball oriented app, feel free to sound off in the comments.

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Windows Phone Central App Roundup: March Madness
Windows Phone Central App Roundup: March Madness

There are plenty of Windows Phone apps out there to help us follow the world of sports (ESPN and ScoreMobile come to mind). In a few days, teams will be announced for the 2013 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament, affectionately known as March Madness.  Office pools will be created and tournament brackets will be filled out by the bazillions. People who haven't watched a single collegiate basketball game all season will call in sick to work so they can catch all the games. Madness may be an understatement.

With such an event just around the corner, this week's roundup will focus on March Madness apps. Windows Phone apps that will let you create your own bracket prediction, help you track tournament scores, and compete online to see how well your bracketology skills are.

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If you're looking for a simple game for your Windows Phone 8 device to pass short bits of time with, give Touchdown Run a try.

The game is about as simple as it can be but challenging enough to make it interesting. With Touchdown Run, you play the role of a football player fielding a kickoff or breaking away from the line of scrimmage heading to the end zone.

You have to navigate your player through a sea of defensive players, without getting touched, and make it safely to the end zone.

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Test your Gridiron knowledge with NFL Trivia

With the Super Bowl just days away, many will begin touting their vast knowledge of the NFL. NFL Trivia is a Windows Phone app that will test that knowledge and may give you a leg up on the competition.

The trivia game is laid out about as simply as you can get with two modes of play, Simple and Trivia. Simple Mode presents you with ten questions and awards you points for each correct answer. Trivia Mode also offers you points for each correct answer but has an endless string of questions.

NFL Trivia may not have many bells and whistles but it isn't a bad test of your NFL knowledge.

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If you're a fan of any of the Southeastern Conference's Collegiate teams, the Windows Phone 8 app Team Tiles - SEC is a must. The app covers all fourteen teams of the SEC and has individual team pages for each team that has links to that particular University's academic and athletic websites and a link to make a donation to that University.

Each University page also has the latest news headlines from ESPN.com so you can keep up the latest news. There is also a SEC Links page that has links the the SEC Network website, ESPN.com's SEC Blog, and the SEC on Youtube and Facebook pages.

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QuickScores is a simple Windows Phone app that delivers scores for six major sporting leagues. QuickScores doesn't have many bells and whistles but if you're looking for a quick and easy way to check scores, it might be worth a try.

QuickScores provides scores and game times for:

  • The National Football League
  • Major League Baseball
  • The National Basketball Association
  • The National Hockey League
  • NCAA Football
  • NCAA Basketball
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Fantweestic! is a Windows 8 Twitter client with the sports fan in mind and it's about to go on sale.

Fantweestic! is from Liquid Daffodil, the developers of the Windows Phone apps glƏƏk!, Outsider and Locksider, and offers a sports themed take on Twitter.

Fantweestic! has the ability to easily add a Team or College Twitter feed directly to your views based on the theme you select. There's about forty themes available, including a Windows Phone Central theme! Oh... if you don't see your College or sports team listed in the theme, there's no need to panic.  Shoot the developer an email and it should be on the list shortly thereafter. Fantweestic's goal is to have hundreds of themes available.

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Just in time for the upcoming NBA Season, Basketball Live has landed in the Windows Phone Store. The regular season for the National Basketball Association begins on October 30, 2012 and Basketball Live will help bring all the news, scores, and highlights of the season to your Windows Phone.

Basketball Live is from the same group, Denham Software Solutions, that developed NFL Live and Baseball Live. Basketball Live shares many of the same features as the football and baseball versions.

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Gooooooooaaaaaal!

As promised, Gameloft’s long-in-development soccer simulator, Real Soccer (also known as Real Football in Europe) has made it to the Windows Phone Store. It took some digging to find the North American download link, as the European version counts as a separate title and can’t be downloaded from the US. But our friends Judbud and Zebrasqual came through!

Head past the break for our impressions and download links for both versions of the game.

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The July release of Gameloft’s Asphalt 5 surprised us in more ways than one. First, a non-Mango Xbox Live game in mid-2012 is entirely unheard of. Second, before hearing otherwise from Microsoft, I’d have bet money that the game was quietly cancelled. Asphalt 5 was one of 50 Windows Phone 7 launch titles announced way back in 2010, so clearly the game endured a series of delays before managing to launch at last.

This week another of those ‘launch titles’ finally squeaks out of the gate: Real Soccer, also from Gameloft. Color me surprised again!

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We mentioned the ESPN Fantasy Football App for Nokia Windows Phone being available shortly just the other day and today, ESPN FFL 2012 is available for download. The free app will let you manage multiple fantasy football teams, check in on player performance and view news and video highlights from ESPN.

ESPN FFL 2012 also taps into FantasyCast Live Scoring that will deliver real time player and matchup scoring to your Windows Phone.

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Are you ready, for some Football? Well are ya?

An update to Football Pro '12 (formerly known as NFL Pro '12) has been updated over at the Windows Phone Marketplace in preparation for the upcoming season. While the Marketplace title stills reflects the Football Pro '12 name, the version 2.0 update takes the app to Football Pro '13.

Confused? So were we but apparently it takes a while before the Marketplace will reflect the name change for the app. What you're looking for is version 2.0. Once you run the Football Pro, you'll see things setup for the 2013 season within the app itself.  Even though the title is dated '12.

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WPCentral's roundup of running/jogging apps for your Windows Phone

Several months ago the popular fitness app RunKeeper was pulled from the Windows Phone Marketplace. The reason was simple, the developer decided to drop support for the app and focus on other platforms. This opened the door for other fitness apps to step up and fill the gap.

We decided to take a peek at the popular fitness apps that concentrated on running/jogging to see what alternatives are out there. Plus Dan just joined a fitness center and is looking for a good jogging app.

After reading user reviews on the Marketplace and taking a peek at the apps ourselves, we've narrowed the field to five.  All five have similarities with online components and making use of your Windows Phone's GPS.  One even adds a storyline and a bit of suspense to your workouts.  As always, if we missed the running app that you think is the bee's knees, jump in below and share your thoughts in the comments.

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We’re not too sure what to make of this but here’s the deal: there’s a seemingly very official ESPN Radio app now in the Windows Phone Marketplace and you can download it to any Windows Phone not just a Nokia.

We mention that because it was only Friday that Nokia came out with the news that an ESPN Radio app should be in the Nokia Marketplace within the next day or two. Well, here we are two days later and there is a very nice ESPN Radio app but it will also load on any Windows Phone. Accident? On purpose? Does Nokia have a ‘special edition’ of the app coming out very soon too? We just don’t know…

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