The Olympics may be over but our excitement for following great sports is still going strong. From basketball to football (both the European and the American kinds), we love cheering on our home teams and hearing about an amazing play by our favorite athlete. Keeping up with each and every game, match or meet can be challenging, but luckily there are plenty of great news sources on Twitter who make it easy to stay on top of all the latest sports happenings.
1. @SkySports: If you just can’t get enough of England’s Premier League, you’ll definitely want to follow @SkySports to keep informed. They tweet the latest sports news and provide links to articles. The Sky Sports News homepage is home to in-depth coverage of rugby, cricket, cycling, and much more.
Tweets: 82,972 | Followers: 742,996 | Ranking: 9 | Stars: 5
2. @TheBigLead: Jason McIntyre co-founded independent sports blog The Big Lead in 2006. Their team of bloggers covers everything from major league and college sports to Nascar and fantasy league play. McIntyre’s Twitter page shares his thoughts on sports, the latest news and conversations with followers.
Tweets: 68,980 | Followers: 42,676 | Ranking: 59 | Stars: 5
3. @espn: For coverage of all of the national leagues – NFL, NHL, NBA, NCAA – this is a one-stop shop. Their Twitter bio says “We talk about sports, sports, and well … sports.” and they deliver breaking news, real-time scores and more in their feed.
Tweets: 41,993 | Followers: 5,041,421 | Ranking: 81 | Stars: 5
4. @SInow: While some people are bigger fans of Sports Illustrated for their annual Swimsuit Issue, there are plenty of people who swear by their sports coverage. They provide in-depth reporting and features on the sports world and their Twitter page provides links to interesting stories, facts and can’t miss match-ups.
Tweets: 38,691 | Followers: 395,478 | Ranking: 97 | Stars: 5
5. @bruce_arthur: Sports reporter and radio host Bruce Arthur is a National Columnist for Canada’s National Post. He started with the newspaper as a sports reporter before covering the Toronto Raptors as the publication’s basketball columnist. His Twitter feed is full of conversations with followers and the latest news in Canadian sports.
Tweeets: 87,160 | Followers: 24,807 | Ranking: 119 | Stars: 5
6. @greggdoyelcbs: Gregg Doyel, a National Columnist for CBSSports.com, has a gift for inciting fury among sports fans with his strong opinions and frank critiques. His tweets are an entertaining blend of interactions with followers, links to his latest columns and other thoughts on sports news.
Tweets: 40,074 | Followers: 49,974 | Ranking: 174 | Stars: 5
7. @realfreemancbs: Author and National Columnist for CBSSports.com, Mike Freeman is your ticket to everything NFL. As an NFL Insider, he gets the scoop and shares it through his Twitter feed and in his columns. Freeman was previously a sportswriter for the Dallas Morning News, Boston Globe, Washington Post, New York Times and the Florida Times-Union.
Tweets: 65,457 | Followers: 19,744 | Ranking: 218 | Stars: 5
8. @ajcbraves: David O’Brien has been covering major league baseball for 18 years and is now the Braves beat writer for the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. In addition to offering insights on his hometown team and MLB on Twitter, he’ll also share restaurant and music recommendations to his followers.
Tweets: 44,538 | Followers: 34,334 | Ranking: 236 | Stars: 5
9. @Russostrib: Touted as “the authority on the Minnesota Wild and the NHL,” Michael Russo has been covering the National Hockey League for 18 years. He is currently a sportswriter for the Minnesota Star Tribune and has a weekly radio show. Russo previously covered the Florida Panthers. His Twitter feed is a resource for Wild fans and a great forum for striking up a conversation about the NHL.
Tweets: 35,983 | Followers: 29,294 | Ranking: 259 | Stars: 5
10. @talkSPORTdrive: Adrian Durham is one half of the Drivetime radio show duo on talkSPORT. Based in the UK, Drivetime is self-described as “the most explosive football chat on the radio.” Durham’s Twitter feed provides news updates and interesting conversations with followers.
Tweets: 27,608 | Followers: 115,655 | Ranking: 303 | Stars: 5
* Number of tweets and followers are based on data collected on the date the article was written.
1. Click on the Social Media Module. On this page, under the ‘Twitter’ column, click on ‘Beats/Focus’. This will bring you a list of Top-level beats.
2. Here, type in the search term ‘sports news’, and click on ‘GO’.
3. Select the “Sports News” sub-level beat under the top-level beat ‘Sports’, and click “OK”.
4. You will now see a display of the number of results from this search. To further narrow down the search, click on “Rating” in the additional options section. In the pop-up window, enter the range ‘From’ 1 and ‘To’ 500, then click ‘OK’.
5. You will now see the number of results available in this list. Click on “Get Results” to view the list.
6. To rearrange the list in a descending order of Rank, click on the column called “Rank”. Remember, the smaller the number, the more influential the Twitter handle.