A Trio of Sports Sites Worth Getting to Know

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The guys in sports know everything worth knowing about local coaching legends, who the top golfers in the county are, even whom to talk with for tips on bass fishing in your region. And when they don't know it, they can fake it, using that library of statistics the sports department has been collecting since the Eisenhower Administration.

But want to see them grimace? Ask them about cricket or jai alai, curling or rhythmic gymnastics, dressage or badminton. The days of limiting the sports pages to basketball, football, baseball and hockey are rapidly ending. Our increasingly cosmopolitan readership is demanding a more global view of the games of our lives.

The calls to the newsroom tell you that. One reader wants to know about volleyball. Another talks soccer. A third wants to know if the paper plans to cover the judo competition.

If it is time for your sports department to bone up on the basics, you can let the Internet reduce the learning curve with a trio of great sports-oriented gateways.

SportSearch is a search engine targeted to athletics and competition. It can be keyword-searched or browsed by category. To use it, visit the site (http://www.sportsearch.com) and enter a search query in the data entry box at the top of the display, then click on the hypertext links in the resulting list of hits.

For a more detailed search, click on the More Options link on the introductory page. This expands the search criteria with an onscreen form that, in addition to accepting a keyword or phrase, also enables you to limit the number of results (from 10 to 100) and to use connectors such as AND (to narrow the search) and OR to broaden it.

SportSearch also has headlines of breaking stories, links to popular sports categories (baseball, basketball, college sports, football, golf, hockey, motor sports, soccer and tennis) and connections to scores and online sports networks. And in the Really Cool Department, don't miss its link to Local Sports Pages.

Select from more than 50 newspapers in the United States and Canada, from New York, Atlanta, Baltimore and Boston to Chicago, Milwaukee and Minneapolis to Houston, Los Angeles and Vancouver. Click on a name and you are linked to the latest online edition. …

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