My Favorite Web Sites - Winchester Star - 4/12/01
 by Martin Zombeck

This is a bi-weekly column providing an annotated list of Web sites that may be of interest to the community. Each column will list sites that belong to a particular category: search engines, art, online newspapers and magazines, health and medicine, history, business and economics, etc. or sites relevant to a particular season, for example, skiing or gardening. Most sites will be non-commercial. To make it easier to access the sites, each bi-weekly column will be posted on the Town of Winchester's Web site so that the sites can be accessed and bookmarked without having to be typed. Previous columns will be archived at the Winchester site, also.

The Boston Red Sox season has started, the 105th Boston Athletic Association Marathon will take place on Monday, April 16, and the Packer Tennis Courts will be opening in about a month. Could it get any better? Why, yes! The World Wide Web is out there as a great source of sports information. Every professional sport and every professional team has a web site providing schedule information, player statistics, stadium information, ticket prices and on-line ticket purchasing, latest results, history, and much more. In fact, there are so many excellent sports related web sites that the list below represents only a tiny fraction of the total number.

The Boston Red Sox
redsox.mlb.com
The official site of the Boston Red Sox. Even if you're not a baseball fan, and I'm not, you'll find this technically sophisticated site fascinating. The "Gameday" menu selection provides a realtime, play-by-play description of the day's game. Select "Schedule" and a schedule (a printable version is available, too) for the season is provided; with the click of your mouse you can purchase tickets. Biographies, photos, and career and current statistics for each player are also provided. Click on "Ballpark" and seating and pricing information are shown along with a guide to the ballpark, a history of Fenway Park, and ballpark facts. There's also an on-line Red Sox shop (have your credit card handy) and a link to the Minors.

Official Site of Major League Baseball
www.mlb.com
Find the results of today's games and link to the web site of any major league team. The standings are posted here, too. There's also an online shop.

Official Site of the Boston Marathon
www.bostonmarathon.org
Last year's results (including photos), course, start, and finish maps, panoramic photos of the course, best locations to view the race, course records, and entry lists are provided.

The official sites below are similar in content to the Major League Baseball site above. Use them to find you favorite team's web site or to get league information.

National Basketball Association
www.nba.com

National Football League
www.nfl.com

National Hockey League
www.nhl.com
Includes web radio and video.

Major League Soccer
www.mlsnet.com

PGA of America
www.pga.com

For sports news, 24 hours a day:

ESPN Sportzone
espn.go.com
Up-to-the minute news about all sports, including college sports.

For the local tennis players:

United States Tennis Association
www.usta.com
Get all the latest tennis news and tournament schedules.

Wimbledon
www.wimbledon.org
The 2001 Championships begin on the 25th June and carry on until the 8th July.

U.S. Open
www.usopen.org
The site has not been updated yet for the 2001 Open.

Winchester Tennis Association
www.winchestermass.org/tennis.html
Tournament schedule, photos, links.

Winchester and Regional Recreational Facilities
www.winchestermass.org/rec.html
Links to regional facilities and descriptions of Winchester sports and recreational facilities.

The next column will feature sites for creating maps or viewing maps of locations all over the world. Previous columns with live links can be found at www.winchestermass.org/wstar.

When he is not updating the Town of Winchester web site (www.winchestermass.org), Martin Zombeck can be found at either the Packer tennis courts or at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, where he is a physicist.

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