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The Internet: The Missing Manual by David Pogue, J.D. Biersdorfer

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Sports, Weather, and Entertainment

General news sites do a great job covering issues that affect the big picture—current events, stock market trends, and politics. But sooner or later everybody needs a break from the hard news. Check out the professional hockey scores, peek at the latest Hollywood gossip, or look up the local forecast so you can decide whether to pack an umbrella.

Sports

To keep up with the sporting life in all forms, you have plenty of choices. Most print publications like Sports Illustrated (www.si.com) and Sporting News (www.sportingnews.com) have overstuffed Web sites, as do the major sports television networks like EPSN (http://espn.go.com) and FOX Sports (http://msn.foxsports.com).

Looking for a place to commiserate with fellow fans? The Sports Fan site (www.sportsfan.com) provides group therapy and verbal sparring matches between fans. If you just want to wallow in All Things Sport, slip on over to The Sports Network (www.sportsnetwork.com), where jock-themed movies, books, and tech products are reviewed alongside a near-complete listing of scores, TV schedules, and news briefs on a huge variety of sporting events.

Of course, if you're obsessed with one sport above all others, go straight to the source. Most individual sports and leagues have their own official sites. In addition to bringing you the latest stats, scores, and schedules, official sites also have links to each team's site. You may also find player biographies and fan forums where you can post ...

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