Sports News PVM: A Free WordPress Theme

Sports News PVM: A Free WordPress Theme
  • 1 March 2010
  • Freebies, WordPress
  • This post was written exclusively for PV.M Garage by Piervincenzo Madeo
  • Comments (123)»

We are glad to release, finally, our first free WordPress theme: Sports News PVM. A theme designed and coded by Piervincenzo Madeo for the readers of the PV.M Garage.

The theme has a two-columns layout with an unique soft grunge design and a nice featured news section, it includes many mordern qualities to create a nice sports blog/magazine. Sports News PVM is free to use in private and commercial projects because we love our readers.

Sports News PVM

Download Sports News PVM Theme for free

The theme is released under GNU General Public License. You can use it for all your web projects for free, without any restrictions and you may modify the theme as you wish. So if you like this resource for WordPress lovers, spread the word with a link to this article. Below you can download the theme + PSD source (.zip, 1.6 Mb – the font for the logo is available on Dafont: Hollywood Hills). You can also see the live preview of the our first free WordPress theme.
Sports News PVM

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More Screenshots

Below you’ll find more screenshots of the theme. We hope you like the final result of our work.

Header Particular

Sports News PVM

Featured News Box

Sports News PVM

Post Container

Sports News PVM

More Information

The theme is packed full of nice features to encourage the readers to explore new posts an sections. Read below to know additional information on this freebie.


  • 1. Modern and beautiful web design
  • 2. Tableless design and 100% CSS-based layout
  • 3. Two columns of fixed width
  • 4. Support post thumbnail images for 2.9
  • 5. Widget Ready
  • 6. XHTML 1.1 Transitional valid
  • 7. The package also include the PSD-source files (logo included)
  • 8. Commented CSS and theme PHP files for customization
  • 9. Multi-browser compatibility. Tested under modern w3c compliant browsers Firefox 3, Safari 4, IE8, IE7 and Google Chrome 3


  • STEP 1. Extract the files it contains. You need to preserve the directory structure in the archive when extracting these files
  • STEP 2. Upload the theme to your /wp-content/themes/ directory
  • STEP 3. Now go to Appearance >> Themes and activate the “Sports News PVM” theme
  • STEP 4. Go to Appearance >> Sports News PVM Options and customize the theme

Sports News PVM Theme Options

  • 1. Enable/Disable Featured news box in home page and choose the tag for featured posts
  • 2. Show/Hide Ads section in the sidebar and customize all necessary URLs (images and links) and the title
  • 3. Add your Feedburner link and your profiles on Social networks (Facebook, Twitter, Delicious, etc…)

Post Thumbnails

  • Normal post thumbnail – As said the theme supports the new post thumbnail image system of Wordpress 2.9 and to use this feature, you must be within the post editing screen of your WordPress admin. Here, you can see a new meta box labeled “Post Thumbnail”. There is a link to “Set thumbnail,” which allow you to use the media uploader to load a new image. Once uploaded the image you can click on “Use as thumbnail” to add your thumbnail.
  • Featured post thumbnails – For featured posts you can upload the images (big and small) to your site using the image upload feature on the post edit screen (in your WordPress admin panel).
    Once uploaded your images, scroll to the bottom of the post edit page and look for the “Custom Field” panel. Click on “Enter new” and type the word “feat_img” (big image) into the “Name” input field in your dialog box. Paste the URL to your image in the “Value” textarea input field of your custom fields dialog box and click the “Add custom field” button. Then repeat the operation: type the word “feat_img_sm” (small image) into the “Name” input field in your dialog box and paste the URL to your image in the “Value” textarea input field.

Size For Thumbnails

  • Normal post thumnail image: size 200×200 px
  • Featured post big image: size 340×189 px
  • Featured post small image: size 75×40 px


  • 1. You can use them on as many domain names as you wish
  • 2. You may use them for your clients’ projects / websites. Number of projects is not limited
  • 3. You may not claim intellectual and exclusive ownership to any of the themes
  • 4. You may not sub-license the original themes and their individual files to and with anyone else, unless a specific license within the theme states otherwise
  • 5. You may modify them. However, you may not modify and then resell, unless the modified versions are drastically different from the originals
  • 6. We reserve the right to refuse, cancel, or suspend service at our sole discretion and the right to change or modify these terms with no prior notice

All the icons which are used in “Sports News PVM” is free for use and Designed by following references: Socialize Icon Set, version 1.0Functions

Author: Piervincenzo Madeo

From a little city in the South of Italy, a web designer, a coder, a blogger. This is Piervincenzo, just a guy who has a great love for creativity and enjoys making high-quality stuff and sharing good information about web design and development.

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  1. Mihai O.

    Great job man! I really like the theme :)

  2. Lam Nguyen

    I love the slider, man! And the header is awesome. It’s too awesome for free. It should not be free, my friend!

  3. adone

    Amazing work! Congrats.Wow.

  4. Thomas Craig Consulting

    Fantastic theme, I can definitely see me using this on a project in the future. Thanks.

  5. Lawyers

    The above article has a list of themes that can be used in various types of field. Thank you so much.

  6. Espreson

    Such a good design. Loads fast and added features.

  7. GDevelop WebDesign

    This is a beautiful design. This will be great for the sportsclub of my hometown. They’re looking for new theme.

    Can this theme be used with Wordpress MU?

  8. Jamie Northrup

    Really nice theme, like the index cards in the header, actually really like the header graphics.

    I’m going to feature this as my free theme of the day next Monday (March 8th 2010) on my website (

    Keep up the great work!


  9. jeprie

    very nice theme. i think we can use for anything, not just sport. i gotta try this. love it.

  10. Sinfonia

    That’s a terrific theme !
    It shouldn’t be free .
    The header is splendid full of little details .Well done

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  12. Beau

    I’m getting the following warning message:
    Warning: in_array() []: Wrong datatype for second argument in */index.php on line 15
    Any solution?

    • piervix

      You have to set-up correctly the Teme Options in Appereance > Sports News PVM Options.

      • Vince


  13. Vince

    ok I figured it out. The featured theme option is looking for tag not category.. tnx Excellent theme!

  14. Joe

    Hello, thanks for this very nice theme.Just wanted to ask, about the thumbnail. coz i have a problem with it. When i set the picture as a thumbnail, why is it that it automatically sets to 150×150 px and not on 200 and 200? like this one


    • piervix

      You have to set-up the size of the image during the uploading through the WP tool.

  15. Joe

    piervix, where is that wp tool? I have tried the setting up of the size when i upload, and click the “set as thumbnail” but still is at 150×150px. please help.

    • piervix

      When you upload the image there is the “Edit Image” button that allow you to resize your image. It’s obvious that the image must be bigger than 200×200 px.

  16. Joe

    piervix, i got it now. haha… thanks. sorry for my ignorance. thanks again. I love your theme.

  17. Joe

    nope, that didnt work, but i did try in the settings>media>then set the size. it will work. thanks again.

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    Very clean and fresh design. and also like slider effect.

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    tnx Excellent theme! I had the same problem as “beau” and “vince”, but thank you to “vince” for its precision.

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