1. Ranking the Best Opponents for Leo Santa Cruz's Next Fight

    Leo Santa Cruz arrived at Staples Center on Saturday night in search of validation. And by the time he left the building a few hours later, he was in possession of it...

    Lyle Fitzsimmons Written by Lyle Fitzsimmons about 5 days ago 14,493 reads 77 comments

  2. Tiger Woods Must Accept His Fate as Average If He's Once Again to Be Elite

    Tiger Woods . PGA Tour player. Given a career resume that makes him a mandatory part of chats about the game’s all-time greats, even suggesting such a label seems blasphemous...

    Lyle Fitzsimmons Written by Lyle Fitzsimmons about 11 days ago 32,381 reads 53 comments

  3. Why Tiger Woods Is Facing a Must-Win Situation at 2015 Wyndham Championship

    Unless you're a dyed-in-the-wool contrarian, Saturday afternoon was pure nostalgic bliss. A soon-to-be 40-year-old Tiger Woods was prowling the tee boxes, attacking the flag ...

    Lyle Fitzsimmons Written by Lyle Fitzsimmons about 12 days ago 41,096 reads 75 comments

  4. How Gennady Golovkin Matches Up with Canelo Alvarez and Miguel Cotto

    It’s official. Gennady Golovkin is getting the fights he's been longing for. The unbeaten Kazakhstan slugger owns two middleweight title belts, has built a brand on a knockout streak that stretches back to the George W...

    Lyle Fitzsimmons Written by Lyle Fitzsimmons about 16 days ago 33,908 reads 109 comments

  5. Breakthrough PGA Championship Win Is Just the Beginning of Jason Day's Triumphs

    If you hadn’t known better, it might have been difficult to tell them apart. Though Sunday playing partner Jordan Spieth was the one with two big trophies and “he’s ...

    Lyle Fitzsimmons Written by Lyle Fitzsimmons about 18 days ago 47,612 reads 45 comments

  6. Major Glory for Jason Day Closer Than Ever After White-Hot Putting Display

    Not everyone is Jordan Spieth or Tiger Woods . While those two broke out at Augusta as 21-year-olds and were multiple winners soon after, it takes most of the other guys a little bit longer to become established as major commodities...

    Lyle Fitzsimmons Written by Lyle Fitzsimmons about 19 days ago 7,595 reads 3 comments

  7. Cotto vs. Canelo: How Each Fighter Plans to Win

    It may not be the middleweight fight the world has been waiting for—considering that it’ll be contested five pounds below the traditional weight class limit—but it’s still a pretty darn good one...

    Lyle Fitzsimmons Written by Lyle Fitzsimmons about 20 days ago 11,031 reads 26 comments

  8. Pressure Is on Rory McIlroy to Ignite Jordan Spieth Rivalry at PGA Championship

    OK, Rory McIlroy , it's officially on you. While the Northern Irishman already has four major trophies on his mantel—including two of the last three PGA Championship trinkets—at ...

    Lyle Fitzsimmons Written by Lyle Fitzsimmons about 23 days ago 23,811 reads 12 comments

  9. PGA Championship Odds 2015: Favorites to Win the Wanamaker Trophy

    Admit it—now you wish he'd won the British Open too. Though dual 2015 major winner Jordan Spieth 's mere presence for the PGA Championship at Whistling Straits in Kohler ...

    Lyle Fitzsimmons Written by Lyle Fitzsimmons about 25 days ago 15,585 reads 5 comments

  10. Ranking the Most Overhyped Fighters in Boxing Today

    We’ ve all seen the type. The fighter who gets on television early on in a career amid breathy commentary that all but ensures a bust in Canastota — even before he advances past sub-...

    Lyle Fitzsimmons Written by Lyle Fitzsimmons about 28 days ago 3,564 reads 11 comments

  11. The PPV Problem of Mayweather vs. Berto: Why Floyd Needed to Pick CBS Showcase

    Floyd Mayweather Jr. is the best boxer in the world. Meanwhile, Andre Berto is just the 21st-best boxer in the welterweight division, with resume-smearing decision losses ...

    Lyle Fitzsimmons Written by Lyle Fitzsimmons about 1 month ago 12,762 reads 61 comments

  12. Tiger Woods' Simplistic Approach to the Game Yields Best Results in Long Time

    It’s the new Tiger Woods normal. Rather than making headlines for winning or contending at PGA Tour events, the 14-time major champion’s future these days becomes fodder for diagnosis after nearly every swing he takes...

    Lyle Fitzsimmons Written by Lyle Fitzsimmons about 1 month ago 139,242 reads 30 comments

  13. Ranking the Best Opponents for Danny Garcia's Next Fight

    In the end, the ocean beat down the sandcastle. Unbeaten slugger Danny Garcia—whose style was compared by ESPN analyst Teddy Atlas to an insistent and perpetual wave—eventually ...

    Lyle Fitzsimmons Written by Lyle Fitzsimmons about 1 month ago 20,208 reads 98 comments

  14. Ranking the Best Opponents for Sergey Kovalev's Next Fight

    Well, that one didn’t prove a whole lot, did it? Unbeaten three-belted light heavyweight Sergey Kovalev climbed into a ring in Las Vegas and successfully risked his share of ...

    Lyle Fitzsimmons Written by Lyle Fitzsimmons about 1 month ago 9,174 reads 38 comments

  15. Sergey Kovalev Setting Up for a Long Reign as Boxing's Best Light Heavyweight

    When it comes to light heavyweights, Adonis Stevenson is the man who beat the man. When it comes to the best light heavyweights, Sergey Kovalev has become a little more...

    Lyle Fitzsimmons Written by Lyle Fitzsimmons about 1 month ago 3,984 reads 17 comments

  16. The Post-Tiger Woods Era Is Reaching Its Full Potential After 2015 British Open

    This just in, golf fans: The Tiger Woods era is over. Still. It’s been seven years since he won a major and, though he’s occasionally moved the optimism needle since ...

    Lyle Fitzsimmons Written by Lyle Fitzsimmons about 1 month ago 11,388 reads 23 comments

  17. British Open 2015: Separating Contenders from Pretenders Before Monday's Round

    At St. Andrews, Scotland, we've come to the final round, a day whose competitors are defined by big-stage experience, major-championship disappointment and plain old beginner's luck...

    Lyle Fitzsimmons Written by Lyle Fitzsimmons about 1 month ago 28,201 reads 39 comments

  18. Ranking the Best Opponents for Julio Cesar Chavez Jr.'s Next Fight

    Being Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. means routinely having to say you're sorry. The oft-controversial son of a Mexican legend returned Saturday night in El Paso, Texas —three months ...

    Lyle Fitzsimmons Written by Lyle Fitzsimmons about 1 month ago 17,223 reads 59 comments

  19. British Open 2015: Biggest Questions Entering Moving Day

    Ladies and gentlemen, we're halfway home. Well, almost halfway. Friday weather woes at the 2015 British Open, taking place in St...

    Lyle Fitzsimmons Written by Lyle Fitzsimmons about 1 month ago 13,210 reads 18 comments

  20. British Open Odds 2015: Favorites to Win the Claret Jug

    It's the very nature of the British Open. Anyone can win. In fact, for every dominant Rory McIlroy or Tiger Woods walkover through the years, there's been an unheralded contender ...

    Lyle Fitzsimmons Written by Lyle Fitzsimmons about 1 month ago 24,020 reads 13 comments

  21. British Open 2015: The Top 10 Storylines Heading into St. Andrews

    The 2015 British Open will not lack for star power. In fact, no fewer than 18 former champions aged 60 or under will be in the field when play gets under way at St...

    Lyle Fitzsimmons Written by Lyle Fitzsimmons about 1 month ago 6,964 reads 1 comments

  22. Will Keith Thurman Become the Next Great Welterweight Fighter?

    The time is drawing near. At some point in the future, when the boxing world holds its breath about a high-profile fight in the 147-pound spotlight, no one named Floyd Mayweather Jr...

    Lyle Fitzsimmons Written by Lyle Fitzsimmons about 1 month ago 7,596 reads 81 comments

  23. Winners and Losers from the 2015 Greenbrier Classic

    It was a first-timer's weekend at the Greenbrier Classic. A pair of non-winners on the PGA Tour, South Korea's Danny Lee and Canada's David Hearn , reached the second hole of Sunday's sudden-death playoff with a chance to break through...

    Lyle Fitzsimmons Written by Lyle Fitzsimmons about 2 months ago 2,221 reads 0 comments

  24. Will Win at the Travelers Jump-Start Bubba Watson in Time for the British Open?

    By any measure, it was a pretty good Sunday for Bubba Watson . The 36-year-old Floridian woke up within a shot of the lead at the Travelers Championship, saw the deficit become ...

    Lyle Fitzsimmons Written by Lyle Fitzsimmons about 2 months ago 4,198 reads 3 comments

  25. Ranking the Best Opponents for Timothy Bradley's Next Fight

    Two weeks after a Hall of Fame induction, HBO's Jim Lampley predictably summed it up best. "Could anybody have harder luck with his wins than Tim Bradley?" the veteran mic man ...

    Lyle Fitzsimmons Written by Lyle Fitzsimmons about 2 months ago 21,393 reads 84 comments