What’s going on with the Red Sox? Also, South Carolina steals the best basketball player from UNC

Happy Monday everyone! Zach Pereles is back from vacation to bring you all the sports news you need. I hope you’re okay.

Let’s get down to it.


Good morning everyone, but especially to…

247 Sports

SOUTH CAROLINA WILDLIFE

After the rumor-filled past few months, GG Jackson — the No. 1 player in 247Sports’ 2023 basketball recruiting rankings — made it official on Saturday: He reclassified through 2022 and went to South Carolina.

  • Jackson initially committed North Carolina in April as a 2023 prospect before that cancellation of engagement on July 14.
  • It’s Jackson highest rated commitment in South Carolina history and a huge addition for first-year head coach Lamont Parris.
  • Jackson averaged 22.1 points and 10.9 rebounds per game and won the South Carolina Gatorade Player of the Year award as a junior last season at Ridge View High School – just 15 miles from the South Carolina campus.

According to 247Sports national basketball director Eric Bossi, Jackson “is a more than capable jump shooter, has a nice jump hook and [has] become a real threat to stand up and attack off the dribble. … Defensively, he’s ahead of the curve, too.” Jackson’s commitment is a huge win as South Carolina enters a new era, writes our college basketball expert David Cobb.

  • Cobb: “Getting the Gamecocks into the NCAA Tournament will require a Herculean effort on Jackson’s part, but having him on the roster will be huge for the program as Parise looks to build a program that fits… Landing Jackson should help address the all questions about whether he’ll be able to recruit well enough to compete in the SEC.”

Honorable mentions

And it’s not such a good morning for…

BOSTON RED SOX

I’m sorry red socks fans. It’s not pretty. In fact, it’s historically ugly. After yesterday’s 8-4 loss to the Blue Jays, Boston has lost five straight games and he was outscored 67-13 during this stretch.

That’s the worst run differential by any team over a five-game stretch in the modern era (since 1901). ike Red Sox lost to Yankees 14-1 on July 16 and then 13-2 one day later to enter the All-Star break. The perfect time for a vacation, right?

wrong

It was embarrassing, terrifying, awful – pick your negative adjective. Looking at the big picture, The Red Sox are 48-48three games out of a Wild Card spot and headed in the wrong direction. Should that make them a seller at the trade deadline? This is a question worth asking yourself Boston has plenty of players they can move on fromnotes MLB pundit Matt Snyder.

The trade deadline is August 2. Whichever path the Red Sox choose will have huge ramifications for the entire league.

Not so honorable mentions

Texans rookie John Mechie III diagnosed with leukemia, likely to miss season 🏈

SATISFACTION

Texans second-round rookie wide receiver John Mechi III announced yesterday that he had been diagnosed with acute promyelocytic leukemia (APL) and will likely miss the entire 2022 season. The Texans placed him on the active/non-football illness list.

  • In his statement, Metchie III explained that APL is “the most curable form of leukemia”
  • He also said, “Right now I’m getting great medical care, I’m in good spirits and I expect to recover later.”

Houston took Metchie III 44th overall in April after his impressive 2021 season with Alabama: 96 catches for 1,142 yards and eight touchdowns before ACL tear in the SEC Championship Game.

Tony Finau was late to win the 3M Open 🏌

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Tony Finau started yesterday five shots off the lead. He finished it with a trophy in hand. Finau rides a hot player to shoot a final round 67 and won the 3M Open by three strokes over Sunjae Im and Emiliano Grillo.

  • This is Finau’s third career PGA Tour win and first of the season.
  • The five-stroke comeback in the final round is the largest in 3M Open history. That helped Scott Piercy54-hole leader at 18-under, shot a 76 yesterday and finished T4.
  • Finau was the only player in the field to shoot in the 60s in all four rounds.

Finau’s trophy is a well-deserved highlight of his strong play of late, writes our golf expert Patrick McDonald.

  • McDonald:In what started as a worrisome 2022, Finau managed to turn his fortunes around from the beginning of May. Finau began with a runner-up performance at the Mexican Open and added a top-5 finish at the Challenge Charles Schwab and battled Rory McIlroy at the RBC Canadian Open, where he also finished second. … For Finau, the wins haven’t piled up yet, but golf is often a game of runs. … Maybe, just maybe, this postseason will belong to Tony Finau. Grade: A+

Ranking the NFL’s alternate helmets so far 🔥

This NFL offseason has been busy to say the least. retirement. The unretired. Big deals and signings. The quarterback carousel. The wide receiver market is exploding. Washington’s football team is finally getting a new name. The helmets.

Waiting for what? The helmets?

Let me explain:

Now we are done 13 alternate helmets which will be used in the coming season, with Cardinals (black) and bears (Orange) as the latest teams to join the trend. Count me in as a fan of the alternative helmet idea. They’re fun, they add a little something to seasons that can become catchphrases (especially if your favorite team is obnoxious), and at worst, they won’t be used again.

Having said that, not all alternative helmets are created equal: Some will become permanent for years to come. Some — let’s put it nicely — won’t. Our NFL/alternative helmet expert Jeff Kerr has ranks all 13 helmets revealed so far (we may get two more before the season starts) and there’s no doubt who deserves the highest marks.

  • Kerr: 1. Bengalis — The “White Bengal” helmet is a simple change and goes perfectly with the all-white uniform color that the team wears. The helmet’s stripes and nose armor match the uniform. You don’t need to see the full set of uniforms to understand how perfect this uniform will look — which will be the only one of its kind in the league.”

You can see the full details of Cincy’s deputies here and see Jeff’s full rankings here.

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