What is happening to the Red Sox? Plus, South Carolina steals top basketball recruit from UNC

Happy Monday, everybody! It’s Zach Pereles back from getaway to bring you all the sports news you require. Hope you’re succeeding.

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Good early morning to everybody however specifically to…



After a rumor-filled last couple of months, GG Jackson — the No. 1 total gamer in 247Sports’ 2023 basketball recruiting rankings — made it main on Saturday: He’s reclassifying to 2022 and going to South Carolina.

  • Jackson initially devoted to North Carolina in April as a 2023 possibility prior to de-committing on July 14.
  • Jackson is the highest-rated devote in South Carolina history and a big addition for first-year head coach Lamont Paris.
  • Jackson balanced 22.1 points and 10.9 rebounds per video game and won South Carolina Gatorade Player of the Year as a junior last season at Ridge View High School — simply 15 miles from South Carolina’s school.

According to 247Sports nationwide basketball director Eric Bossi, Jackson “is a more than capable jump shooter, has a nice jump hook and [has] become a real threat to face up and attack off the dribble. … Defensively, he’s ahead of the curve as well.” Jackson’s dedication is a huge win as South Carolina goes into a brand-new period, composes our college basketball professional David Cobb.

  • Cobb: “Getting the Gamecocks to the NCAA Tournament would require a herculean effort from Jackson, but his presence on the roster will be huge for the program as Paris seeks to build a relevant program. … Landing Jackson should help answer any questions over whether Paris will be able to recruit well enough to compete in the SEC.”

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And not such a great early morning for…


Sorry, Red Sox fans. It’s not quite. In reality, it’s traditionally awful. Following the other day’s 8-4 loss to the Blue Jays, Boston has actually lost 5 straight video games and has actually been outscored 67-13 throughout that stretch.

It’s the worst run differential by any group over a five-game period in the Modern Era (considering that 1901). Yikes. The Red Sox lost to the Yankees 14-1 on July 16 and after that 13-2 one day later on to go into the All-Star Break. Perfect time for a break, right?


It’s been humiliating, horrendous, terrible — select your unfavorable adjective. Looking at the huge image, the Red Sox are 48-48, 3 video games out of a Wild Card area and headed in the incorrect instructions. Should that make them a seller at the trade due date? It’s a concern worth asking, and Boston has lots of gamers they might proceed from, keeps in mind MLB professional Matt Snyder.

The trade due date is Aug. 2. Whichever course the Red Sox select will have big, league-wide implications.

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Texans novice John Metchie III detected with leukemia, most likely to miss out on season 🏈


Texans second-round novice pass receiver John Metchie III revealed the other day that he’s been detected with Acute Promyelocytic Leukemia (APL) and will likely miss out on all of the 2022 season. The Texans have actually put him on the active/non-football disease list.

  • In his declaration, Metchie III described that APL is “the most curable form of Leukemia” 
  • He likewise stated, “I am currently receiving great medical care, am in good spirits and I expect to make a recovery at a later point in time.”

Houston took Metchie III 44th total in April after his excellent 2021 season with Alabama: 96 catches for 1,142 backyards and 8 goals prior to tearing his ACL in the SEC Championship Game.

Tony Finau rises late to win 3M Open 🏌

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Tony Finau began the other day 5 strokes off the lead. He ended it with a prize in his hands. Finau rode a hot putter to shoot a final-round 67 and win the 3M Open by 3 strokes over Sungjae Im and Emiliano Grillo.

  • It’s Finau’s 3rd profession PGA Tour win and initially of the season.
  • The five-stroke, final-round return is the biggest in 3M Open history. It assisted that Scott Piercy, the 54-hole leader at 18-under, shot a 76 the other day and ended up T4.
  • Finau was the just gamer in the field to shoot in the 60s in all 4 rounds.

Finau’s prize is a well-earned emphasize to his strong play of late, composes our golf professional Patrick McDonald.

  • McDonald: In what began as a troubling 2022, Finau has been able to turn his fortunes around ever since the beginning of May. Finau started with a runner-up performance at the Mexico Open, and he added a top-five finish at the Charles Schwab Challenge and battled Rory McIlroy down the stretch at the RBC Canadian Open, where he also finished runner up. … For Finau, the wins have yet to stack up, but golf is often a game of runs. … Maybe, just maybe, this postseason will belong to Tony Finau. Grade: A+

Ranking the NFL alternate helmets up until now 🔥

This NFL offseason has actually been hectic to state the least. Retirements. Unretirements. Big trades and finalizings. The quarterback carousel. The pass receiver market blowing up. The Washington Football Team lastly getting a brand-new name. The helmets.

Wait, what? The helmets?

Let me describe:

We’re now as much as 13 alternate helmets that will be utilized this coming season, with the Cardinals (black) and Bears (orange) being the current groups to sign up with the pattern. Count me in as a fan of the alternate helmet concept. They’re enjoyable, include a little something to seasons that can end up being slogs (specifically if your preferred group stinks), and worst case situation, they will not be utilized once again.

Having stated that, not all alternate helmets are produced equivalent: Some will end up being components for several years to come. Some — let’s put it perfectly — will not. Our NFL/alternate helmet professional Jeff Kerr has ranked all 13 helmets exposed up until now (we might get 2 more prior to the season starts), and there’s no questioning who is worthy of leading marks.

  • Kerr: 1. Bengals — The ‘White Bengal’ helmet is a simple change and goes perfect with the all-white color rush uniform the team wears. The stripes and nose bumper on the helmet match the uniform. The full uniform set doesn’t need to be seen to understand how perfect this uniform will look — which will be the only one of its kind in the league.”

You can see the complete information of Cincy’s alternates here and take a look at Jeff’s complete rankings here.

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