1st Down: The Toronto Blue Jays and New York Mets have extended their winning streaks another day as both of them handled their business on Wednesday. The Jays ran their run-up to seven games by defeating the Chicago White Sox 7-3 at home. Danny Jansen launched a three-run homer in the bottom of the third that had them on course for victory before Vladimir Guerrero hit a two-run shot just to be sure of it. The Mets, meanwhile, have six consecutive victories after a 5-0 home win over the Washington Nationals. Thomas Nido hit in the nine-hole and recorded four hits, three RBIs, and a run in a sterling performance as four pitchers combined to give up six hits in a shutout.
2nd Down: Ukraine’s hopes of playing in the 2022 FIFA World Cup continued on Wednesday as they won 1-3 over Scotland in Glasgow to set up a showdown with Wales for the final European place at the tournament. Andriy Yarmolenko and Roman Yarmechuk scored before the Scots pulled one back to make it interesting with 11 minutes to go, but the visitors got one deep into stoppage time from Artem Dovbyk on the counter to shore it up. Argentina also won on the day, downing Italy in the first ‘Finalissma.’ The 3-0 win in England was essentially a friendly but played between the reigning European and South American champions.
3rd Down: The Brooklyn Nets have elected to defer their first-round pick from the Philadelphia 76ers until the 2023 edition of the NBA Draft. In doing so, they will be hoping that Philly finishes in a worse spot than they did this season so that they would receive a better selection. The pick was part of the blockbuster James Harden deal that shook up both teams’ fortunes.
4th Down: Gonzaga forward Drew Timme has decided that he won’t be headed to the NBA after all. At least not yet, as he announced on Wednesday that he would return for his senior season with the Bulldogs as they still chase a first-ever national championship. He has averaged just under 20 points in the last two seasons and has been part of a Zags squad that has lost just seven times in 97 outings since he started his college career.