In a nutshell: as of 12:05 a.m. (All times PT) Wednesday by Hartley Miller


–The Toronto Blue Jays are a loss away from having their season end. The Tampa Bay Rays beat Toronto 3-1 in the opener of their American League best-of-3 first round series. Game two will be played in Tampa this afternoon starting just after 1:00 PT.

–Elsewhere in the AL: the NY Yankees crushed Cleveland 12-3, the Chicago White Sox outscored Oakland 4-1 and Houston beat Minnesota 4-1. The Twins are riding an all-time postseason record of 17 straight losses.


–The NBA Finals begin tonight just after 6:00 with the Los Angeles Lakers against the Miami Heat. The Lakers are a 5-point favourite in the opener. Kelly Olynyk of Kamloops plays for the Heat.


–The Tampa Bay Lightning will celebrate their Stanley Cup victory with a Boat Parade this afternoon. This will be followed by a Champions Celebration. The Lightning, coached by Jon Cooper of Prince George, won the Cup Monday in Edmonton defeating the Dallas Stars in six games.


–Week four of the NFL season starts Thursday with Denver at the New York Jets. Both teams are 0-3.