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FIFA say 2018 WCup final arena 'ahead of schedule'

FIFA say the Luzhniki Stadium that will host the 2018 WCup final is 'ahead of schedule'
The Associated Press

MOSCOW - Russia is avoiding Brazil's mistakes.

That was the message as FIFA inspectors completed their tour of the arenas Russia is building for the 2018 World Cup - no delays here.

While Brazil's World Cup passed off largely smoothly, its build-up was dominated by the rushed finish to stadium construction and, even during the tournament itself, some stadiums were still unfinished and forced to deploy temporary seating and facilities.

Manning breaks Favre's TD mark in 42-17

Manning throws 4 TD passes to break Favre's record, Broncos beat 49ers 42-17
Arnie Stapleton, The Associated Press

DENVER - Peyton Manning's receivers played keep-away with his milestone memento and the NFL's new leader in career touchdown passes toyed with the San Francisco 49ers in the Denver Broncos' 42-17 victory Sunday night.

Manning went into the showdown two TDs shy of Brett Favre's record of 508, and threw four touchdown passes to reach 510.

Sunday's Scoreboard

Sunday's Scoreboard
The Canadian Press

Sunday's Games

(All times Eastern)

CFL

Edmonton 24 Saskatchewan 19

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NFL

St. Louis 28 Seattle 26

Miami 27 Chicago 14

Green Bay 38 Carolina 17

Baltimore 29 Atlanta 7

Tennessee 17 Washington 19

Jacksonville 24 Cleveland 6

Indianapolis 27 Cincinnati 0

Buffalo 17 Minnesota 16

Detroit 24 New Orleans 23

Kansas City 23 at San Diego 20

Arizona 24 Oakland 13

Dallas 31 N.Y. Giants 21

Denver 42 San Francisco 17

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NHL

Los Angeles 2 Minnesota 1

Manning breaks Favre's mark with 509th TD pass

Peyton Manning breaks Brett Favre's NFL record with his 509th TD pass
Arnie Stapleton, The Associated Press

DENVER - Peyton Manning broke Brett Favre's NFL record for touchdown passes with No. 509. He didn't stop there, either.

Manning threw four TD passes in Denver's 42-17 victory over the San Francisco 49ers on Sunday night, two to Demaryius Thomas, one to Wes Welker and another to Emmanuel Sanders.

That gives him 510.

The record-breaker was an 8-yarder to Thomas with 3:09 left in the first half.

Flames hand Jets their fourth straight loss

Raymond with a goal and two assists as Calgary beats Winnipeg 4-1
Judy Owen, The Canadian Press

WINNIPEG - It wasn't surprising to hear laughter coming out of the Calgary Flames' dressing room after their 4-1 win over the Winnipeg Jets on Sunday.

The victory finished off Calgary's six-game road trip with a fourth win away from home (4-3-0), while the Jets have now lost four in a row.

Dennis Wideman, Johnny Gaudreau and Mason Raymond scored in a span of six minutes and 42 seconds in the second period and T.J. Brodie added one in the third.

Reilly leads Eskimos to 24-19 win over Riders

Mike Reilly leads Eskimos to 24-19 victory over Kerry Joseph and Roughriders
Craig Slater, The Canadian Press

REGINA - The Edmonton Eskimos landed three staggering blows on Sunday, all of which helped to bring down the Saskatchewan Roughriders on their home field.

Kendial Lawrence, Mike Reilly and the Eskimos' defensive unit all played pivotal roles in Edmonton's second straight victory, a 24-19 triumph over the Riders at Mosaic Stadium.

Hillstar comes on to win International

Hillstar captures win in bizarre Pattison Canadian International race
Dan Ralph, The Canadian Press

TORONTO - The anticipated duel between British-breds Brown Panther and Hillstar never materialized Sunday, making for a rather bizarre 77th running of the $1-million Pattison Canadian International.

Korir wins Toronto Waterfront Marathon

Korir wins Toronto Waterfront Marathon, Gillis misses Canadian record
Lori Ewing, The Canadian Press

TORONTO - For 35 kilometres Sunday, Eric Gillis had the Canadian marathon record in his sights.

But Jerome Drayton's elusive 39-year-old mark survived yet another race, as Gillis fell barely a minute short of the record at the 2014 Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon.

The 34-year-old from Antigonish, N.S., crossed in two hours 11 minutes 20.7 seconds, to finish as the top Canadian and ninth overall.

It was a personal best by seven seconds, but still short of Drayton's mark of 2:10.09 set way back in 1975.

Toronto FC: How to fix a franchise

Toronto FC down and out of the playoffs again, How to fix a franchise
Neil Davidson, The Canadian Press

TORONTO - Like a boorish guest reluctant to leave a party, Toronto FC won few friends this weekend.

Outplayed for long stretches by the lowly Montreal Impact, the worst road team in MLS, Toronto was officially eliminated from post-season contention for the eighth straight year after a 1-1 tie Saturday.

Toronto (11-14-8) exited in a fit of pique.

Pacquiao makes professional basketball debut

Manny Pacquiao makes pro basketball debut as player-coach for KIA Sorento
The Associated Press

MANILA, Philippines - Manny Pacquiao made his professional basketball debut on Sunday, just a month before he is set to defend his WBO welterweight crown.

Pacquiao started Sunday's game for the newly formed KIA Sorento of the Philippine Basketball Association but played only seven minutes and committed two turnovers in his team's 80-66 win over the Blackwater Elite at Philippine Arena.

The boxing icon, who joined the pro league team as a player-coach, played in a preseason game earlier this month, finishing with one point and two turnovers after a 10-minute stint.

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