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.
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.
(All times Eastern)
Edmonton 24 Saskatchewan 19
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
Los Angeles 2 Minnesota 1
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 - 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.
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.