Russia thrashed Latvia 5-0 at the IIHF World Championship and will face the United States for top spot in Group A.
Titleholders Canada overcame France in Group B, while Russia won again on Thursday.
The Pittsburgh Penguins continued their goalscoring ways in the NHL as Henrik Sedin hit a milestone mark.
Carey Price helped the Montreal Canadiens make it nine wins in 10 games to start the NHL season.
A double from Troy Brouwer and Kyle Brodziak saw the St Louis Blues win big against the San Jose Sharks.
A late fightback from the Pittsburgh Penguins set up a tense finish against the Tampa Bay Lightning.
The New York Islanders, Washington Capitals and Dallas Stars all sealed their progression into the second round of the NHL play-offs.
Camilo Villegas is the early leader at the Northern Trust Open, while Jordan Spieth posted his worst opening round as a professional.
Kashima Antlers' AFC Champions League defence continued after they did just enough to progress, as did Guangzhou Evergrande.
Shanghai SIPG are into the knockout stages of the AFC Champions League, as are Urawa Reds after a crucial win over Beijing Guoan.
Xavi's playing days have come to a close after the Spain icon featured for the last time in Al Sadd's defeat to Persepolis in Iran.
Italy were on the wrong end of a 9-0 thrashing at the IIHF Ice Hockey World Championship, while Great Britain were beaten by Germany.
Al-Hilal inched closer to the last 16 of the AFC Champions League thanks to Sebastian Giovinco, while Almoez Ali scored for Al Duhail.
Former Barcelona star Xavi rolled back the years by scoring a brilliant free-kick in Al Sadd's AFC Champions League win over Pakhtakor.