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LOS ANGELES - The rupture of a nearly century-old water main that ripped a 15-foot hole through Sunset Boulevard and turned a swath of the University of California, Los Angeles, into a mucky mess points to the risks and expense many cities face with miles of water lines installed generations ago.

The flooding sent more than 20 million gallons of water cascading from a water main in the midst of California's worst drought in decades and as tough new state fines took effect for residents who waste water by hosing down driveways or using a hose without a nozzle to wash their car.

Wednesday's Games

(All Times Eastern)

MLB

American League

Houston 8 Oakland 1

Baltimore 4 L.A. Angels 3

Cleveland 2 Seattle 0

Detroit 7 Chicago White Sox 2

Toronto 6 Boston 1

Texas 3 N.Y. Yankees 2

Kansas City 3 Minnesota 2

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National League

N.Y. Mets 11 Philadelphia 2

Arizona 5 Cincinnati 4

Washington 4 Miami 3

San Francisco 7 Pittsburgh 5

Colorado 6 Chicago Cubs 4 (10 innings)

L.A. Dodgers 3 Atlanta 2 (10 innings)

San Diego 12 St. Louis 1

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Interleague

BRIDGEVIEW, Ill. - Traction remains hard to come by for the Vancouver Whitecaps.

Wednesday's 0-0 Major League Soccer draw with Chicago at Toyota Park was the Whitecaps' 11th of the season and fourth straight.

Still Vancouver coach Carl Robinson, whose team is now 6-4-11, 29 points, wasn't entirely displeased with the effort.

"We're disappointed because I think it was a game we could have won," he said. "(But) the boys showed a lot of blood and guts and thunder, they couldn't have given me any more effort.

BOSTON - As his winless streak stretched toward a third month and his ERA continued to climb, Mark Buehrle began to have doubts.

At 36, was he at the end of what had been a steady major league career? Would he eventually snap out of the slump and contribute to Toronto's surge in the AL East? Would he ever even win another game?

LOS ANGELES - Authorities say 6 people who were helping clean up UCLA's flooded Pauley Pavilion are being treated for exposure to carbon monoxide.

The arena's court was covered with up to 10 inches of water Tuesday after a 30-inch water main broke nearby and sent water cascading onto campus.

Los Angeles fire spokeswoman Katherine Main says the men were helping pump water out of the home of UCLA's basketball team when they fell ill from generator exhaust Wednesday evening.

WASHINGTON - Toronto FC coach Ryan Nelsen could probably provide a slew of reasons for his team's recent slide. But after TFC's 3-0 loss to D.C. United on Wednesday, he boiled it down to a simple explanation.

"We had the opportunities to score goals. We didn't take them," Nelsen said. "Then when he had to defend our box, we didn't defend it very well."

Toronto outshot United 14-10 at RFK Stadium, but Nelsen's squad couldn't pull off the win. They dropped to 1-3-4 since the World Cup break.

CLEVELAND - The Indians had little choice but to give up Justin Masterson. The trade doesn't mean they're going to surrender the season.

"We will never raise the white flag," Cleveland manager Terry Francona said. "That's not an option. Anybody who stands next to me in the dugout knows that will never happen."

Protecting themselves in case the 29-year-old Masterson left as a free agent after the season, the Indians traded the right-hander on Wednesday to the St. Louis Cardinals.

LIVONIA, Mich. - A soccer referee who was fatally punched by a player during a recreational game in suburban Detroit did not expect the attack, one of the player's teammates testified Wednesday.

Dr. Jamal Saleh testified during a probable-cause hearing for Bassel Saad, who is charged with second-degree murder in the death of referee John Bieniewicz.

The 44-year-old referee "did not see the punch coming," said Saleh, who played for Saad's team during the over-30 men's league game at Mies Park in Livonia on June 29.

LOS ANGELES - Vin Scully poked fun at himself after word came out that he plans to return for his record 66th season in the Los Angeles Dodgers' broadcast booth next year.

"I agree with everybody else: It's a long time to be working at one job with no advancement," he said, smiling.

The 86-year-old Hall of Fame announcer, his red hair faded by the years but still in good health, continues to be thrilled describing the action on the field.

"It really is a privilege and good fortune to have this job," he said Wednesday. "I've loved it from Day One."

GLASGOW, Scotland - Even before stepping on the track, Usain Bolt caused a stir at the Commonwealth Games.

A day after mingling with British royalty at the Glasgow athletes' village, Bolt scrambled Wednesday to deny that he made derogatory comments about the so-called "Friendly Games."

The Jamaican sprint star, who is only competing in the 4x100 relay here, was quoted as telling The Times of London on Tuesday that he was "not really" having fun in Glasgow, and using a word that derided the calibre of the games.

LOS ANGELES - The rupture of a nearly century-old water main that ripped a 15-foot hole through Sunset Boulevard and turned a swath of the University of California, Los Angeles into a mucky mess points to the risks and expense many cities face with miles of water lines installed generations ago.

MONTREAL - It will be up to Frank Klopas to salvage something from an all-but lost 2014 season and try to build the Montreal Impact into a winning team.

Club president Joey Saputo removed his friend and long-time Impact player, coach and manager Nick De Santis from his job as sporting director on Wednesday and handed control of the Major League Soccer team to Klopas, the head coach and director of player personnel.

"Nick will have an administrative role, but will not be involved in the management of the technical team," said Saputo.

GLASGOW, Scotland - There was a moment Wednesday night when Derek Drouin was waiting to make his final attempt in high jump. In the tunnel to the track, Brianne Theisen-Eaton and Jessica Zelinka were waiting for their final event of the heptathlon.

All action had paused for a medal ceremony. It was for Canadian Jim Steacy's gold medal in the hammer throw from the previous night.

The "O Canada" moment wasn't lost on any of them.

He's got some work to do but C.J. Gable hasn't given up on his goal to re-write the CFL record book this season.

Prior to the opening kickoff, the Hamilton Tiger-Cats' dynamic running back stated he wanted to become the first player in league history to register 1,000 yards rushing and receiving in the same campaign. Robert Drummond of the Toronto Argonauts came close to achieving the rare double in '97, running for 1,134 yards and registering 85 catches for 840 yards despite missing three games.

LOS ANGELES - The House That Wooden Built is waterlogged.

Pauley Pavilion, UCLA's storied basketball arena where John Wooden coached teams that won eight of his 10 national championships, was drying out Wednesday after the court was deluged by 10 inches of water when a 93-year-old pipe burst near the campus in Westwood.

UCLA Chancellor Gene Block said workers were busy cleaning up and assessing damage.

CALGARY - It didn't take long for "the Canadian way" to become a mantra at Hockey Canada's massive under-17 men's hockey camp.

The slogan is on the back of every red T-shirt worn by the 108 players circulating through the Markin MacPhail Centre on Calgary's west side. The phrase is drilled into their heads on and off the ice by their coaches and Hockey Canada staff.

"They use that term almost in every sentence," Toronto defenceman Jakob Chychrun said Wednesday. "They really teach us all to be young men.

TORONTO - Veteran mixed martial artist Nick Diaz says he is ready to return to the cage despite the fact that he does not enjoy fighting.

The 30-year-old Diaz, who has long marched to his own drummer, has not fought since March 2013 when he lost to then-welterweight champion Georges St-Pierre at UFC 158 in Montreal. He had announced his retirement 13 months before after losing to Carlos (The Natural Born Killer) Condit but returned to face GSP for the title.

GLASGOW, Scotland - Canadian wrestlers added three more gold medals in Wednesday's action at the Commonwealth Games.

David Tremblay won the men's 61-kilogram title, Dori Yeats won the women's 69 kg title and Arjun Gill won gold in the men's 97 kg event.

Tremblay, from Windsor, Ont., defeated India's Bajrang Bajrang 12-1 in the final match.

Dan LeFevour has a tough act to follow: His own.

The third-year pro was impressive in his first CFL start, passing for 361 yards and a TD while adding 109 yards rushing and the go-ahead touchdown in Hamilton's 33-23 home win over Ottawa on Saturday night. LeFevour will again be under centre Thursday night when the Tiger-Cats host the Winnipeg Blue Bombers at Ron Joyce Stadium on the campus of McMaster University.

EDINBURGH, Scotland - Meaghan Benfeito couldn't hide her disappointment.

The Canadian diver had just made a critical mistake on her and partner Roseline Filion's fourth attempt in the women's synchronized 10-metre platform final at the Commonwealth Games — an error that left their medal hopes hanging in the balance.

But instead of dwelling on the flubbed back 3 1/2 somersault, Benfeito gathered herself in hopes of still securing a top-three finish.

TORONTO - A wrist injury will prevent Rafael Nadal from defending his title at next week's Rogers Cup in Toronto.

The second-ranked player in the world withdrew Tuesday from the tournament as well as the following tournament in Cincinnati, another key U.S. Open prep event.

Nadal suffered the injury to his right wrist in practice Tuesday.

He won last year's Rogers Cup in Montreal.

MONTREAL - The Montreal Canadiens hired Dan Lacroix as assistant coach and Rob Ramage as player development coach, and also gave new responsibilities to some management personnel on Wednesday.

Lacroix, 45, replaces Gerard Gallant, who left to become head coach of the Florida Panthers.

He worked as an assistant coach in the NHL for seven of the past eight seasons, including last season with the Eastern Conference champion New York Rangers. He previously worked as assistant coach with the Tampa Bay Lightning from 2010 to 2013 and with the New York Islanders from 2006 to 2009.

MONTREAL - The Montreal Alouettes are bringing back Don Matthews and adding Turk Schonert as consultants to their coaching staff.

Matthews served as a consultant for the second half of the 2013 season.

He was the Alouettes' head coach in 2002 and led the team to a Grey Cup victory in his first season. During his five years as head coach of the Alouettes, the Amesbury, Mass., native recorded 58 regular season wins, five playoffs wins and four East Division titles, guiding Montreal to three Grey Cup appearances in 2002, 2003 and 2005.

TORONTO - Edmonton quarterback Mike Reilly has been named the CFL's offensive player of the month for his role in the team's resurgent start to the 2014 season.

Reilly passed for 1,142 yards on 110-for-173 passing (63.6 per cent) and threw for nine touchdowns to help lead the Eskimos to a 4-1 start.

It's been a sharp turnaround for the Eskimos, who finished last in the CFL West last season and missed the playoffs.

Reilly also rushed for 221 yards on 28 carries (7.9 yards per carry), the most by any quarterback and seventh most in the CFL.

STANFORD, Calif. - The WTA says Sabine Lisicki has hit the fastest record serve in the history of the women's tennis tour, reaching 211 kilometres per hour.

Lisicki hit the serve at 5-5, 40-30 of a first-round loss against Ana Ivanovic in the Bank of the West Classic on Tuesday. Ivanovic got her racket on the ball, but the attempted return landed wide.

The previous fastest WTA serve was 208 km/h, by Venus Williams at the 2007 U.S. Open.

Lisicki, a 24-year-old German, was the runner-up at Wimbledon in 2013.