Senior Allan Bridgford, Cal's most experienced quarterback, has left the team to decide if he wants to remain part of the program after being told his spring practice opportunities would diminish.

"He kind of got some news from us that he was going to get some reduced reps. Decided he's going to take a day or two to kind of assess things," coach Sonny Dykes said Wednesday.

Dykes said Bridgford will discuss his options with his family and report back to the coaching staff by Monday. Dykes said Bridgford would be welcome to return. "It wouldn't be a big deal," Dykes said.

Quarterbacks Jared Goff, Zach Kline and Austin Hinder are getting most of the practice reps.

Bridgford started three games last season, completing 45.6 percent of his passes for 277 yards with one touchdown and three interceptions.

  • Behind Tom Shields' victory in the 200-yard butterfly and several other strong efforts, the Cal men's swimming and diving team broke Stanford's 31-year hold on the conference championship.

    The Bears captured the Pac-12 title 825-800 over the Cardinal in Federal Way, Wash.

    USC placed third with 638.5 points.

    Soccer

    Former Stanford defender Rachel Buehler earned her 100th cap for the U.S. women's national team and scored the go-ahead goal in the 48th minute to spark the U.S. to a 3-0 win over Iceland in the teams' opening match at the Algarve Cup at Faro, Portugal. Also, Abby Wambach got her 154th goal, leaving her four shy of Mia Hamm's all-time record. Former Cal star Alex Morgan assisted on Wambach's goal.


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    MLS

    Earthquakes starting forward Mike Fucito is questionable for Sunday's game against New York after slightly straining his hamstring in the 2-0 season-opening loss to Real Salt Lake last Sunday. ... Defender Victor Bernardez has been called to Honduras national team duty for World Cup qualifiers against Mexico on March 22 and Panama on March 26. He will miss the Quakes' March 23 match against Seattle.

    High schools

    A memorial service for longtime Newark Memorial educator and coach Rich Swift will be held Sunday at 2 p.m. at the school's Event Center. It's open to the public. Swift, 60, died Feb. 13 of an inoperable brain tumor.

    Staff writers Jeff Faraudo, Elliott Almond and Curtis Pashelka and The Associated Press contributed to this report.