Olympic gold medalist Katie Ledecky plans to swim for Stanford after she graduates from high school next year.

The 17-year-old from Bethesda, Maryland, announced her oral commitment Thursday. She is a junior at Stone Ridge School of the Sacred Heart.

Ledecky won the 800-meter freestyle as a 15-year-old at the 2012 London Olympics. She won four gold medals and broke two world records at the 2013 world championships in Barcelona.

Under NCAA rules, Stanford women's coach Greg Meehan can't comment until Ledecky signs a national letter of intent in November.

  • The Pac-12 announced a three-year deal to stage its football championship game at the new 49ers facility in Santa Clara. Levi's Stadium, which will host the 2016 Super Bowl, was simply too good a venue to pass up.

    "It's a place you want to experience,'' commissioner Larry Scott said at a press conference outside the stadium with 49ers CEO Jed York and president Paraag Marathe.

    Marathe expects a sellout for the Dec. 5 matchup. The conference plans to re-evaluate the situation after three years. If the neutral site doesn't work, it has the option of returning to the home-hosting model.

  • Defending NCAA women's champion Stanford (19-2) won 4-3 over Cal (20-5) in the Round of 16 in Atlanta. The Cardinal clinched the match when Caroline Doyle edged Maegan Manasse 6-7 (5), 6-3, 7-6 (0) on Court 6 at the Ken Byers Tennis Complex. The match was moved from Athens, Georgia, to indoors in Atlanta due to rain. Stanford will play Virginia in the quarterfinals Saturday.

  • The Cal men's golf team shot a 17-over 305 in a wet and windy first round of the NCAA Sugar Grove (Illinois) Regional. Cal was in seventh place at the Rich Harvest Farms course. UAB led the 54-hole event at 4-over 292. Cal's Brandon Hagy shared sixth at 1-over 73. Illinois' Brian Campbell was the top individual at 69.

    Stanford opened the NCAA Eugene (Oregon) Regional with a 4-under 276 and held a four-shot lead. Stanford's Patrick Rogers had the low round, a 4-under 66 for a one-shot lead at Eugene Country Club. San Jose State's Cody Blick, playing as an individual, was tied for 54th with a 76.

    MLS

    The league suspended the Earthquakes' Victor Bernardez, and the defender will miss Saturday's game at Seattle. He was cited for knocking down FC Dallas' David Texeira during San Jose's 2-1 win last weekend.

    Staff writers Jon Wilner and Elliott Almond and wire services contributed to this report.