Oakland's Andre Ward said he's confident he'll return to the ring in the early spring despite the lawsuit he filed Monday attempting to break from his longtime promoter, Dan Goossen.

"The legal process should have no bearing on my getting back in the ring as soon as possible," Ward said in an email to the Los Angeles Times on Wednesday. "And I'm hoping to fight some time in March or April."

Ward is 27-0 with 14 knockouts after cruising to a unanimous decision over Edwin Rodriguez last month in Ontario.

He tried earlier this year to break from Goossen, but that bid was denied by the California State Athletic Commission. Goossen says his contract with Ward extends through September 2015.

There's speculation Ward would like to be part of promoter Bob Arum's stable, which includes Julio Cesar Chavez Jr., a likely pay-per-view opponent for Ward.

Colleges

Stanford offensive guard David Yankey, linebacker Trent Murphy and kick returner Ty Montgomery were named to the Walter Camp Football Foundation All-America first team. In its 124th year, the All-America team is the nation's oldest. Yankey, a senior, was a consensus All-American in 2012.

  • Stanford (26-5) plays Minnesota (29-6) on Friday in the Lexington (Ky.) Regionals of the NCAA women's volleyball tournament. Also, Michigan State (23-11) faces Penn State (30-2). The winners play Saturday.

    Golf

    Cal junior Michael Kim is No. 1 in the latest Scratch Players World Amateur Ranking. He also began the third stage of the Web.com Tour qualifying tournament at PGA West in La Quinta with a 4-under 68 at the Jack Nicklaus Course.

    Justin Shin had an 8-under 64 for a one-shot lead. Former Cal star Max Homa had an even-par 72 on the Stadium Course.

    Horse racing

    Juan Hernandez rode three winners -- the first race with Capo, third with Charlie Company and fifth with Jerry's Fever -- at Golden Gate Fields. Charlie Company was the lone favorite among his winners.

    Hernandez is tied with Dennis Carr for second in the jockey standings with three days left in the fall meet. Both have 34 wins. Russell Baze has 52.

    Wire services contributed to this report.