SAN MATEO -- San Mateo's Kari Seitz, the most decorated international referee in American soccer history, is retiring, U.S. Soccer Federation announced Tuesday.

Seitz, 42, is the only referee, man or woman, to officiate in four World Cup tournaments. She worked the Women's World Cup in 1999, 2003, '07 and '11. She also officiated in three consecutive Olympics, including the London Games where her crew handled the opening event.

The London Games was Seitz' final major tournament because her sport has a mandatory retirement age of 45 for referees who work international matches. She will turn 45 the same year as the 2015 Women's World Cup in Canada. Her final match is scheduled for Oct. 20 when the top-ranked U.S. women play Australia in San Antonio, Texas.

Over a 28-year career Seitz has refereed games in Major League Soccer and the three U.S. women's pro leagues.

"I've had opportunities that I never could have imagined as an official starting out at just 14 years of age," Seitz said in a statement. "My life experiences as a referee have shaped me into the person I am today."

Seitz has handled more than 200 professional matches, more than 1,000 college matches and has refereed the U.S. women's national team more than 50 times.

College basketball

Cal's Brittany Boyd and Gennifer Brandon and Stanford's Chiney Ogwumike and were named to the 2013-14 "Wade Watch" list announced by the Women's Basketball Coaches Association.


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  • The San Jose State men's basketball team was picked to finish last in its debut season in the Mountain West Conference by a 24-member media poll that was released at the start of the conference's media day. No San Jose State players were selected for any preseason honors.

    Miscellany

    San Ramon Valley's Conor Neumann gave an oral commitment to the Cal men's water polo program.

    Neumann, a lefty attacker, also drew interest from colleges as a baseball player.

  • Patrick Rodgers' 7-under 209 helped the Stanford men's golf team win the Erin Hills Intercollegiate in Hartford, Wis.

    Stanford's 13-under 851 in the three-round event bettered second-place UCLA by eight strokes, with Southern Methodist and Oklahoma tying for third at 863 among the 14-team field.

    Rodgers won the individual title and was one of four Cardinal to finish in the top 10. David Boote and Cameron Wilson tied for sixth and Jim Liu was 10th.

    Staff writer Elliott Almond and Jimmy Durkin contributed to this report.