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California may use backup QB vs. No. 2 Oregon

California may use backup QB vs. No. 2 Oregon

BERKELEY, Calif. (AP) Allan Bridgford prepares each week as if he is the starting quarterback for California.

The difference this week is he could likely get that chance for the Golden Bears against No. 2 Oregon because starter Zach Maynard is hampered by an injured left knee.

Bridgford took the majority of practice snaps with the first team Tuesday, according to coach Jeff Tedford, while Maynard just watched with a heavy brace on his left leg.

Tedford has not ruled Maynard out as of yet, but it is very likely the Bears (3-7, 2-5 Pac-12) may have to turn to a quarterback who has thrown just 48 passes in four seasons when they host the Ducks (9-0, 7-0) on Saturday night.

``It would be different if it were my first time playing a college football game but it's not,'' Bridgford said after practice Tuesday. ``I've played a number of games. I've thrown a handful of passes. I'm not overly nervous. I'm just ready to have fun and waiting to have my shot.''

Maynard has no ligament damage in his knee and Tedford is just waiting to see how much the injury heals this week before deciding on who will start Saturday.

``It's totally dependent on how he's moving and what he feels like,'' Tedford said. ``Each day it gets a little bit better. It's kind of out of our control. He'll get as much rehab as he can and it's just how he responds to that.''

Bridgford actually started the season opener against Nevada this year, with Maynard being held out for punishment for missing a tutoring session. But Bridgford didn't work with the first team the week leading up to the game and didn't even know he would start until the night before.

He completed just 2 of 9 passes for 6 yards that game. He didn't play again until Maynard hurt his knee Friday night against Washington and went 2 for 7 for 26 yards, failing to lead Cal on a late drive in a 21-13 loss.

Bridgford went 13 for 32 for 184 yards in three games last season and has a 35.4 career completion percentage. But Tedford said he's confident in Bridgford, calling him a studious quarterback who is always well prepared.

The task Saturday will be especially difficult against an Oregon defense that excels at pressuring quarterbacks and causing turnovers.

If Bridgford starts, he will also have to keep up with Oregon's high-powered, fast-break offense that leads the nation in scoring with 54.3 points per game.

``We're going to ask Bridgford to play within himself and let people around him make plays as well,'' Tedford said. ``It's not just him out there. There's enough anxiety for somebody to go in and play the number two team in the nation without putting any more undue anxiety on him. He just has to play within himself, be smart with the football and not turn the ball over.''

Austin Hinder, who has not played a game in his three seasons at Cal, worked with the second team and would back up Bridgford if Maynard can't play.

In other injury news, star receiver Keenan Allen will miss his second straight game with an injured left knee. Tedford would not rule out Allen yet for the season finale at Oregon State on Nov. 17.

Starting tackle Matt Summers-Gavin (knee) and receiver Bryce Treggs (ankle) are day to day with injuries as well.

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Wizards have talked to the Spurs about Kawhi Leonard, report says

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Wizards have talked to the Spurs about Kawhi Leonard, report says

After already making significant changes to their roster, the Wizards may not be done this offseason, as they have been in talks with the San Antonio Spurs about a potential trade for superstar Kawhi Leonard, according to a new report by ESPN

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Still, the bidding war among Boston, Philadelphia and the Lakers never materialized. The Los Angeles Clippers, Denver, Phoenix, Portland, Toronto and Washington are among teams who've talked with San Antonio, league sources said.

The Wizards certainly make sense as a Leonard suitor. They are in the East, meaning the Spurs could trade Leonard to them and not have to worry about facing him as often. Plus, they have a solid group of tradeable assets and ones that seem to fit the Spurs model.

Otto Porter is a versatile, young player under team control who plays an unselfish style and would likely embrace playing in a small market. He also has a salary ($26M in 2018-19) that isn't far off from Leonard's ($21M in 2018-19), so the money could be easily matched.

The Wizards also have Tomas Satoransky and Kelly Oubre, Jr., two young and up-and-coming players. Plus, they have draft picks, though ones that are unlikely to convey as lottery selections.

The Spurs have reportedly been more interested in getting players that can help now rather than draft picks to rebuild. That makes sense, as they still won 47 games last year despite Leonard only playing in nine of them due to injury.

The question in any Wizards and Spurs talks would be whether they would want one of Washington's All-Stars in John Wall and Bradley Beal. It would be tough to imagine the Wizards parting with either guy for Leonard, who carries some risk not only because of his quadriceps injury but also because he can opt out of his contract and leave after next season.

Just because the Wizards have talked to the Spurs doesn't mean they are serious contenders for Leonard, but it does show they are serious about improving their roster this summer. If they got Leonard and didn't part with Wall and Beal, that would be some team.

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Orioles reportedly have deal in place to trade Manny Machado to Dodgers

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Orioles reportedly have deal in place to trade Manny Machado to Dodgers

When Manny Machado returns from the 2018 MLB All-Star Break, he will not be donning a Baltimore Orioles uniform. 

The All-Star shortstop is expected to be traded from Baltimore to the Los Angeles Dodgers, barring any last-minute changes, according to multiple media reports. 

That being said, the Machado trade talks remain fluid and both the Phillies and Brewers are still trying to work a trade for the 26-year-old third baseman, according to Jon Heyman. The Diamondbacks are also reportedly trying to lure the four-time All-Star to the desert, while the Yankees decided to pull out of the Machado sweepstakes just prior to the All-Star festivities in Washington, D.C. 

While the details of the trade have yet to be revealed, the Dodgers will reportedly include top outfield prospect Yusniel Diaz in the Machado trade, according to Heyman.

According to Jim Bowden, when regular-season play returns, Machado will be in the National League, although which team he plays for is still up in the air.

With the Orioles sitting a historically awful 39.5 games out of first place at the All-Star Break, trading Machado is the first major step toward a complete overhaul. The Orioles drafted Machado out of Brito High School in Miami, Fla., with the No. 3 overall pick in the 2010 MLB Draft. Since then, Machado has drawn comparisons to iconic third basemen Brooks Robinson and Alex Rodriguez, despite being moved to shortstop full-time this past season, and is widely considered one of the three best position players in professional baseball.

Machado is currently batting .315 with 24 home runs and 65 RBIs.

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