Cal quarterback Beau Sweeney is transferring out of the program, coach Jeff Tedford said Wednesday.

Sweeney, a redshirt junior with two years of eligibility left, has been granted a release from his scholarship. Tedford said He's interested in transferring to a Football Championship Subdivision program so he doesn't have to sit out this season.

"He's a backup here and wants a chance to play. He's a great kid. We wish him all the best," Tedford said.

Sweeney was one of six quarterbacks vying for the starting job in spring camp but didn't make the cut when Tedford narrowed that competition to the top three. He spent most of the 2009 season and part of 2010 as the Bears' No. 2 quarterback but was dropped to the No. 3 spot about halfway through last season.

  • The Armed Forces Bowl extended BYU a provisional invitation to its Dec. 30 game in Dallas against a Conference USA opponent. BYU is now an independent in football after leaving the Mountain West. The Cougars will be in the WCC in other sports.

    College softball

    No. 9 Cal pounded (31-9) out 10 hits en route to a 12-0 five-inning rout of visiting Santa Clara (6-24). Cal freshman Arianna Erceg (4-3) pitched five innings, allowing three hits. Victoria Jones had two hits and three RBIs in the mercy-rule game.

    Soccer

    Lionel Messi had two goals, lifting visiting Barcelona a 2-0 win over Real Madrid in a Champions League semifinal. Messi sent Ibrahim Afellay's cross through the legs of goalie Iker Casillas in the 76th minute. With three minutes left, Messi eluded three defenders before slipping the ball past Casillas for his 52nd goal of the season (11th in Champions League). The match turned on the ejection of Madrid's Pepe in the 61st minute. He was sent off after colliding with Daniel Alves. Madrid coach Jose Mourinho was sent to the stands for protesting the ejection. The second leg is Tuesday. It was Barcelona's first win in three games between the rivals in 12 days after a 1-1 Spanish league draw and a 1-0 Copa del Rey loss. Manchester United beat host Schalke 2-0 in the first leg of the other semifinal Tuesday.

  • Clint Dempsey broke Fulham's Premier League record with two goals in a 3-0 win over Bolton. The American midfielder has 33 goals since joining Fulham in 2007, including 12 this season.

    Tennis

    Novak Djokovic improved to 25-0 this season by beating Adrian Ungur 6-2, 6-3 in his clay-court opener in the second round of the Serbia Open in Belgrade. The Serby has four titles in 2011, including the Australian Open. The Serbia Open is managed by the Djokovic family

    Figure skating

    Patrick Chan scored 93.02 points in the men's short program in Moscow, and the Canadian grabbed a big lead at the world championships. Runner-up Nobunari Oda was almost a dozen points back. American Richard Dornbush was 11th with 70.54. Defending pairs champions Pang Qing and Tong Jian led after the short program. U.S. champions Caitlin Yankowskas and John Coughlin were eighth.

    Horse racing

    Calvin Borel, who's won three of the last four Kentucky Derbys, including last year aboard Super Saver, will ride Sunland Derby winner Twice the Appeal on May 7 at Churchill Downs.

  • Nine horses were entered in the $100,000 San Francisco Mile at Golden Gate Fields. Saturday's turf race features multiple-stakes winners Bold Chieftain, Blue Chagall and Gallant Son.

    Mixed martial arts

    Five-time champion Randy Couture, 47, will retire after fighting Lyoto Machida at UFC 129 in Toronto on Saturday.

    Associated Press and wire services contributed to this report.