The Pac-12 Networks announced Thursday broadcast plans and kickoff times for 15 early-season football games for their inaugural season.

The first weekend of games for the conference's new broadcasting arm will include San Jose State at Stanford at 7 p.m. Aug. 31, a Friday. The game had been set for that Saturday.

Cal's opener against Nevada at renovated Memorial Stadium on Sept. 1 will kick off at noon.

Everything gets started on the networks Aug. 30 with a doubleheader -- Northern Colorado vs. Utah and Northern Arizona vs. Arizona State.

On Sept. 8, Stanford's home game against Duke is set for 7:30 p.m., with Cal hosting Southern Utah at noon. The networks will also broadcast Cal's game at USC on Sept. 22, with a kickoff time to be announced later.

Also, Stanford's Sept. 15 home game against USC will kick off at 4:30 p.m. on FOX. The Cardinal's game at Washington on Sept. 27 (a Thursday) will be on ESPN, kicking off at 6 p.m. Stanford at Notre Dame on Oct. 13 will be on NBC at 12:30 p.m.

Cal's Nov. 2 home game against Washington will be on ESPN2, with a 6 p.m. kickoff. Cal at Ohio State on Sept. 15 will be on ABC at 9 a.m.

While selections for the first three weeks of the season have been made, all remaining TV choices by Pac-12 Networks will be made six to 12 days in advance of games.

  • Stanford's Nicole Gibbs, the NCAA women's singles champion, was awarded a wild-card entry into the Bank of the West Classic, which will be July 9-15 at Stanford's Taube Family Tennis Stadium. This will be her third appearance in the tennis tournament.

  • The WAC Board of Directors extended interim commissioner Jeff Hurd's contract through the 2012-13 academic year. The board also approved the addition of three affiliate members -- CSU Bakersfield and Northern Colorado in swimming and diving, and Boise State in gymnastics.

    Olympics

    Two more rowers with Bay Area ties qualified for the London Games, as Stanford graduate Silas Stafford and Tom Peszek won the men's pair at the U.S. Olympic trials on Mercer Lake (N.J.).

    Stafford is the third Cardinal rower to qualify for the Olympics. Seven rowers from the area have already earned berths with a few others still in the mix.

    East Bay-based Ken Jurkowski won the men's single event to earn his second Olympic berth. He led by nearly two boat lengths over his three competitors, including Oakland-based California Rowing Club's Mike Sivigny.

    "There's a lot more work to do between now and the Olympics," Jurkowski told U.S. Rowing.

    In men's pairs, Stafford and Peszek posted a four-second win over Mike Gennaro and Robert Otto. Also in the final were California Rowing Club crews of Ryan Monaghan and Deaglan McEachern and Brandon Shald and San Jose's Brad Bertoldo.

    Stafford and Peszek were the final two cut from the prestigious men's eight boat that trains in Alameda and Briones Reservoir. After learning their fate last month, "Tom turned to me and said, 'Do you want to row the pair,' " Stafford said.

    MLS

    Over 40,000 tickets have been sold for the Earthquakes' match against David Beckham, Landon Donovan and the Los Angeles Galaxy at Stanford Stadium on June 30 (7 p.m., ESPN2). Capacity is 50,000.

    Staff writer Elliott Almond and wire services contributed to this report.