Sports shorts: Move over, BCS, for the College Football Playoff

2013-04-24T00:00:00Z Sports shorts: Move over, BCS, for the College Football PlayoffStaff And Wire Reports Staff And Wire Reports Arizona Daily Star

PASADENA, Calif. - The Bowl Championship Series will be replaced by the College Football Playoff.

The BCS conference commissioners announced the name of the new postseason system that starts in 2014 on Tuesday, the first of three days of meetings.

Today they will choose the final three sites for the six-bowl semifinal rotation (likely the Cotton, Chick-fil-A and Fiesta) and the site of the first championship game Jan 12, 2015 (Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, Texas, or Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Fla.). The Rose, Orange and Sugar bowls are already semifinal spots.

The website www.collegefootballplayoff.com lets fans vote on a new logo. It has a Twitter handle: @cfbplayoff.

"We're clearly trying to make a clear break from the BCS," Pac-12 commissioner Larry Scott said.

Arizona Wildcats

Women sit in 4th at Pac-12 golf tourney

Freshman Janie Jackson fired a 4-under-par 68 Tuesday as the UA women's golf team moved up two spots to fourth place at the Pac-12 tournament in Valencia, Calif.

The Wildcats (585) trail leader USC by 14 strokes going into today's final round after a 4-under 284, the second day's lowest team score. Individually, Jackson is tied for sixth, three strokes from the lead. UA's Manon Gidali is 12th, five back, and Patricia Garcia is 17th, eight back.

• UA's inaugural sand volleyball team signed its first players Tuesday: Glendale Mountain Ridge High School twins Madison and McKenna Witt and Irvine (Calif.) Valley College transfer Allie Cook.

• Wildcats reliever Mat Troupe (3-0, 2.67 ERA, nine saves) is among 51 players named to the midseason watch list for the Stopper of the Year award.

Pima College

Alvarez's big day: 4 HRs, 12 RBIs, 2 wins

Pitcher Yvette Alvarez (Sahuarita) went a combined 7 for 8 with four homers and 12 RBIs, and picked up wins in both five-inning games, as the Pima College softball team beat GateWay 21-2 and 20-2 in a doubleheader Tuesday.

The host Aztecs (41-17, 33-13) will finish the regular season Saturday in a doubleheader at Chandler-Gilbert.

• In baseball, Pima swept Arizona Western 4-2 and 7-4 in Yuma. Alec Beyersdorf (Catalina Foothills) went 4 for 4 with three doubles in the seven-inning first game, while Jake Cole (Sahuaro) scattered four hits and struck out eight in 8 1/3 innings for the win in the second game. The Aztecs (24-28-1, 14-22) end their regular season by hosting South Mountain in a noon doubleheader Saturday.

Miscellaneous

Chargers pick up ex-Cat Chris Gronkowski

SAN DIEGO - The San Diego Chargers signed former UA Wildcats fullback Chris Gronkowski, the brother of New England and ex-UA tight end Rob Gronkowski and Cleveland tight end Dan Gronkowski. Chris Gronkowski played earlier for Denver, Indianapolis and Dallas.

• In Tempe, quarterback Carson Palmer had his first workout with his new Arizona Cardinals teammates during a voluntary minicamp on Tuesday.

• The Justice Department laid out its case in a lawsuit against Lance Armstrong, saying the cyclist violated his contract with the U.S. Postal Service and was "unjustly enriched" while cheating to win the Tour de France. The filing in U.S. District Court in Washington, D.C., says the USPS paid Armstrong $17 million from 1998-2004.

• FIFA executive committee member Nicolas Leoz, 84, of Paraguay resigned, citing health reasons, just days before expected rulings in a World Cup kickbacks probe.

• Four-time Indy 500 winner A.J. Foyt, 78, had successful back surgery Tuesday.

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