Defending NCAA baseball champion Arizona has been picked to finish fifth in the Pac-12 this year, according to the league's preseason coaches' poll released Friday.
Favorite Stanford received 93 points and five first-place votes, followed by UCLA (90), Oregon State (87), Oregon (73), Arizona (65), Arizona State (58), California (40), USC (32), Washington State (32), Washington (28) and Utah (12). The Wildcats open their season Friday against Coppin State at 6 p.m. at Hi Corbett Field.
• At the Las Vegas Invitational, the UA rugby team (2-1) beat Dixie State 59-0 Friday behind centers David Spencer (two tries) and Jack Arnold (try, two penalty goals).
• The No. 18 Arizona hockey team lost at No. 3 Minot State 7-1 on Friday night and fell at Williston (N.D.) State 4-1 on Thursday night. The Cats are 15-19-1.
• The Pima College baseball team fell to Western Nevada 12-11 on Friday in Las Vegas. Dylan Dyson (Flowing Wells) went 3 for 5 with four RBIs for the Aztecs (2-4-1).
Ex-Wildcat Fipp named Eagles' assistant
PHILADELPHIA - The Philadelphia Eagles completed new coach Chip Kelly's staff on Friday, adding former Arizona football player and assistant coach Dave Fipp as special teams coordinator. Fipp, 38, was the assistant special teams coach for the Miami Dolphins from 2011-12.
• Former Dallas assistant Rob Ryan interviewed with New Orleans for its vacant defensive coordinator job.
• Charlotte's City Council agreed to a plan that would give the Carolina Panthers nearly $144 million from a food-and-beverage tax hike to pay for stadium upgrades.
• In State College, Pa., Sue Paterno broke a year of silence and defended her late husband as a "moral, disciplined" man who never twisted the truth to avoid bad publicity. The wife of ex-Penn State coach Joe Paterno said the family's response to former FBI director Louis Freeh's report for the university on the Sandusky child sex abuse case will be released at 9 a.m. Sunday on paterno.com.
• The Pirates completed a one-year contract with lefty Francisco Liriano, who hurt his right arm over the holidays.
• The Mariners' Felix Hernandez says he won't pitch for Venezuela in the upcoming World Baseball Classic.
• Rafael Nadal tested his sore left knee with a pair of matches on Friday, defeating Daniel Gimeno-Traver 6-1, 6-4 to reach the semifinals of Chile's VTR Open, then advancing in the doubles tournament as well.
• In Charlotte, N.C., Rusty Wallace headlined the fourth class of the NASCAR Hall of Fame, and his famed car "Midnight" was part of his induction.
• Tom Sermanni makes his debut as coach of the U.S. women's soccer team today when the Americans play Scotland in an exhibition game in Jacksonville, Fla.
Includes material from news releases