Sports shorts: College football set to pick playoff sites to be settled for college football

2013-04-23T00:00:00Z Sports shorts: College football set to pick playoff sites to be settled for college footballStaff And Wire Reports Staff And Wire Reports Arizona Daily Star

With the how and when of college football playoffs determined, it's time to lock in the where. The conference commissioners in charge of putting together the four-team playoff system that will start after the 2014 regular season will meet starting today in Pasadena, Calif.

At the top of the agenda: Pick three more bowls to be used in the semifinal rotation and decide on a site for the first national title game. The Rose, Sugar and Orange bowls are already part of the six-bowl semifinal rotation. The Fiesta, Cotton and Chick-fil-A bowls are favored for the playoff rotation, so much so that only one other bowl - the Holiday in San Diego - put in a bid to be part of the system to replace the Bowl Championship Series.

"I was a little surprised we didn't get more," Big 12 Commissioner Bob Bowlsby said.

• The NCAA granted Central Florida's appeal of a one-year postseason ban in football, clearing the way for the Knights to be eligible for a bowl berth in their inaugural season in the American Athletic Conference in 2013.

Soccer

New women's team, FC Tucson in twinbills

FC Tucson announced Monday that it will partner with Tucson Soccer Academy FC, a new entry in the Women's Premier Soccer League, for four doubleheaders during the upcoming season.

The doubleheaders will take place June 8, June 15, June 28 and July 6 at Kino Sports Complex North Field No. 5. TSAFC matches will begin at 5:15 p.m., followed by the FC Tucson matches at 7:30 p.m.

• Manchester United clinched its record 20th English league title with four games to spare, beating Aston Villa 3-0 Monday on Robin van Persie's first-half hat trick.

Van Persie scored in the second, 12th and 33rd minutes and has a league-high 24 goals on the season. Manchester United (27-4-3) leads defending champ Manchester City (20-5-8) by 16 points. This is the earliest a club has clinched the title since Man-U on April 14, 2001.

MISCELLANEOUS

USC takes first-day Pac-12 women's golf lead

Six-place Arizona trails leader USC by 21 strokes going into today's second round of the Pac-12 women's golf tournament at the Valencia (Calif.) Country Club.

The Wildcats shot a 13-over-par 301 on Monday, led by Manon Gidali (tie 18th, 2-over-74) and Janie Jackson (tie 25th, 75). Patricia Garcia, Kendall Prince and Andrea Vilarasau are tied for 30th at 76. USC (280) leads, followed by UCLA (290) and Washington (293).

• The Pima College softball team earned ACCAC honors for the third straight week, with Yvette Alvarez (Sahuarita) named pitcher of the week and Danielle Stensby (Sierra Vista Buena) named player of the week. Alvarez went 3-1 with a 1.67 ERA and 15 strikeouts in 27 innings; Stensby hit .500 with two doubles and two RBIs.

• Rutgers is set to introduce Lakers assistant Eddie Jordan today as the new coach of the Scarlet Knights' scandal-marred basketball program. The official hiring will come 20 days after Mike Rice was fired after a video showed him grabbing and throwing a ball at players.

• Kansas State point guard Angel Rodriguez has decided to transfer to an undetermined school so that he can be closer to his mother and brothers in Puerto Rico.

• In the NFL, the New York Jets re-signed outside linebacker Calvin Pace to a one-year deal. ... From the mountaintops of Peru, linebacker Scott Fujita signed a one-day contract with New Orleans and retired Monday. The Saints provided the document for Fujita during his trip to Peru with ex-teammate Scott Gleason, who is battling ALS. ... The city of Charlotte voted to help make improvements to the Carolina Panthers' stadium. ... Kam Chancellor and the Seahawks agreed on a contract extension to keep the safety in Seattle through the 2017 season.

• Three-time Olympic gold medalist goalie Kim St. Pierre retired from the Canadian women's hockey team.

- Dave Ord Includes material from news releases

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