PASADENA, Calif. - The first championship game in the College Football Playoff will be held at Cowboys Stadium. The BCS conference commissioners announced Wednesday that Arlington, Texas, edged Tampa, Fla., in the bidding to be the site of the first title game in the new playoff system. The game will be held Jan. 12, 2015.

The Fiesta Bowl, in Glendale; the Cotton Bowl, which is played at Cowboys Stadium; and the Chick-fil-A Bowl in Atlanta were named the other three rotating semifinal sites. The Rose, Orange and Sugar bowls are already part of the semifinal rotation.

Arizona sports

UA women tie for fourth in Pac-12 golf

Paced by freshman Janie Jackson, the youthful Arizona Wildcats finished tied for fourth Wednesday in Los Angeles in the Pac-12 women's golf championship.

No. 1 USC won the team title at 853, No. 5 Arizona and No. 15 Stanford tied at 882.

Jackson finished with a three-day total of 217, 1 over par. Arizona's next three finishers were all sophomores; Manon Gidali, 221, tied for 16th; Andrea Vilarasau, 223, tied for 20th; and Kendall Prince, 224, tied for 24th.

• Arizona plays Long Beach State, and Western Washington faces Chico State on Saturday in first-round play of the USA Rugby West Regional at Murphey Stadium.

Play begins at 11 a.m. Saturday's losers meet in a consolation game at 10:30 a.m. Sunday, followed by the championship game. The winner advances to the nationals May 11-12 in Bowling Green, Ohio.

Admission is $10 each day for adults, or $15 for a two-day pass. Students and military members with ID are free.

Pima College

Alvarez named national pitcher of week

Pima College's Yvette Alvarez (Sahuarita High School) was named NJCAA national softball pitcher of the week for April 8-14. Alvarez went 3-0 with an ERA of 0.53 and 22 strikeouts in 17 innings.

The Aztecs are No. 18 in this week's NJCAA rankings.


Dortmund whips Madrid in Champions semi

DORTMUND, Germany - Robert Lewandowski scored four goals and Borussia Dortmund took a huge step toward reaching the club's second Champions League final with a 4-1 walloping of Real Madrid on Wednesday.

Madrid archrival Barcelona was thumped by a German team the day before, losing 4-0 at Bayern Munich. Return matches in Spain will be played next week.

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