Cowboys Stadium to host title game
• The first championship game in the College Football Playoff will be held at Cowboys Stadium.
A source tells the Associated Press that Arlington, Texas, has beaten out Tampa, Fla., in the bidding to be the site of the first title game in the new playoff system. The source spoke on condition of anonymity because a formal vote by the BCS conference commissioners was scheduled for late Wednesday, and a formal announcement after that.
The game will be held Jan. 12, 2015.
The final three sites for the semifinal rotation will also be announced later. Cowboys Stadium, home of the Cotton Bowl, is expected to be among them. The other two will be the Chick-fil-A Bowl in Atlanta and the Fiesta Bowl in Glendale, Ariz.
• The Green Bay Packers released running back Brandon Saine and linebacker D.J. Smith.
Ex-McKinley star among 3 arrested
• Three University of Charleston, W.Va., players, including former Canton McKinley star Terrell Lipkins, were dismissed from the Division II team after authorities charged the men in a downtown robbery. Police filed a criminal complaint alleging two people were struck and robbed of cash and a credit card early Sunday. All three were charged with first-degree robbery. Lipkins, the team’s leading scorer, also was charged with four counts of credit card fraud.
• Alvin Ellis III will be joining Michigan State’s recruiting class after he was released from his commitment to Minnesota. The 6-foot-4 guard was in Minnesota’s recruiting class, but was released his letter of intent because coach Tubby Smith was fired.
• Southern California center Dewayne Dedmon says he’s leaving school to enter the NBA Draft. Dedmon played two seasons for the Trojans after arriving from the junior college ranks
• Indiana guard Maurice Creek is leaving the Hoosiers and hopes to play his final season at another school. Coach Tom Crean said that Creek will graduate next week and will look to play next season as a graduate student. NCAA rules allow graduate students to play without having to sit out for a season.
• Prosecutors in Hartford, Conn., dropped all charges against Connecticut center Enosch Wolf stemming from a February domestic violence arrest on campus.
Liverpool striker banned 10 matches
• Liverpool striker Luis Suarez was banned for 10 matches by the English Football Association for biting an opponent during a Premier League match. Unless he wins an appeal, that rules him out for the rest of the season.
• 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 in Dortmund, Germany.
Red Wings working to get new arena
• Chris Ilitch says progress is being made on plans to build a new arena for the Detroit Red Wings. Michigan lawmakers approved a measure allowing tax dollars collected by Detroit’s Downtown Development Authority to be used for a $650 million multi-use development that will include a facility for the Red Wings.
• Denny Hamlin hasn’t been cleared to race at his home track in Richmond as he had hoped. Hamlin sustained a compression fracture of a vertebra in his lower back in a last-lap accident at California on March 24.
• Caroline Wozniacki lost in the first round of the Porsche Grand Prix in Stuttgart, Germany, falling to Carla Suarez Navarro of Spain 7-6 (6), 6-1.
— From wire reports