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. The game will be Jan. 12, 2015.

The final three sites for the semifinal rotation were announced and Cowboys Stadium came up a winner again. The Cotton Bowl, which is played at the $1.2 billion home of the Dallas Cowboys, will be part of the six-bowl rotation, along with the Chick-fil-A Bowl (Atlanta) and Fiesta Bowl (Glendale, Ariz.).

The Rose (Pasadena), Orange (Miami) and Sugar (New Orleans) are already part of the rotation. The Rose and Sugar will host the first semifinals on Jan. 1, 2015. The next season, the Cotton and Orange will host the semifinals on New Year's Eve. The semifinals will be played in the Fiesta and Chick-fil-A after the 2016 season.

  • Louisville's Russ Smith is passing on the NBA draft to return for his senior season, aiming to become his family's first college graduate and win another NCAA title.

  • USC center Dewayne Dedmon is leaving school after his junior season to enter the NBA draft.

    Motor sports

    NASCAR penalized Matt Kenseth and Joe Gibbs Racing after the engine from Kenseth's race-winning car at Kansas Speedway failed a post-race inspection. The team had nothing to do with the error. Manufacturer Toyota took responsibility for one of eight connecting rods failing to meet the minimum weight requirement by 3 grams -- less than an empty envelope.

    Kenseth was docked 50 driver points -- he earned 48 points for Sunday's win -- and fell from eighth to 14th in the standings. Crew chief Jason Ratcliff was suspended for six races and fined $200,000. Joe Gibbs had his owner's license suspended for six races and won't earn car owner points during that time. He also was docked 50 car owner points. Toyota, which supplies the JGR engines, lost five points in the manufacturer standings. JGR will appeal.

    Soccer

    Robert Lewandowski had four goals, and Borussia Dortmund beat visiting Real Madrid 4-1 in the opening leg of a Champions League semifinal. Madrid's Spanish league rival Barcelona lost 4-0 on Tuesday at Bayern Munich.