PASADENA, Calif. (AP) -- Out with the BCS, in with the College Football Playoff.
The major college football conference commissioners, meeting in Pasadena, Calif., have selected that rather obvious new name for postseason play, and now they have to select three more of the six bowl games that will be part of the semifinal rotation. Already in the mix: the Rose, Orange and Sugar bowls. Four more are pitching for the final three slots: the Cotton, Chick-fil-A, Fiesta and Holiday.
The two national semifinal games will be played New Year's Eve or New Year's Day
Finalists to host the first championship game on Jan. 12, 2015 are Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, Texas, and Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Fla.
The commissioners will also decide on the selection committee that will set the field for the playoffs. The have already said they want something similar to the one that picks the teams for the NCAA basketball tournament.
Heat go 2-up
UNDATED (AP) -- The Miami Heat will head to Milwaukee with a two-games-to-none lead in the NBA's Eastern Conference quarterfinals.
Dwyane (dwayn) Wade scored 21 points and the Heat pulled away in the fourth quarter to beat the Bucks 98-86. LeBron James chipped in 19 points for Miami, which scored the first 12 points of the final period to take a 15-point lead with about 9 1/2 minutes left.
The Bucks will host Game 3 on Thursday.
Cavs close to naming not so new coach
CLEVELAND (AP) -- Mike Brown is taking another crack at coaching the Cleveland Cavaliers, agreeing in principle to a contract three years after he was dismissed by team owner Dan Gilbert.
A person with knowledge of the situation says Brown hasn't yet signed his new deal but has agreed to take the job. Brown went 272-138 and went to the playoffs every season with the Cavs, teaming with James on a run to the NBA Finals in 2007.
Another NBA coach has been fired
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) -- The Charlotte Bobcats have fired coach Mike Dunlap after just one season. The Bobcats went 21-61 under Dunlap, finishing with the second-worst record in the NBA ahead of only the Orlando Magic.
Pacers' George earns honor
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) -- Indiana forward Paul George has been named winner of the NBA's Most Improved Player award. He averaged 17.4 points and 7.6 rebounds a game this season, both career highs. In the opening game of the Pacers playoff series with the Hawks, George had a triple double with 23 points, 11 rebounds and 12 assists in the Pacers' 107-90 Game 1 win over Atlanta.
George finished with 311 points and 52 first-place votes from the media panel, well in front of Greivis (GREE'-vihs) Vasquez of New Orleans.
Caps clinch Southeast,
UNDATED (AP) -- The Washington Capitals have wrapped up the Southeast Division title while helping the New York Islanders end a six-year postseason drought.
Jason Chimera (chih-MEHR'-uh), Nicklas Backstrom, Mathieu Perreault (peh-ROH') and Alex Ovechkin (oh-VEHCH'-kihn) each had a goal and an assist as the Capitals beat Winnipeg 5-3. The Caps blew a 2-0 lead before Backstrom and Perreault scored 2:46 apart late in the second period to restore their two-goal advantage.
The Islanders clinched a playoff berth despite a 4-3 shootout loss to Carolina. Riley Nash and Jeff Skinner had the shootout goals for the Hurricanes after Kyle Okposo (oh-POH'-soh) scored with 61 seconds left in regulation to give the Isles the point they needed to wrap up a postseason spot.
Boston and Montreal remain in a virtual tie for the Northeast Division lead after the Bruins and Canadiens lost on the road. Matt Read and Oliver Lauridsen scored just seven seconds apart in the second period to give Philadelphia a 3-1 lead in a 5-2 win over the Bruins. The Canadiens were 3-2 losers at New Jersey as Patrik Elias (EH'-lee-ahsh) notched his 375th career goal and Martin Brodeur picked up his 669th victory.
The New York Rangers could have wrapped up a postseason spot, but they lost 3-2 at Florida despite outshooting the Panthers 38-16. Marcel Goc (gahch) scored a power-play goal to snap a 1-1 tie with 12:23 left before Drew Shore's empty-netter became the eventual game-winner.
Thomas Vanek (VAN'-ehk) scored twice and Steve Ott provided the game-winner with 2:34 left as Buffalo beat Pittsburgh 4-3, ending the Penguins' seven-game winning streak.
Chris Stewart reached career milestones of 100 goals and 100 assists and St. Louis clinched a playoff berth with two games to spare, beating Colorado 3-1.