Boston College is finally getting the keys to the Atlantic Coast Conference, and the league is already eyeing one of the city's jewels.
BC is putting together a bid to hold the ACC baseball tournament at Fenway Park, perhaps as soon as 2007.
"It could be a great opportunity for the players," Commissioner John Swofford said yesterday after welcoming the ACC's 12th school. "Fenway is one of the special venues in all of sports."
Although Boston College's first competition as a member of the ACC won't be until its Sept. 17 football game against Florida State, the school officially severs its ties with the Big East today. ACC officials visited BC's new Yawkey Center -- named after the former Red Sox owner -- yesterday to mark the end of a sometimes acrimonious two-year struggle to expand at the Big East's expense.
* SOCCER: Former Manchester United great Bobby Charlton apologized to Malcolm Glazer's sons following a violent protest during their visit to Old Trafford, the English club's famed stadium.
About 200 fans clashed with police Wednesday as they demonstrated against the Glazer family's takeover of the famous club. Two supporters were arrested and Joel, Avi and Bryan Glazer had to be escorted away from the stadium in a police van.
Charlton, one of English soccer's greatest players, met the Glazer sons yesterday. "I apologized to them for what happened last night," he said. "There is no room for violence in football. I don't think they were rattled by it, maybe a bit surprised."
But Charlton told them that they had to take into account the feelings of the United supporters.
"I tried to explain they couldn't ignore the fans, who are so emotionally involved in the club but who sometimes do go a bit too far," he said. . . .
Tony Meola, one of the best goalkeepers in U.S. soccer history, was signed by the New York/New Jersey MetroStars, the team he began his MLS career with in 1996.
Meola, 36, spent the last six seasons with the Kansas City Wizards and helped the team to its first MLS championship in 2000 when he was named MVP for the regular season and the MLS Cup.
* COLLEGE BASKETBALL: Toney Douglas, one of the Southeastern Conference's top freshmen last season at Auburn, has transferred to Florida State.
Douglas will sit out the 2005-06 season, but will have three seasons of eligibility remaining, Florida State Coach Leonard Hamilton said. Douglas, a 6-foot-1 guard, averaged 16.9 points, 5.3 rebounds and 1.4 steals last season.
* COURTS: Detroit Lions defensive end Kalimba Edwards pleaded guilty in Southfield, Mich., to charges of disorderly conduct and failing to produce a driver's license during a traffic stop in May, and was sentenced to one year of probation.
-- From News Services