The newly expanded ACC must get by with only six bowl tie-ins this season. In 2006, the league will add at least two more.
Commissioner John Swofford announced agreements yesterday with the Emerald Bowl and the Music City Bowl that will give the league at least eight bowl destinations following next season, including one in the Bowl Championship Series. The ACC also extended its existing deals with the other six, allowing up to two-thirds of the league's 12 teams to move into the postseason if they qualify.
All eight bowls will be played after Dec. 25, avoiding a problem such as the one last year that led Virginia to decline an invitation to the Champs Sports Bowl because its date came during exams.
* SOCCER: U.S. captain Claudio Reyna, who missed much of last season because of a leg injury, plans to be available for next month's World Cup qualifier against Trinidad and Tobago in East Hartford, Conn. . . .
Defender Jamie Carragher scored his first goal in six years with Liverpool, leading the defending champion to a 3-1 road victory over Lithuania's FBK Kaunas in a second-round qualifying match for the European Champions League. . . .
Former World Cup and Olympic star Brandi Chastain will join the Washington Freedom reserve team for tonight's 7 p.m. exhibition against the Philadelphia Pirates at Maryland SoccerPlex in Germantown. Tickets are $10.
* HOCKEY: The Tampa Bay Lightning signed Coach John Tortorella and General Manager Jay Feaster to long-term contract extensions, keeping together the duo that helped guide the franchise to its first Stanley Cup in 2004. . . .
Don Waddell, the only GM in Atlanta Thrashers history, was selected to also serve as GM of the 2006 U.S. Olympic team.
* AUTO RACING: Derrike Cope's crew chief was fined $5,000 for using an illegal part at Pocono Raceway.
* TENNIS: Third-seeded Tommy Robredo of Spain defeated three-time French Open champion Gustavo Kuerten of Brazil, 6-4, 6-4, in the opening round of the Croatia Open.
* CYCLING: Lance Armstrong's record seventh straight Tour de France victory was watched by an average of 1.7 million viewers Sunday, the largest audience in the history of the Outdoor Life Network.
* OBITUARY: Sidney "Sonny" Hertzberg, an original member of the New York Knickerbockers and the leading scorer for the Boston Celtics in the 1949-50 season, died at his home in Woodmere, N.Y. He was 82.
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