Russia is unlikely to sign a new four-year player agreement regulating transfers from Europe to the NHL, Russian hockey federation president

Vladislav Tretiak

said yesterday.

The International Ice Hockey Federation's national associations had until one minute after midnight this morning to ratify the latest agreement between the IIHF and the NHL.

NHL clubs are forbidden from acquiring players already under contract in Russia, but they can take free agents without paying compensation. However, Russian players still can easily break their contracts, freeing them to sign with an NHL team.

Boxing

Evander Holyfield

will fight

Lou Savarese

on June 30 in El Paso, Texas, in his quest to capture another heavyweight title. The 44-year-old Holyfield has won all three fights since returning from a two-year layoff, improving to 41-8-2.

Sailing

Desafio Espanol clinched the final place in the semifinals of the Louis Vuitton Cup when Emirates Team New Zealand beat Victory Challenge of Sweden in the 10th flight of match racing off Valencia, Spain. BMW Oracle Racing of the United States beat the Spanish team by 55 seconds.

BMW Oracle Racing maintained its one-point advantage over Emirates Team New Zealand, moving to 37 points. Both have clinched spots in the semifinals, as has Luna Rossa of Italy.

Cycling

A day after admitting involvement in the Spanish doping scandal, Giro d'Italia champion

Ivan Basso

said he intended to cheat in "a moment of weakness" but never did, and is ready to accept his punishment.

Basso said he made contact with a doctor at the heart of the Spanish investigation, Eufemiano Fuentes, and gave him a blood sample with the intention of doping - but never actually did.

Horse racing

Former 2-year-old champion

Chilukki

and her foal died Monday after complications during birth. Chilukki, the top 2-year-old filly in the country in 1999, and the colt, by 2004 Horse of the Year

Ghostzapper

, died at Hagyard Davidson McGee Clinic in Lexington, Ky.

Noteworthy

Temple's

Adrienne Repsher

was named player of the year by the Atlantic Ten in softball in a vote of the conference head coaches.

The first baseman enters this week's A-10 tournament leading the league with a .458 batting average.

Jon Herb spun and hit the wall coming out of the second turn during practice for the Indianapolis 500. He was not injured. Herb was driving his backup Dallara.

The Barrage of Major League Lacrosse obtained midfielder Andy Corno from the New Jersey Pride for the fifth overall pick in the 2007 draft, a second-round pick in the 2008 draft pick and a first-round pick in the 2008 supplemental draft.

A day earlier, the Barrage had sent midfielder Greg Peyser to the Pride for the fifth pick that was traded back yesterday.

Elsewhere: Todd Fairlie, an all-American at Widener in lacrosse and football, has made the roster of the San Francisco Dragons in MLL. . . . Wings forward Athan Iannucci and transition player Geoff Snider were named to the National Lacrosse League all-rookie team.