Sports in Brief: 'Nova's Yarou out with illness

Villanova team physicians are awaiting test results on freshman basketball player Mouphtaou Yarou, who has been under doctors' care since leaving Puerto Rico last Thursday.

Yarou underwent tests at Jefferson University Hospital on Tuesday to determine the origin of a viral infection.

A school spokesman said yesterday that the forward was "very doubtful" for the No. 4 Wildcats' game against La Salle on Saturday.

UCLA reinstated Nikola Dragovic after the Serbian forward's two-game suspension for his arrest in an assault case, coach Ben Howland said.

Prosecutors say Dragovic pushed a man into a glass display case, causing injuries, during an altercation at a Hollywood concert venue. The 21-year-old could not be reached for comment.

Texas guard Varez Ward will miss the rest of the season with a ruptured quadriceps tendon in his right leg.

Cleveland quarterback Brady Quinn said he would love to be reunited with his former coach, should Charlie Weis be ousted from Notre Dame. "It'd be nice," Quinn said. "I'd like to play under him again if I had the opportunity."

Quinn played two seasons for Weis and said he believes the school would be making a mistake if it fires the coach. The Irish are 6-5, with one game left.

HORSE RACING: Ira "Babe" Hanford, 91, who as an 18-year-old apprentice jockey rode 20-1 shot Bold Venture to victory in the 1936 Kentucky Derby, died Saturday in Ocala, Fla.

BASEBALL: The New York Daily News said Boston was "putting on a full-court press" to acquire righthander Roy Halladay from the Toronto Blue Jays.

But ESPNBoston.com said there was "nothing" to the timing and urgency mentioned in the report.

Elsewhere: Andruw Jones agreed to a $500,000, one-year contract with the Chicago White Sox. . . . Shortstop John McDonald agreed to a $3 million, two-year contract and will remain with Toronto. . . . Kansas City sent infielder Tug Hulett to Boston for cash or a player to be named.

SOCCER: Five clubs in Albania, Latvia, Slovenia, and Hungary are suspected in European soccer's biggest match-fixing investigation.

European soccer's governing body identified the clubs as KF Tirana, FC Dinaburg, KS Vilaznia, NK IB Llubljana, and Honved. They allegedly fixed seven qualifying-round games in the Champions League and Europa League from July 16 to Aug. 6.

ESPN Deportes will televise 40 World Cup matches in the United States next year with Portuguese commentary.

The Independence named Louise Waxler associate general manager and director of operations. A member of the National Soccer Coaches Association of America since 1991, she most recently served as director of operations for the Washington Freedom of Women's Professional Soccer.

TENNIS: Roger Federer secured the year-end No. 1 ranking for the fifth time, earning the top spot by winning his opening two matches in the season-ending World Tour Finals in London.

Rafael Nadal fell out of contention for a spot in the semifinals with a second consecutive defeat, losing, 6-1, 7-6 (4), to Nikolay Davydenko. Robin Soderling advanced to the semifinals by defeating Novak Djokovic, 7-6 (5), 6-1.

- Staff and wire reports