GRAND FORKS, N.D. (AP) _ Virgil Hill seeks to defend his WBA light heavyweight title for the 21st time when he meets challenger Louis Delvalle of New York tonight.

The 32-year-old Hill (41-1) is the winningest light heavyweight champion, losing only to Thomas Hearns in 1990.

Hill is hoping to reach super stardom in boxing before retiring. He hopes the Delvalle fight, the first of a four-bout contract with HBO, will give his career that extra push to the big money.

Delvalle (22-0), a former New York City Golden Gloves champion, is competing in his first title fight.

The Grand Forks card also features heavyweight Buster Mathis Jr., who lost by knockout to Mike Tyson last December. Mathis (20-1) will be fighting Obed Sullivan (17-1-1) of Lancaster, Calif.


MOERS, Germany (AP) _ Two days after its worst effort of the season, the U.S. men's national volleyball team swept the Netherlands 15-12, 15-7, 15-8 in the opening match of the round-robin, Four Nations Deutschland Cup.

Team USA was coming off a straight-set loss to Germany on Wednesday.

The United States (6-2) will play Germany tonight. After Sunday's tournament finale against Greece, Team USA travels to Moscow for two matches against Russia next weekend.


SEATTLE (AP) _ The Seattle SuperSonics activated forward Sherell Ford on Friday and put forward-center Frank Brickowski on the injured list.

Brickowski, who has tendinitis in his right shoulder, averaged 5.4 points in 63 games this season.

Ford, who missed eight games due to quadriceps tendinitis in his left leg, averaged 3.2 points in 27 games this season.


CLEVELAND (AP) _ The Boston Red Sox brought up infielder Bill Selby and right-hander Joe Hudson from their Triple-A Pawtucket affiliate before Friday night's game against the Cleveland Indians.

To make room for Selby, whose contract was purchased, and Hudson, who was recalled, Boston optioned catcher Jim Tatum and right-handed pitcher John Doherty to Pawtucket.

Doherty, who was demoted Thursday night, had no decisions and a 5.68 ERA in three relief appearances for the Red Sox. Tatum appeared in two games and had one hit in eight at-bats.


GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) _ Offensive tackle Bruce Wilkerson signed a free agent contract with the Green Bay Packers on Friday.

Wilkerson, a 6-foot-5, 305-pound veteran of nine NFL seasons, played in 10 games for Jacksonville last year. He was placed on waivers Tuesday.

Wilkerson, 31, played eight seasons for the Los Angeles Raiders, starting 89 of 107 games. Overall, he has played in 117 games since being selected in the second round of the 1987 draft out of Tennessee.

Wilkerson will participate in the Packers' minicamp April 26-28 in Green Bay.