Nomar Garciaparra has a broken bone in his right hand, and the Los Angeles Dodgers' third baseman might not be ready for opening day.
Garciaparra had an MRI on Wednesday in Los Angeles that revealed a microfracture. The Dodgers do not consider the injury to be as serious as a complete fracture of a bone, and expect to know more once the 34-year-old is examined Thursday by the team's medical staff in Arizona.
• The Boston Red Sox ended a threatened boycott of their final spring training game in Florida, resolving a dispute over paying coaches for the season-opening trip to Japan.
The game against Toronto started an hour late when the team voted unanimously not to play or go to Tokyo after learning coaches and staff would not get a $40,000 appearance fee for the Japan trip. Players said they believed that fee was part of the deal.
• Unsigned and thus far unwanted, Barry Bonds still wants to play this year.
"I'm not going to retire. I don't think that's going to happen," he told MLB.com. "I'm working out. I'm training. If my phone rings, it rings. If it don't, it don't. I have a cell phone. I have a Blackberry. They work. If something comes up, I'm sure they'll let me know. I'll come back in July if I have to. It depends on the circumstances."
• Joba Chamberlain will begin the season in the N.Y. Yankees' bullpen.
"We think that's where he fits best right now," manager Joe Girardi said.
For much of spring training, Chamberlain was a contender for a spot in the starting rotation. He was a starter in college and the minors before New York switched him to a relief role last year and called him up in August to boost its shaky bullpen.
• OLYMPICS -- France's foreign minister backtracked from comments suggesting he is open to a boycott of the Beijing Olympics' opening ceremonies, saying that some economic decisions must be made "at the expense of human rights."
Bernard Kouchner on Tuesday said the idea of skipping the Aug. 8 opening ceremony to punish China for its crackdown on protests in Tibet was "interesting" and "less negative than a general boycott" of the Olympics. But by Tuesday evening, he told France-2 television: "We're not in favor of it."
• NBA -- With Larry Harris out as general manager of Milwaukee, Sen. Herb Kohl now has to prove to the next candidate that he's not a meddling owner.
"I'm not Mark Cuban," Kohl quipped of the Dallas Mavericks' billionaire owner who routinely makes headlines. "I honestly believe that I'm not a meddling type of a manager, whether it be in basketball or whether it was in food stores or department stores or as a senator."
• NFL -- The Green Bay Packers agreed to a two-year, $5.4 million deal with free-agent linebacker Brandon Chillar.
Chillar's agent, Jim Ivler, said the contract contains incentives that could raise its overall value to $6.4 million.
• TENNIS -- Rafael Nadal came back to win the final five games and beat Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in an intense, crowd-pleasing rematch of their Australian Open semifinal.
Nadal, the defending Indian Wells champion, avenged his lopsided loss in Melbourne with a scrappy 6-7 (4), 7-6 (3) 7-5 victory Tuesday in the fourth round of the Pacific Life Open.
After Tsonga, a hard-hitting Frenchman, went up 5-2 in the third set, Nadal held serve the rest of the way and broke Tsonga's serve in the ninth and 11th games to take a 6-5 lead.