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Darvish's brother convicted for baseball gambling in Japan

TOKYO (AP) A Japanese court has convicted the brother of Texas Rangers pitcher Yu Darvish of gambling on baseball games, handing him a suspended prison sentence.

The Osaka District Court on Tuesday found Sho Darvish guilty of taking hundreds of bets on Major League Baseball and professional baseball games in Japan last year.

The court said the 27-year-old younger brother of Yu Darvish was sentenced to two years and four months in prison, but it was suspended for five years. The court said the defendant's gambling was limited to his group of friends and was not linked to organized crime, according to local media reports.

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His arrest last year led to an investigation of his brother, Yu Darvish, but the authorities found no involvement by the Rangers star.