Darvish’s brother guilty of assault


The Osaka District Court on Wednesday sentenced the younger brother of new Texas Rangers pitcher Yu Darvish to a suspended one-year prison term for assaulting a female friend.

Sho Darvish, 22, repeatedly slapped the woman in the face and tried to choke her Jan. 25 last year in Kawachinagano, Osaka Prefecture, the court said.

Presiding Judge Hidetake Koga said the defendant assaulted the woman after becoming angry over her association with some of her friends. “The attack was persistent and malicious,” he said.