Tuesday's Sports in Brief

CINCINNATI (AP) Pete Rose is getting a hall of fame induction – in the Cincinnati Reds' team hall during a weekend of honors this summer in his hometown that will include retiring his No. 14.

The Reds' announcement came after MLB commissioner Rob Manfred rejected Rose's application for reinstatement to baseball last month.

Manfred concluded that baseball's career hits leader hasn't shown evidence of ''a reconfigured life'' and continued to gamble, even while seeking to end the lifetime ban imposed in 1989 for betting on numerous Reds games while playing for and managing the team.

Reds' chief executive Bob Castellini said Manfred approved the plans to honor the 74-year-old Rose. The June 24-26 events also will feature a 40-year reunion of the 1976 world champion Reds, on-field ceremonies and a team hall of fame banquet in which Rose will be awarded the red sports coat its members wear.

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) – Texas Rangers pitcher Yu Darvish said he is not and has never been involved in gambling activities amid a Major League Baseball investigation after the arrest of his younger brother in Japan.

Darvish issued a statement through his agent that says he understands MLB must conduct an investigation.

''I am certain that they will find that I had no involvement in this matter whatsoever,'' Darvish said in the statement through his representatives at the Wasserman Media Group.

Sho Darvish was arrested in October in Japan for allegedly running an illegal gambling ring that reportedly took about 1,850 bets on MLB games as well as professional baseball games in Japan. The arrest came after an investigation of more than a year.

It was unclear if any bets were taken on games involving the Rangers.

The Japan Times said Osaka police have not accused Yu Darvish of any wrongdoing.


CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) – NASCAR is expanding its Chase format to include its feeder series, meaning the champions from the Xfinity and Truck Series will now be crowned in a four-driver shootout at the season finale.

The format announced by NASCAR Chairman and CEO Brian France mostly mirrors the playoff-style setup used to determine the Sprint Cup champion the last two years. That system has 16 drivers race through three rounds of eliminations to establish a field of four in which the highest finisher in the finale wins the championship.

The Xfinity and Camping World Truck Series will use a seven-race Chase to decide their champions. The Cup series uses a 10-race format.

All three series will crown a champ at Homestead-Miami Speedway. However, all three will begin at different tracks: Chicago (Sprint Cup), Kentucky (Xfinity) and New Hampshire (Trucks).

France said the change will prepare the sport's young drivers for the challenges of winning a championship at the Sprint Cup level.


AUSTIN, Texas (AP) – The Texas attorney general sided with the growing list of states that consider daily fantasy sports sites such as DraftKings and FanDuel illegal, stopping short of ordering the multibillion-dollar industry to pack up and leave.

Attorney General Ken Paxton said a court would likely find daily fantasy sports illegal under Texas law. But attorney general opinions in Texas are nonbinding, leaving the games essentially free to continue there for now.

Regardless, the opinion is another blow to daily fantasy sports operators. DraftKings and FanDuel took in a combined $3 billion last year and have gone to court in other states, including New York and Illinois, following similar actions by state attorneys general.

Boston-based DraftKings responded by calling Paxton's prediction about how a court might rule wrong and said it will continue operating in Texas.

WASHINGTON (AP) – A lawyer for Washington Redskins receiver Pierre Garcon said the player has voluntarily dropped his lawsuit against daily fantasy sports website FanDuel after settling out of court.

The lawyer, Brian Murphy, said Garcon and FanDuel ''resolved the matter on confidential terms.''

Garcon filed suit in October in federal court in Maryland, where the Redskins play home games, accusing FanDuel of using his name and likeness in TV ads and on its website without his consent.

A spokesperson for FanDuel, which has a marketing partnership with the Redskins, declined comment Tuesday.

The daily fantasy industry attracted additional scrutiny in recent months after a multimillion-dollar advertising blitz at the start of the NFL season.

LONDON (AP) – Triple Crown-winning Horse of the Year American Pharoah was chosen the World's Best Racehorse by the International Federation of Horseracing Authorities.

The award is the latest for the champion colt who swept the Kentucky Derby, Preakness and Belmont Stakes before capping his career with a victory in the Breeders' Cup Classic.

Golden Horn finished second. The England-based colt won the Epsom Derby, the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe and finished second to Found in the Breeders' Cup Turf.

The award is determined by performance-based rankings from international handicappers.

The Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe was chosen World's Best Horse Race by the IFHA. The awards are presented by Longines.

The colt is retired and standing at Ashford Stud in Versailles, Kentucky.


AUSTIN, Texas (AP) – The chief executive and president of Livestrong resigned after less than a year on the job, another blow to the cancer foundation that has struggled with sharp declines in donations and revenue since founder Lance Armstrong's performance-enhancing drug use scandal.

Chandini Portteus said she wanted to focus on her family. She was brought in to help rebuild Livestrong, but the foundation now finds itself with yet another leadership change as its once-global brand continues to shrink. Greg Lee, the chief financial officer for Livestrong for nearly 10 years, will serve as president.

Portteus did not respond to telephone and text messages seeking comment.

Livestrong had two straight years of sharp declines before Portteus took over in early 2015 at an annual salary of $350,000.