Sportshorts for Wednesday, Feb. 5, 2014

NFL

Prostitution bust nets big results

Forty-five people were arrested, and 16 juveniles were rescued in a 2-week crackdown on prostitution
in the New York-New Jersey area leading up to last Sunday’s Super Bowl, Federal Bureau of Investigation officials said on Tuesday.

The FBI said some of those arrested claimed they traveled to the site because of the high-profile football game, which drew an estimated 400,000 visitors to the region. The minors rescued ranged in age from 13 to 17, and included high school students and children reported missing by their families.

Sherman: Peyton gave away plays

Seattle Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman boasted this week that the defense knew which plays the Denver Broncos would run before they happened in Super Bowl XLVIII.

Sherman told mmqb.com that the defense figured out Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning’s hand signals during the Seahawks’ 43-8 victory on Sunday.

“We knew what route concepts they liked on different downs, so we jumped all the routes. Then we figured out the hand signals for a few of the route audibles in the first half,” Sherman said. “If Peyton had thrown in some double moves, if he had gone out of character, we could’ve been exposed.”

MLB

Braves extend
Freeman, Heyward

The Atlanta Braves have agreed to an 8-year deal with first baseman Freddie Freeman that is worth about $125 million.

Earlier Tuesday, outfielder Jason Heyward and the Braves agreed to a $13.3 million, 2-year contract. Heyward and Freeman had filed for salary arbitration last month.

NASCAR

New penalty
system unveiled

NASCAR unveiled a revamped penalty system Tuesday that for the first time will define specific offenses with pre-determined penalties.

The new “Deterrence System” classifies six different levels of penalties, with fines and point deductions increasing as the infractions become more severe. The new system will be applied only to technical infractions; NASCAR will still handle behavioral
offenses individually.

OLYMPICS

Reporter told to avoid water

When Stacy St. Clair arrived in Sochi to cover the Winter Olympics for the Chicago Tribune, she probably wasn’t expecting to tweet this.

“My hotel has no water. If restored, the front desk says, “do not use on your face because it contains something very dangerous.” ‪#Sochi2014‬”