Arrests, security measures ramp up in Atlanta...IOC delegation checks out Beijing’s Olympic preparations
ATLANTA (AP) — Authorities say 33 people have been arrested in Atlanta on sex trafficking charges ahead of the Super Bowl. Homeland Security Investigations Agent Nick Annan tells The Atlanta Journal-Constitution that the arrests happened this week, but declined to discuss case specifics due to ongoing investigations. Advocates for sex trafficking victims say sex traffickers are attracted to large sporting events, such as this Sunday’s game between the Los Angeles Rams and New England Patriots.
ATLANTA (AP) — Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen (KEER’-sten) Nielsen says more than 600 employees from her agency will be working to keep the Super Bowl secure. Members of the Coast Guard also will be on the ground and joining local and state police and other agencies. Police are patrolling Atlanta’s streets on horseback, bicycles and on foot. Low-flying helicopters equipped with radiation-sensing technology are being deployed, and air space in the area of Mercedes-Benz Stadium will be restricted.
BEIJING (AP) — Chinese President Xi Jinping (shee jihn-peeng) says his country is well on track to deliver a “spectacular” 2022 Winter Olympics. Xi also told IOC President Thomas Bach in Beijing today that China’s government is firmly committed to a “green, inclusive, open, and corruption-free approach.” Bach said his delegation was impressed with their visits to the Olympic venues, winter sports training grounds, and the winter ice festival in the northeastern city of Harbin.
EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan State guard Joshua Langford will miss the rest of the season because of his injured ankle. Spartans coach Tom Izzo says the junior will likely need surgery for a stress injury. Langford has missed the last eight games. No. 6 Michigan State had its 13-game winning streak snapped with a loss at Purdue on Sunday.
NEW YORK (AP) — A former Oklahoma State assistant basketball coach has pleaded guilty to taking bribes from business advisers to steer them to star college athletes expected to turn pro. Lamont Evans entered the plea yesterday in New York federal court. His attorney says Evans admitted receiving $22,000 to steer the players at the University of South Carolina and Oklahoma State University to certain financial advisers and business managers. He also agreed to forfeit the bribe money he received from two financial advisers as part of the deal. He’ll be sentenced in May.