Tex­ans, Pokes can­cel their pre­sea­son fi­nale

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The Houston Tex­ans headed home to their flood­rav­aged city af­ter their fi­nal pre­sea­son game against the Dal­las Cow­boys was can­celed Wed­nes­day.

The game had been moved from Houston to the Cow­boys’ home in Ar­ling­ton, Texas, be­cause of wide­spread flood­ing in the wake of Hur­ri­cane Har­vey. The de­ci­sion to can­cel the game Thurs­day was an­nounced when the Tex­ans said lo­cal au­thor­i­ties had found a safe route for them to drive home.

‘‘ At this time, the pri­or­ity of our or­ga­ni­za­tion is get­ting our play­ers, coaches and staff back home to be re­united with their fam­i­lies, many of whom have been evac­u­ated from their homes and are cur­rently shel­tered,’’ the Tex­ans said in a state­ment. ‘‘ The team feels it is im­per­a­tive to get back home to help the Houston com­mu­nity re­cover from the devastation of Hur­ri­cane Har­vey.’’

Cincin­nati Ben­gals line­backer Von­taze Bur­fict had his sus­pen­sion cut from five games to three for his hit on Kansas City Chiefs run­ning back An­thony Sher­man dur­ing a pre­sea­son game. He will be el­i­gi­ble to re­turn Oct. 1.

The Cleve­land Browns ter­mi­nated the con­tract of two- time Pro Bowl cor­ner­back Joe Haden, who had been slowed by in­juries the last two sea­sons. Later in the day, he signed a three­year con­tract with the ri­val Pitts­burgh Steel­ers.

NBA Payne needs surgery again

Bulls point guard Cameron Payne will have a third surgery on his right foot in the last 14 months and will be out un­til late Novem­ber. The Bulls have un­til Oct. 31 to de­ter­mine whether they will pick up Payne’s nearly $ 3.3 mil­lion op­tion for the 2018- 19 sea­son.

ESPN re­ported the Bos­ton Celtics will in­clude a 2020 sec­ond- round pick to com­plete the trade in which they sent Isa­iah Thomas to the Cleve­land Cava­liers for Kyrie Irv­ing.

MIS­CEL­LA­NEOUS Venus ad­vances at Open

Ninth- seeded Venus Wil­liams, the old­est woman in the field at 37, ad­vanced to the third round of the U. S. Open with a 7- 5, 6- 4 vic­tory against Oceane Dodin in New York. On the men’s side, fourth- seeded Alexan­der Zverev was up­set by Borna Coric in four sets.

The Dal­las Wings clinched a WNBA play­off berth with a 99- 96 vic­tory against the Sky ( 12- 20) at All­state Arena.

Sun- Times wires

Venus Wil­liams re­turns a shot dur­ing her straight- set vic­tory at the U. S. Open.

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