Texans, Pokes cancel their preseason finale
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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