- Associated Press - Monday, August 28, 2017

HURRICANE HARVEY

HOUSTON (AP) - The Houston Astros and Texas Rangers didn’t travel to Houston as planned after their games Sunday in California because of torrential floodwaters that have engulfed the city in the wake of Hurricane Harvey.

The Rangers had been scheduled to head to Houston after playing Oakland to await the start of a three-game series with the Astros beginning Tuesday. Instead, they’ll return to Dallas to await word on its status. The Astros are in Anaheim and also will fly to Dallas while a decision is made on when and where the series will be played.

While Houston manager A.J. Hinch knows there is interest in when and where the Astros will play, he was quick to point out that they’re far more worried about what the storm has done to Houston than anything related to baseball.

The Rangers and Astros were just the latest teams to change their travel plans because of the storm, which settled over the Texas coastline Saturday before sending devastating floods pouring into the nation’s fourth-largest city.

The NFL’s Texans flew to Dallas after their preseason game Saturday in New Orleans instead of returning home and have said they’ll stay there until conditions improve enough for them to come back to Houston. The storm also raised questions about whether the AdvoCare Texas Kickoff game between LSU and BYU can be played Saturday night at NRG Stadium.

PRO BASKETBALL

CLEVELAND (AP) - Just when it appeared the Cavaliers’ chaotic summer had calmed, there’s a flare-up.

That blockbuster deal between Cleveland and Boston is stuck.

The Cavaliers have some concerns about guard Isaiah Thomas’ health and are doing a “deep and thorough” review of the deal that brought him over from the Celtics, two people with knowledge of the situation told The Associated Press on Saturday.

On Tuesday, the Cavaliers rocked the NBA by honoring All-Star guard Kyrie Irving’s trade request and dealing him to the Celtics - one of their biggest rivals - for Thomas and a lucrative package that included an unprotected 2018 first-round draft pick.

The two people said the trade has not been completed and the Cavs are continuing to do a medical evaluation on Thomas, who injured his right hip last season and had to drop out of the Eastern Conference finals against Cleveland. They spoke to the AP on condition of anonymity because the team is not publicly discussing its plans.

According to the NBA’s collective bargaining agreement, a trade can be voided if a player fails his physical.

PRO FOOTBALL

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - San Francisco 49ers strong safety Eric Reid has resumed his kneeling protest for human rights during the national anthem, after joining then-teammate Colin Kaepernick’s polarizing demonstration last season.

Reid knelt while the Star Spangled Banner was played at U.S. Bank Stadium in Minnesota on Sunday night, when the 49ers took on the Vikings in an exhibition. Reed stood for the anthem during the team’s first two preseason games. He initially said he’d stopped because of frustration last year about the way the protest was portrayed and perceived by some factions of the public.

The change of heart, Reid said after the 32-31 victory by the Vikings, came after a white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, on Aug. 12 resulted in the death of one counter-protester and injuries to many more.

“We’ve got to keep talking about the issues that are happening in this country,” Reid said. “That’s the only way things will change, if we keep shedding light on these topics. Our plan is to continue to do that.”

TENNIS

NEW YORK (AP) - His voice choking, Andy Murray unexpectedly announced that he was withdrawing from the U.S. Open because of a hip injury, adding to the lengthy list of top players who will miss the year’s last Grand Slam tournament.

Murray was seeded No. 2 at Flushing Meadows, where play begins Monday. Murray, who yielded the No. 1 ranking to Rafael Nadal this week, has not played a match since July 12 at Wimbledon, where he was the defending champion and clearly was hampered by his hip during a five-set quarterfinal loss to Sam Querrey.

The 30-year-old from Britain revealed during a news conference at the U.S. Open site that the hip first bothered him during his semifinal loss to Stan Wawrinka at the French Open in June.

Murray said he will decide in the “next couple of days” whether to end his season because of the injury.

Murray’s exit from the U.S. Open further depletes an event that already was missing three of last year’s four men’s semifinalists, including 2016 champion Wawrinka, runner-up Novak Djokovic and Kei Nishikori.

Add in 2016 Wimbledon runner-up Milos Raonic, who has a problem with his left wrist, and Murray, and now five of the top 11 men in this week’s ATP rankings will be absent.

SOFTBALL

AUBURN, Ala. (AP) - A former Auburn softball player has filed a Title IX sexual discrimination complaint alleging sexual harassment by the coaching staff.

ESPN.com reports that Alexa Nemeth filed the complaint May 31, four days after the Tigers’ season ended. The report cited a 14-page letter from Milwaukee attorney Martin Greenberg sent in July to university President Steven Leath, Auburn athletic director Jay Jacobs and Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey.

Nemeth’s complaint says then-Auburn coach Clint Myers “knowingly let his son Corey Myers have relations and pursue relations with multiple members of the team.”

Clint Myers announced his retirement Wednesday. Corey Myers resigned as an assistant coach in March.

In a statement, Auburn says it doesn’t publicly discuss personnel matters but that it followed appropriate NCAA and Southeastern Conference regulations regarding the softball program.

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