Browns, WR Bryant still talking contract

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CLEVELAND (AP) Dez Bryant and the Browns are in a holding pattern.

The free agent wide receiver concluded his visit with Cleveland on Friday without agreeing to a contract, but "conversations continue" between the sides, a person familiar with negotiations told The Associated Press. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the talks.

A three-time Pro Bowler during eight seasons with the Dallas Cowboys, Bryant and agent Kim Maile met with Browns officials at team headquarters Thursday. The discussions carried over to a second day, ending with a promise to stay in touch.

Nats' Scherzer seeks MLB-best 16th win

MIAMI -- The Washington Nationals woke up Thursday with a losing record, nine games off the lead in a division they were supposed to dominate.

Washington (61-61), which sits third in the National League East, visits the last-place Miami Marlins (48-75) on Friday. The Nationals lost four games in a row before a win Thursday, while Miami has dropped five straight. (MORE)

Nola, Syndergaard square off in Philly

Two of baseball's best young pitchers will square off Friday night in Philadelphia.

Aaron Nola (13-3, 2.28 ERA) and Noah Syndergaard (8-2, 3.22) will face each other in a marquee pitching matchup as the Philadelphia Phillies and the New York Mets meet for the third time in two days at Citizens Bank Park. (MORE)

Man City's De Bruyne to miss 3 months

MANCHESTER, England (AP) Manchester City playmaker Kevin De Bruyne was ruled out for about three months on Friday with a knee injury, dealing the Premier League champions an early setback for the new season.

De Bruyne injured a ligament in his right knee during a training session on Wednesday but does not require surgery, City said. (MORE)

Tribe, Carrasco look to extend run to 6

CLEVELAND -- Two teams that are a study in contrasts will meet Friday night at Progressive Field to open a three-game series: The Cleveland Indians, who have the biggest lead in any division in the majors, will face the Baltimore Orioles, who are the farthest out of first place of any last-place team in the big leagues.

Cleveland (69-51) leads the AL Central by 12 1/2 games over second-place Minnesota. Baltimore (36-85) is 49 1/2 games behind AL East-leading Boston. (MORE)

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