Around the Nation (Dec. 6): Browns' DE Bryant has heart procedure

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FOOTBALL

Browns' Bryant has heart procedure

BEREA -- Browns defensive end Desmond Bryant has undergone a successful procedure to correct an irregular heartbeat.

Bryant's season ended with four games left because of a rapid heartbeat, a condition he has known about for several years and been treated for in the past. A Browns spokesman said Bryant had a cardiac ablation on Friday at the Cleveland Clinic. Bryant is expected to make a full recovery and resume his NFL career.

Bryant was one of Cleveland's biggest off-season acquisitions, signing a five-year, $34 million contract in March.

He finished with 31⁄2 sacks and 45 tackles in 12 games.

Texans fire head coach Gary Kubiak

HOUSTON -- The Houston Texans have fired coach Gary Kubiak.

The team announced the decision Friday, one day after the Texans lost their 11th straight game, 27-20 at Jacksonville. Houston (2-11) played miserably and was flagged 14 times for a franchise-record 177 yards.

The 52-year-old Kubiak was hired in 2006 and was working under a three-year contract that runs through 2014. An eighth-round pick out of Texas A&M, he spent nine years as John Elway's backup in Denver and has made his mark as an offensive guru and quarterbacks mentor.

He suffered a mini-stroke during a Nov. 3 game, but had returned to the team. The Texans said defensive coordinator Wade Phillips would serve as interim coach for the rest of the season.

BASEBALL

Report: Mariners sign Robinson Cano to $240M deal

SEATTLE -- The Seattle Mariners say that cannot confirm any details of a potential deal with free agent second baseman Robinson Cano.

The team said Friday morning they will announce if an agreement is "completed and finalized" with the Yankees star. The statement came in response to an ESPN report Friday morning that Cano and the Mariners had reached agreement on a $240 million, 10-year contract pending a physical.

Cano's reported deal would be one of the largest in baseball history.

Granderson, Mets OK $60M contract

NEW YORK -- A person familiar with the situation says free-agent outfielder Curtis Granderson and the New York Mets have agreed to a $60 million, four-year contract.

The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity Friday because the deal was pending a physical and no announcement had been made. The agreement was first reported by the New York Post.

BASKETBALL

Kobe expected to return Sunday

EL SEGUNDO, Calif. -- The Lakers expect to have Kobe Bryant back in their lineup when they face the Toronto Raptors on Sunday.

The team posted a dramatic video on its Facebook page Friday indicating Bryant will be back Dec. 8.

Bryant hasn't played this season while recovering from surgery in April on a torn Achilles tendon.

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