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LA Galaxy extend Keane's deal, lock up Juninho

LA Galaxy extend Keane's deal, lock up Juninho

CARSON, Calif. (AP) The Los Angeles Galaxy announced a multiyear contract extension for forward Robbie Keane on Wednesday, extending the Irish national team captain's stay with the two-time Major League Soccer champions.

The Galaxy also signed midfielder Juninho to a multiyear deal after three seasons on loan from Brazilian club Sao Paulo.

Los Angeles didn't announce the length of Keane's deal, but Keane told Sky Sports earlier this month that he agreed to a two-year extension.

Keane has been a dominant striker in MLS since leaving Tottenham Hotspur for the Galaxy in August 2011. He scored 18 goals in 32 regular-season games last year and added six more goals in the playoffs, leading Los Angeles to its second straight MLS Cup victory while scoring in each of its final four games.

Keane was named the Galaxy's MVP last season after scoring 23 goals in all competitions, including a penalty kick in stoppage time during the MLS Cup. He was named to MLS' Best XI for the first time.

With David Beckham leaving the Galaxy and Landon Donovan contemplating a sabbatical from soccer, Keane's return is vital to the Galaxy's hopes of a third title. The Galaxy haven't filled the designated player slot vacated by Beckham's return to England, but are reportedly still considering Chelsea midfielder Frank Lampard, who is having a resurgent season at Stamford Bridge.

Juninho has 13 goals and eight assists in 87 regular-season games since joining the Galaxy before the 2010 season. He was an MLS All-Star in 2011, and he played in all six postseason games last fall during Los Angeles' championship run.

The Galaxy open training camp on Jan. 21, with the season opener set for March 3.

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Trae Young joins Kobe Bryant in historic feat against Wizards

Trae Young joins Kobe Bryant in historic feat against Wizards

Following the passing of NBA legend Kobe Bryant on Sunday, emotions were high. 

Many current and former players paid tribute to Bryant, including Atlanta Hawks point guard Trae Young, who dominated in the Hawks 152-133 win over the Wizards. 

He ended the night with a spectacular performance of 45 points, with 14 assists, making 13-of-24 FGs and 13-of-16 free throws as well as six 3-pointers, six rebounds and one assist. 

Young is the first player to have a 45-point double-double with under 25 field goal attempts against the Washington Wizards, since Kobe Bryant on December 17, 2006.

In honor of his mentor and favorite NBA player, Young wore a No. 8 jersey and took an 8-second-violation after the opening tip. 

He even wore his shoes with a tribute to Bryant as well. 

Young was able to channel his emotions into the game, leaving everything on the floor.

In an emotional night, Young was able to keep himself composed leading the Hawks past the Wizards. 

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Isaiah Thomas: NBA should have canceled games after Kobe Bryant's death

Isaiah Thomas: NBA should have canceled games after Kobe Bryant's death

The news of Kobe Bryant's death shook the sports world to its core, and while there were NBA games scheduled throughout Sunday, some felt the league should have canceled the games in light of the tragic news. 

Isaiah Thomas was one of them. 

"It's hard to even talk about it," Thomas said. "The NBA should have just canceled all the games because that put a dent in everybody's life that he's touched."

Thomas looked up to Bryant, admired him from afar and found his love for the game of basketball because of Bryant's greatness. Spending 20 years as a Laker, Bryant won five championships, an MVP and two Finals MVP awards to go along with 15 All-NBA selections and 18 trips to the All-Star game. 

For Thomas, his relationship with Bryant started to grow when he broke out as an All-Star in Boston. When Thomas suffered the tragic loss of his sister, they grew closer. After his hip injury that cost Thomas over a year of his career, Bryant supported him throughout. 

"I started basketball because of Kobe Bryant," he said. "2017, I lose my sister, 2019 I lose one of my best friends in Nipsey Hussle, and then to lose a mentor of mine, like, that's bigger than basketball, that [expletive] hurts.

"He was one of the people that was there for me and in my corner," he said. "And then I got injured, he was one of those guys that was there for me the whole time, helping me through mentally."

The NBA had a difficult decision to make on whether or not to cancel games since there were two games already in progress.

But before, during and after the game, everyone's thoughts were with Bryant and his family and not on a basketball game. Because as Thomas said, it's bigger than basketball. 

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