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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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Redskins sign linebacker Jon Bostic to try and help make up for the loss of Reuben Foster

Redskins sign linebacker Jon Bostic to try and help make up for the loss of Reuben Foster

Two days after losing Reuben Foster for the year, the Redskins made a move to at least provide reinforcements to a weakened linebacker group.

On Wednesday, Washington announced that they have signed Jon Bostic, a six-year veteran. The 'Skins also officially placed Foster on injured reserve.

Bostic was a 2013 second-round pick of the Bears out of Florida. He's since bounced around to New England, Detroit, Indianapolis, and Pittsburgh, where he started 14 times for the Steelers in 2018 and posted 73 tackles. He's been traded twice in his career and missed all of 2016 with a foot injury. 

So, what does the move accomplish for the Redskins?

Well, Bostic — or any other free agent signing at this point — isn't going to have close to the level of talent and potential that Foster had. However, getting another option at linebacker was necessary for the Burgundy and Gold, and the 28-year-old has played in 30 contests over the past two years, so he's relatively established. 

Yes, he's far from a gamechanger, considering he has just one interception and 5.5 sacks as a pro. But he's regarded as a solid run defender and tackler and should at least push Mason Foster and Shaun Dion Hamilton. His presence also could alleviate some of the pressure that would've been on rookie Cole Holcomb. 

Signing a defender who's been with five franchises in six years isn't exactly inspiring, but Bostic has experience as a starter and could give the Redskins useful snaps on first and second down at a minimum. Now it's on him to take advantage of the opportunity he's been given.

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Landon Collins is thrilled to be with the Redskins and can't wait to get revenge on the Giants

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Landon Collins is thrilled to be with the Redskins and can't wait to get revenge on the Giants

You may not know the exact dates of the Redskins' two matchups with the Giants this season, which will take place Sep. 29 and Dec. 22 in 2019. But Landon Collins sure does.

"I'm gonna circle it for the next six years," the 'Skins new safety told ESPN in a recent interview. 

No, Collins isn't circling those dates from now until 2024 because he wants to be very organized and ensure he doesn't have any scheduling conflicts. He's doing it because he's dying to get revenge on his former team, who let him leave as a free agent in part because of their "culture change," according to him.

"All we wanted to do was win, and we spoke up because we had to get them to listen to us," Collins told ESPN, referring to himself and other now ex-Giants like Odell Beckham and Damon Harrison. "I think we were too vocal, and that platform was bigger than the Giants... If it's not good media, they don't want that kind of media."

In addition to the organization wanting to go in a different direction culture-wise, New York didn't want to pay the amount of money the Redskins ended up paying for Collins because he wasn't an ideal fit in their defense. The 25-year-old pushes back against the idea that he's strictly a "box safety," though, as do current and former players.

Interestingly enough, Collins isn't the only member of the Redskins' secondary who's in D.C. thanks to a decision by Dave Gettleman. Gettleman was also the same guy who decided the Panthers needed to move on from Josh Norman in April 2016.

Collins, for one, doesn't sound like he'll miss Gettleman at all. The defender didn't love how the GM consistently failed to make an effort to connect personally with his players. 

"I don't know him, he don't know me, that's kind of how it just kind of was," he explained.

All that, however, doesn't matter anymore. Collins is going to be the foundation of the Redskins' defense for quite some time, and that's a challenge he's ready to accept.

"I'm on a team that loves me and wanted me here," he said.

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