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Hall not giving Manning credit for late TD throw

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Hall not giving Manning credit for late TD throw

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) It seems every time the New York Giants post a big win, there is always someone ready to shoot it down.

Packers linebacker Clay Matthews said Green Bay handed the Giants a win in the NFC semifinal last season, and 49ers safety Donte Whitner bemoaned similar feelings after New York won in overtime in the NFC title game.

Add Redskins cornerback DeAngelo Hall to the Giants' deserve-no-credit list.

Hall on Wednesday said Washington made a horrible play in handing Eli Manning a game-winning 77-yard touchdown pass to Victor Cruz with 1:13 to play Sunday in a 27-23 victory.

Hall insisted Manning just threw the ball and downplayed his comments that he had learned something about the Redskins' defense earlier in the game. There was no rocket science involved. Hall sarcastically said if Manning picked up on what the Redskins were doing in the first half, it was surprising he waited so long to exploit it.

``I don't know how well he picked up on it, but he ultimately did because he made the play to beat us,'' Hall said. ``But I don't feel like he made that play. I feel like we gave him that play. That wasn't nothing he did, like: `Aw man, he saw this and saw the that.' We just had one guy set his feet, one guy not do this, and I could have thrown that ball and he could've scored.

``It wasn't something he was just a rocket science and he figured something out. We just played that as bad as possible.''

Washington safety Madieu Williams seemingly made the big mistake by coming in too much, allowing Cruz to run past him.

Through it all, Manning was amused by Hall's comment.

``I appreciate him giving it to me. Thank you,'' Manning said. ``I didn't think it took a rocket scientist to figure it out, either. We had a guy running open, and you hit him.''

Manning also wasn't bothered that the Giants were not credited with making the big play.

``If that's the way they want to put it in their heads, then that's fine,'' Manning said after his eighth fourth-quarter win in the past two seasons. ``The fact is, that was the coverage. If they messed up, that's what you've got to do as an offense. You've got to take advantage of it. If a team wants to give up some plays, or they don't want to play well on a certain day, it's our job to play better, make the plays, and take advantage of that opportunity.''

Cruz is used to opposing players taking shots at the defending Super Bowl champions.

``We just make plays to win the football game,'' he said. ``Whatever they say after they take the loss ... We have to go out there and run and catch the football and throw it.''

Cruz doesn't know why the Giants seemingly don't get respect.

``I don't know why it comes off that way, but it's definitely a little disrespectful. But you can't dwell on it,'' he said. ``They've got to come up with something. It can't be just out of the blue. So it is what it is. I just want to go out there and play football. That's what I love to do. Whoever doubts that, I could care less.''

Giants defensive end and captain Justin Tuck wondered aloud about why the Redskins would give New York a game-winning touchdown, noting that maybe Hall was trying to say the Washington defenders had some miscommunication.

Whatever, Tuck said. Either way, he hopes opposing teams continue their giving of gifts.

``I hope we have nine more giveaways this year and then three to four more giveaways, I will be a happy man with that,'' Tuck said. ``So for all you guys out there listening, if you play us, if you feel like you want to give us something, I will take some sacks, I am sure Eli will take more 70-yard touchdown passes, (and) Coach Coughlin will take a couple more wins.''

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AP Sports Writer Joseph White in Auburn, Va. contributed to this report.

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Wizards at Cavs: TV, live stream and radio info, things to watch

Wizards at Cavs: TV, live stream and radio info, things to watch

Bradley Beal, Otto Porter, Kelly Oubre, Jr. and the Washington Wizards battle LeBron James, George Hill, Larry Nance, Jr. and the Cleveland Cavaliers on Thursday night.

Here is all you need to know: TV, live stream and radio info, tip-off time, plus three things to watch:

WASHINGTON WIZARDS AT CLEVELAND CAVALIERS

Where: Quicken Loans Arena
Tip-off: 8 p.m.
TV: TNT (pre- and postgame coverage on NBC Sports Washington Plus)
Live stream: TNTdrama.com
Radio: 1500 AM

Back in action

The Wizards return to the court after a week-long layoff due to the All-Star break. Add in the fact that they had three days off before their last game and this will be just the second game for the Wizards in the last 12 days. What is this, football?

The Wizards will try to overcome the rust to keep their momentum going. They entered the All-Star break having won seven of their last nine games. Though the time off was needed due to a wide array of injuries, the Wizards had a good thing going and will aim to recapture that against a good Cavs team.

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Tough stretch

The Wizards come back with a game against the Cavs, a difficult first assignment after such a long layoff. But this is just the beginning of what will be a very difficult part of their schedule. In their next 17 games, the Wizards will play 15 times against teams currently holding playoff spots. That includes the Warriors, Celtics, Spurs and Raptors.

The schedule is tough beyond their opponents. Four times in the next three weeks they will play back-to-back games and they have five games in the next seven nights. Hopefully the players recharged their batteries because it won't be easy.

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New-look Cavs

The Wizards and Cavs have played twice this season already and Cleveland took both of those matchups. However, that was all before the trade deadline when the Cavs overhauled their roster. They have won all three of their games since and look rejuvenated with younger players.

Now surrounding LeBron James are a host of new faces like George HIll, Rodney Hood, Jordan Clarkson and Larry Nance, Jr. It will be interesting to see how the Wizards match up with this new group.

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Bradley Beal thoroughly impressed by LeBron James after being his teammate at All-Star Game

Bradley Beal thoroughly impressed by LeBron James after being his teammate at All-Star Game

As a member of the Washington Wizards, Bradley Beal has had many battles with LeBron James over the years, first with the Miami Heat and now with the Cleveland Cavaliers. Over the weekend, Beal got to experience having James as a teammate for the first time at the All-Star Game in Los Angeles.

It was an eye-opening endeavor. Beal got to see up close and personal James' abilities and his routine to maximize them. In a group of the best players on the planet, James stood out.

"It was surreal at first, just being around all the guys," Beal said. "Even just being on his team for two days, that was an unbelievable experience."

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Beal, 24, is six seasons in to his NBA career and from experience has learned how to train for the rigors of an 82-game regular season. What James does at 33 years old to stay in peak form, however, is next level.

"To see his preparation, his focus and his mentality and what he does to take care of his body before and after games," Beal said. "That's the true testament to a Hall of Famer and one of the best to ever play the game."

James actually assisted Beal's first points in the All-Star Game, a two-handed dunk in the first quarter. James attacked the rim on a fastbreak to draw attention, then found Beal with a dump-off pass for an easy bucket.

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It was an example of James' tricks of the trade. He is not just the most athletic player on the court, he is also the smartest when it comes to the game of basketball.

"His approach and his leadership and everything, it's top notch. It's crazy because you always play against him and to play with him, you get experience the other side of it," Beal said.

Beal, however, did note that much of what he gleaned from James was by watching him. At the end of the day, they are competitors and James isn't going to give away all of his secrets.

"He's not disclosing that information," Beal joked.

The Wizards happen to play James and the Cavs in their first game back from the All-Star break on Thursday night. Once again, Beal will be on the other side. 

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