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As Falcons near, Giants' Amukamara misses practice

As Falcons near, Giants' Amukamara misses practice

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) Giants starting right cornerback Prince Amukamara missed practice Thursday with a strained hamstring and could miss New York's game at Atlanta Sunday.

Amukamara, who has played in 10 straight games and suffered his injury in the fourth quarter against New Orleans last Sunday, has battled back problems and a broken toe since his rookie season last year.

``I was trying to stay on a streak, but I couldn't do it,'' Amukamara said, adding the injury did not feel like a complete tear.

Still, he anticipates a decision on his availability will be made well before kickoff.

``I don't know the plan,'' he said. ``I'm preparing with film as if I'm going to go. So, if I do go back, I know what to do.''

Running back Ahmad Bradshaw (knee) and safety Kenny Phillips (knee) also missed practice. Coach Tom Coughlin continued to maintain that the medical staff will determine whether Bradshaw will be available for the Giants (8-5) vs. the Falcons (11-2).

``He'll tell you he can go anytime,'' Coughlin said of Bradshaw. ``It's between the medical people and Ahmad in terms of how he feels.''

Bradshaw has battled through foot problems much of his career, but Coughlin warned that this injury is much different.

``You have a little different aspect of it,'' Coughlin said. ``You have the knee, and you have a foot as well.''

Coughlin sounded frustrated with Phillips' aggravation after missing the New Orleans game. Phillips, who has a right knee sprain, returned vs. Washington the week before, but suffered a setback during the loss.

``I really don't know what to comment about that,'' Coughlin said. ``He was back, then he had a setback. Now he's working his way back again. The nature of the injury is such.''

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VCU loses fourth consecutive game to St. Louis

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VCU loses fourth consecutive game to St. Louis

ST. LOUIS -- Javonte Perkins had 25 points as Saint Louis topped VCU 80-62 on Friday night.

Hasahn French had 18 points for Saint Louis (19-8, 8-6 Atlantic 10 Conference). Terrence Hargrove Jr. added 11 points. Jordan Goodwin had 10 points.

Marcus Santos-Silva had 11 points for the Rams (17-10, 7-7), who have now lost four consecutive games. De'Riante Jenkins added 10 points.

Saint Louis plays Saint Joseph's at home on Wednesday. VCU faces UMass on the road on Wednesday.

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Tristan Thompson calls Bradley Beal one of the best shooting guards in the league

Tristan Thompson calls Bradley Beal one of the best shooting guards in the league

Cavaliers center Tristan Thompson spoke with reporters after the team's victory over the Wizards Friday night, praising Bradley Beal, who was snubbed from All-Star consideration this season despite averaging nearly 30 points-per-game.

The Cavaliers held the Wizards to just 21 points in the fourth quarter, and Thompson said their main focus was neutralizing Beal.

"The Wizards are really good offensively when they are making their runs," Thompson said postgame. "Bradley Beal is an All-Star in our league. One of the top-three two-guards in our league right now, so we were just trying to make it tough for him."

Beal finished the night with 26 points, but struggled from the floor. Beal shot 9-for-28 from the floor and the Cavaliers' stingy defense was clearly a factor.

Beal and the Wizards will have a chance to get back on track on Sunday night at Capital One Arena when they host the Chicago Bulls for the final time this season.

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