Here are a few things to know on Thursday:
1. Hawks win second-straight
The Atlanta Hawks have their first two-game win streak of the season with a 113-99 victory over the Washington Wizards on Wednesday night. Chris Vivlamore writes 10 observations from the win. The Hawks travel to play the Toronto Raptors for their next game Friday at 7:30 p.m.
2. Georgia Tech tops Coppin State
Georgia Tech men’s basketball defeated Coppin State 76-62 Wednesday night at McCamish Pavilion. Ken Sugiura writes his observations from the win.
3. Falcons won’t ignore Panthers’ passing attack
D. Orlando Ledbetter writes about the focus the Atlanta Falcons have on Sunday’s game against the Carolina Panthers and the team goal of securing a wild card spot in the playoffs with a win.
4. Mayfield sick, but recovering
Oklahoma quarterback Baker Mayfield was reported sick Wednesday and did not join the team at Disneyland, but Oklahoma coach Lincoln Riley said the Heisman winner will play in the Rose Bowl on Monday.
5. Jones held out of practice, Mack has calf injury
D. Orlando Ledbetter reports Atlanta Falcons wide receiver Julio Jones did not practice Wednesday and center Alex Mack was limited with a calf injury.