Here are a few things to know on Friday:
1. Hawks to play Rockets
After losing seven-straight games, the Atlanta Hawks return home to host the Houston Rockets on Friday at 7:30 p.m. Michael Cunningham writes about the Hawks' struggle behind the 3-point line.
2. Okogie, Jackson benched for team rules violations
Gerogia Tech basketball players Josh Okogie and Tadric Jackson will not play for an undetermined about of time due to NCAA violations. Details on the AJC.com.
3. Texans' Deshaun Watson out for the year
Several reports on Thursday said Houston Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson tore his ACL in practice on Thursday and is out for the season. Watson is the former quarterback of Gainesville High School. More on the AJC.com.
4. Blakeley to meet with MLB officials again
Former Atlanta Braves special assistant and international scouting Gordon Blakeley is scheduled to meet with MLB officials once again next week in New York. Full report on the AJC.com.
5. Jones knows Panthers have a plan for him
D. Orlando Ledbetter reports what Julio Jones had to say to media on Thursday about his matchup with the Carolina Panthers' defense on Sunday.