The Phillies are not expected to trade Cole Hamels by the trade deadline.
Phillies GM Ruben Amaro Jr. acknowledged that while a player like Jonathan Papelbon could be dealt, Hamels is one of the guys that he views as someone who can help transition a new era for the Phillies. He doesn't want to just dump everyone and be really bad for five years, so holding players like Hamels and even Chase Utley allow him to do that. We'll see what happens though when some firm offers start coming his way.ANALYST: Howard Bender
Peyton Manning alleged sexual assault from 1996 has been cited in a lawsuit against University of Tennessee.
Everyone out there seems to think this is a new thing that was never known. The incident in question has been known since, well since it happened in 1996. It was said that Manning forcefully put his testicles on an athletic trainers face. As the career of Peyton Manning wines down things start to pop-up again. If this is something that was handled incorrectly, by all means something should have been done about it, but why now? This could almost force Manning into retirement even if he decided he wanted to come back for one more year. Analysis: Mike Cahill
Dallas Keuchel has talked about an extension with the Astros this offseason.
After getting a record for a one-year, first-time arbitration eligible player at $7.25 million, it will be interesting to see where the two sides are at in discussions. The Astros could want to offer him a substantial, but team-friendly deal in case he has another season like 2015. On the other hand, Dallas Keuchel could want to bet on himself if it's not at the rate of the top pitchers in the league. Keuchel won the AL Cy Young award, Gold Glove award, led the AL in wins, was an All-Star, and the won the Warren Spahn Award which is given to the best left-handed pitcher in MLB in 2015. He was also second in the AL with a 2.48 ERA and fourth in the whole league in strikeouts with 216. Unless he completely falls off, Keuchel will get a beautiful looking contract and he will be a top choice in fantasy-land among pitchers. Analysis: Mike Cahill
Rajon Rondo still considers himself an elite point guard.
Rajon Rondo is a great facilitator, averaging 11.9 assists per-game this season. With DeMarcus Cousins doing most of the scoring, Rondo is doing what he should be doing in this system. Rondo seems to find himself in more controversial headlines than he does talks about elite point guard status these days, but he is a solid all-around player. It would be more worrisome if he didn't think of himself in that light, but usually when you have to re-iterate your elite status, you are not elite. Analysis: Mike Cahill
Manu Ginobili is resting up after undergoing surgery and is unsure on when he'll be able to get back on the court.
What was the surgery you ask? Manu Ginobili underwent testicular surgery after after taking a knee from Ryan Anderson in the closing minutes of Wednesday's game. The fact that the knee caused him to get surgery is a scary thought, and we all feel for him. The Spurs are rolling which could cause them to keep Ginobili out to be cautious for the play-offs. Danny Green's numbers should continue to rise during the absence of Manu Ginobili. Depending on how long the surgery sidelines him, Ginobili is potentially on the chopping block, no pun intended. Players to watch in this situation are Jonathan Simmons, Patty Mills and Kyle Anderson, with Simmons and Mills playing well. Mills has stepped up when Tony Parker was out and he could do it again when called upon. Analysis: Mike Cahill