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Another step: Dempster getting closer to return


Another step: Dempster getting closer to return

ATLANTA Ryan Dempster felt good enough that he didnt want to rule out pitching on this road trip, even if its hard to take that too seriously.

Manager Dale Sveum pretty much dismissed the idea, but it does speak to Dempsters state of mind.

For the first time in more than two weeks, Dempster threw off a mound and passed Mondays test at Turner Field. Now the focus will be on how his sore right lat muscle responds in the morning.

Anythings possible, Dempster said after that 40-pitch bullpen session, but at the same time Im not going to try and rush something. Im just going to make sure its ready to go. I dont want to go out there and put us as a team at a disadvantage by not being ready to throw 90, 95, 100 pitches140.

Dempster was in a good mood, looking forward to another bullpen session on Wednesday and doubting that he would need to make a rehab start at a minor-league affiliate.

Sveum is targeting Dempsters return for the first series after the All-Star break (July 13-15). That start against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Wrigley Field would figure to be a showcase for the 35-year-old Dempster, who has no-trade rights and is positioned to become a free agent at seasons end.

Dempster, who has a 2.11 ERA through 12 starts, needs to prove hes healthy first, but he could be a difference-maker for a contender. He went on the disabled list on June 18 with a scoreless-innings streak that had reached 22 innings.

Can you pick up where you left off?

Yeah, I hope so, Dempster said. Obviously, going out there and not giving up runs every time is kind of unrealistic. But at the same time, I feel good about executing my pitches and thats all I can worry about. For as bad as I felt, I feel really good right now.

High School Lites Football Roundup Week 9

High School Lites Football Roundup Week 9

High School Lites is back with an exciting Week 9 full of thrilling matchups. NBC Sports Chicago has the highlights of some of the top matchups from Friday's games.

Be sure to follow us on Twitter @NBCSPREPS for all of the latest IHSA football scores and highlights.

DRIVE: Batavia (episode 9)

TEAM OF THE WEEK: Oak Forest football

VIEWERS' CHOICE GAMES OF THE WEEK: Fremd runs past Schaumburg

WINTRUST ATHLETE OF THE WEEK: Notre Dame running back Ty Gavin


(1) Lincoln-Way East 31, (16) Bolingbrook 0

(2) Batavia 24, Wheaton North 13

(3) Brother Rice 31, (17) Montini 0

(4) Marist 24, Benet 7

(6) Homewood-Flossmoor 56, Sandburg 0

(7) Cary-Grove 55, (15) Naperville Central 41

(9) Nazareth Academy 42, Marian Catholic 6

(10) Maine South 48, Niles West 6

(11) Oswego 22, Plainfield South 15

(12) Richards 41, Eisenhower 6

(13) Phillips 41, Raby 0

(14) Willowbrook 42, Downers South 20

(18) Oak Park-River Forest 48, Lyons 0

(19) Warren 43, Mundelein 7

(20) Glenbard West 35, Proviso West 6

(21) Hillcrest 43, Bremen 6

Joliet Catholic 33, (22) Notre Dame 17

(23) Hinsdale Central 21, Hinsdale South 12

(24) Rolling Meadows 34, Buffalo Grove 7

Wheaton Warrenville South 13, (25) St. Charles North 11


Payton 43, Kenwood 42

Coal City 43, Lisle 14

Huntley 55, Dundee-Crown 12

Perspectives 32, Solorio 16


Fenwick vs. (5) Mount Carmel 

(8) Simeon vs. Curie

SportsTalk Live Podcast: Can the Bears pull off an upset at home against Tom Brady and the Patriots?


SportsTalk Live Podcast: Can the Bears pull off an upset at home against Tom Brady and the Patriots?

Chris Emma, Matt Zahn and Gabe Ramirez join David Kaplan on the panel.

0:00- NBC Sports National NBA Insider Tom Haberstroh joins the panel to discuss the Bulls’ terrible defensive performance as well as Zach LaVine’s impressive season debut.

11:35- Khalil Mack is listed as questionable for Sunday’s game against the Patriots. Can the Bears pull off the upset against Tom Brady?

23:50- NBC Sports Boston Patriots insider Tom E. Curran joins Kap to talk about how New England views the Bears and discuss how Matt Nagy’s team can exploit the Patriots’ weaknesses.

Listen to the full episode at this link or in the embedded player below.