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For now, Dempster sticking with Cubs

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For now, Dempster sticking with Cubs

PITTSBURGH The Cubs appeared to put out the media firestorm, but that doesnt mean Ryan Dempster wont be traded at some point.

Dempster still seemed to be processing all the rumors when he showed up at PNC Park on Monday afternoon. He joked that if its on the Internet, it must be true, but otherwise declined to discuss a potential deal with the Atlanta Braves. He said he had to get ready for his next start and went through his normal workouts.

Manager Dale Sveum found out when he was coming off the field from early batting practice before Monday nights game against the Pittsburgh Pirates. He called the higher-ups in the front office and was told nothings happening.

More than once, assistant general manager Randy Bush said: There is nothing to report. Word first leaked out of Atlantas MLB.com site, and then multiple outlets jumped on the bandwagon, confirming a done deal.

"The Twitter, the Facebook, the things that get produced and published that aren't true is just off the charts, Sveum said, because theres so many media avenues for that. Unfortunately, its gonna happen and its not gonna go away."

The same holds true for Matt Garza, who is still pushing to make his next start after experiencing cramps in his right triceps. Garza and Paul Maholm have been mentioned frequently in trade speculation, which could gut the Cubs rotation. Sveum set impossible odds that the Cubs would trade Dempster, Garza and Maholm before the July 31 deadline.

With 10-and-5 no-trade rights, Dempster holds the hammer and can decide where he wants to pitch. Stay tuned.

Hawks Talk Podcast: Thoughts on Corey Crawford's season debut

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Hawks Talk Podcast: Thoughts on Corey Crawford's season debut

In the latest Hawks Talk Podcast, Pat Boyle, Jamal Mayers and Charlie Roumeliotis recap Corey Crawford’s season debut after missing nearly 10 months with a concussion.

Mayers talks about the Kitty system that Niklas Hjalmarsson and Vinnie Hinostroza probably dealt with in their returns to Chicago.

The guys also discuss what’s next for Crawford, the upcoming matchup against Artemi Panarin and the Columbus Blue Jackets, and the Blackhawks’ biggest areas for improvement.

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The Daily Line Podcast: How will Khalil Mack's injury affect the Bears-Pats spread?

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The Daily Line Podcast: How will Khalil Mack's injury affect the Bears-Pats spread?

On this week’s Daily Line podcast, VSIN’s Sam Panayotovich joins Ryan McGuffey and Paul Aspan to take us inside the scene in Vegas as last week’s Bears-Dolphins line jumped from Bears -3.5 to Bears -7 on the news that Brock Osweiler would replace Ryan Tannehill (3:00). We look ahead to the Patriots (-2.5) at the Bears, discuss what kind of impact Khalil Mack’s injury could have on this week’s spread (6:30) and Sam gives us his best bets of the week (7:30). Joe Ostrowski of the Early Odds podcast also joins the show to discuss the how to get the best of the number (14:00) and whether home underdogs will stay hot. Plus, the guys make their picks for week 7 (18:00) and a quick thought on the Bulls over under. (32:00)

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