Time is running out for Dempster, Cubs

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Time is running out for Dempster, Cubs

Less than 24 hours before the trade deadline, Ryan Dempster didnt expect a deal to go down on Monday. He was prepared to listen to whatever offer(s) the Cubs front office might bring to him before Tuesday at 3 p.m.

Dempster changed into his Cubs uniform and went out for batting practice at Wrigley Field, but knew all this could change at a moments notice.

I just take it hour by hour, Dempster said. It keeps me sane.

Dempster, who has 10-and-5 no-trade rights, didnt reject the Atlanta Braves last week so much as he punted on making a quick decision while Twitter-verse waited for an answer. His first choice would be to go to the Los Angeles Dodgers.

Even manager Dale Sveum admitted that he would be surprised if Dempster actually makes his next scheduled start for the Cubs on Tuesday night against the Pittsburgh Pirates.

There's just too many teams and he's too good a pitcher for people not to want him these last two months, Sveum said.

Dempster said it would be not at all awkward if he somehow wound up still on the team by 3:01 p.m. on Tuesday.

Its a great place to play, Dempster said. Ive said that over and over. Ive enjoyed every moment of playing here and Im proud to be a Chicago Cub.

Stay tuned.

In the Gym at EFT: Muscle activation

In the Gym at EFT: Muscle activation

In this week's edition of In the Gym at EFT, physical therapist Emily Sluis tackles muscle activation. 

Sluis enlists the help of Super Bowl XLIX Champion Darius Fleming to demonstrate dynamic stretches that get an athlete ready to compete. 

Check out key techniques in the video above, and be on the lookout for the next edition of In the Gym at EFT.

Morning Update: Bulls win first meeting with Cavs; LeBron pays off Cubs-Indians bet

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Morning Update: Bulls win first meeting with Cavs; LeBron pays off Cubs-Indians bet

Here are some of Friday's top stories in Chicago sports:

Saturday on CSN: Bradley vs. Nevada; Illinois State vs. New Mexico

Dwyane Wade, Bulls take first blood with LeBron James, Cavs

Bears-49ers: And the winner is?

Jonathan Toews practices but won’t play vs. Flyers

For Cubs, winter meetings will be all about the hunt for pitching 

White Sox reportedly asking for No. 1 prospect plus more in trade return for Chris Sale

'Quarterback' Rajon Rondo executes Bulls' game plan, logs first triple-double of the year

White Sox agree to one-year deals with Brett Lawrie, Avisail Garcia

LeBron James pays off bet, rocks Cubs uniform to the United Center

High School Lites basketball roundup: Week 1