Remove link from featured images of the slider

Hi everyone,
is it possible to remove the link from the featured images of the 'sparkling default slider2 ? I’d like to have them neutral, they should be without a link.
…And if is it possible to know how to remove the space “pixel” that automatically shows on the top of a page, thanks. (look in attachment for this problem)

To remove link from slider images for Sparkling theme you can follow this thread for more information.

Thank you!