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Sveum: No Rizzo this weekend in Arizona


Sveum: No Rizzo this weekend in Arizona

By Jose M. Romero Contributor

PHOENIX The highly anticipated callup of Cubs top prospect Anthony Rizzo wont happen in the next few days, and not in Arizona, Cubs manager Dale Sveum said before Fridays game against the Diamondbacks at Chase Field.

Sveum wouldnt give any kind of timetable on the arrival of Rizzo, who is raking down at Class AAA Iowa, batting .350 with 23 home runs, 17 doubles and 59 RBI.

Asked if Rizzo, a first baseman, could be in pinstripes during the next homestand, which starts Monday, Sveum remained non-committal.

I dont know if theres a date on it, Sveum said. Its obvious hes coming soon but we dont have a date yet.

The Cubs are already making adjustments in their lineup in preparation for Rizzos grand arrival. First baseman-turned right fielder Bryan LaHair was out of the starting lineup in favor of Reed Johnson, as the Cubs were facing a left-hander in the Diamondbacks Joe Saunders. Joe Mather got the call in center field, though that spot is now the property of David DeJesus, who moved over from right field in another accommodating move to make way for Rizzo.

The Cubs appear to be going against a frequent pattern to ease their best minor-league prospects into the majors by bringing them up while the team is away from Wrigley Field.

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.