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CHICAGO -- The Chicago Cubs and the Los Angeles Angels meet on Tuesday for the first time since the first week of the season.Their respective fortunes since then couldnt be more contrasting.Chicago (69-41) is on a post-All-Star Game roll with baseballs best record, a seven-game winning streak, victories in 10 of its last 11 contests and a double-digit game lead in the National League Central.(Were) firing on all cylinders right now, right-hander Jake Arrieta (13-5, 2.59 ERA) told reporters over the weekend after working eight strong innings in a 4-0 win over the Oakland Athletics. Were playing good baseball, theres always things to improve on (but) theres things to be happy about.The teams open a two-game series kicking off a 10-game homestand for the Cubs.Chicago sends right-hander John Lackey (8-7, 3.70 ERA) against righty Jered Weaver (8-8, 5.11 ERA) in the series opener. Jason Hammel (11-5, 3.07 ERA) is scheduled for Wednesdays start against Los Angeles right-hander Ricky Nolasco (4-8, 5.23 ERA).The Angels (49-62) have limped through late July and early August with 10 losses in their last 16 contests, including a current four-game losing streak.Los Angeles came out of the All-Star break with six straight victories and sparked slim hopes at a run for a wild-card spot. But the subsequent slump left the Angels hovering near the AL West cellar and the need to leapfrog six teams to secure one of two wild card berths.Manager Mike Scioscia insisted his team hadnt given up even after a pair of trades involving a starter and reliever.Theres absolutely no white flag being run up, he told reporters last week.The Angels sent their top starter -- left-hander Hector Santiago (10-4) -- to Minnesota for Nolasco and a prospect. Los Angeles separately traded sidearm reliever Joe Smith (1-4, 3.82 ERA, six saves) to the Cubs for a minor league pitcher.The Angels also pulled the plug last week on an experiment with two-time Cy Young winner Tim Lincecum. He was designated for assignment last Saturday after posting 2-6 record, 9.16 ERA and 2.37 WHIP in nine appearances.Lincecum, who had surgery last year to repair a torn labrum in his hip, signed a one-year deal with the Angels in May.The departures of Santiago, Lincecum plus others currently on disabled list with a variety of ailments, leaves Weaver, Matt Shoemaker (6-12, 4.07 ERA) and Nolasco as staff aces.Not all is bleak. Outfielder Mike Trout, who turned 25 on Sunday, remains a highlight for the Angels. He has a big league-best .427 on-base percentage, is tied for second in runs scored (88) and owns a .316 batting average.Albert Pujols, meanwhile, needs two home runs to reach 583 for his career and a 10th place all-time tie with Mark McGwire.The Cubs enter the series 11-4 in interleague play this season, are a season-high 28 games over .500 and with two-thirds of the season in the books are on track for 101 wins.They finally got Jorge Soler back from the disabled list (hamstring). Soler went 2-for-4 on Sunday against the As and has five RBI since coming off the disabled list on Saturday.Chicago increasingly looks likely for a second straight postseason berth. Even when the Cubs were struggling, manager Joe Madden insisted theyd be all right and were capable of a strong run similar to how they started the season (25-6).The Cubs lost 15 of 20 prior to the All-Star break. 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Takahashi, who had a 10-point lead after the short program, received 268.31 points after the free skate to finish 15 points ahead of second-place Nobunari Oda. GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- Luke Del Rio threw four touchdown passes, including a 78-yarder to Antonio Callaway, and Florida beat Kentucky 45-7 Saturday to extend its winning streak in the series to 30.Its now a three-decade-long win for the Gators, the longest current one in major college football between two teams that play annually.The Gators (2-0, 1-0 Southeastern Conference) rebounded from a pedestrian victory against Massachusetts in last weeks season opener, scoring five times in their first seven possessions and having their way with the Wildcats (0-2, 0-1). Again.Although Kentucky had chances to win the previous two meetings, coach Mark Stoops team looked overmatched on a sweltering, late-summer day in The Swamp. Kentuckys last win in Gainesville came in 1979.Del Rio had touchdown passes to Callaway, Brandon Powell, Freddie Swain and Lamical Perine. The deep ball to Callaway was a replay of Floridas opening play against UMass. Thanks to a little adrenaline rush in his first career start, Del Rio overthrew Callaway by several yards. His second shot was right on target.Callaway beat Derrick Baity, ran under the high-arced pass and scored for the second time in as many weeks.Mark Thompson and Jordan Scarlett also scored for the Gators, who reached 30 points for the first time since beating Mississippi 38-10 on Oct. 3, 2015. The 10-game streak was the programs longest since before Steve Spurrier arrived in 1990. The Gators hadnt gone 11 straight games wiithout scoring at least 30 since 1979.ddddddddddddDel Rio completed 19 of 32 passes for 320 yards, with an interception. He became Floridas first 300-yard passer since Tyler Murphy did it against Vanderbilt in 2013.THE TAKEAWAYKENTUCKY: After allowing 34 unanswered points in a 44-35 loss to Southern Miss last week, the Wildcats were outscored 79-0 in six quarters before finding the end zone late against Floridas backups. The former Miami, Arizona and Florida State assistant fell to 12-26 in his fourth season in Lexington.?FLORIDA: The Gators finished with four sacks, three interceptions and a forced fumble -- another impressive outing for one of the leagues top defenses. The offense was the bigger surprise, and it may help Florida get back in The Associated Press college football poll. The Gators opened the season at No. 25, but dropped after the lackluster opener.UP NEXTKENTUCKY: Returns home to play New Mexico State in their first meeting. 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