Firth’s Downs strives to inspire, push limits

Kurtis Downs performs at a Nitro Circus Live show in Wollongong, Australia, earlier in 2018.

Kurtis Downs, who won bronze in BMX Big Air at X Games Minneapolis last year, has been all over the world since joining Nitro Circus Live in 2013. He witnessed Travis Pastrana replicate three of Evel Knievel’s stunts last weekend in Las Vegas and will compete in X Games Minneapolis on Friday.

Kerber tops Williams at Wimbledon for 3rd Grand Slam title

Angelique Kerber of Germany celebrates defeating Serena Williams of the US in the women's singles final match at the Wimbledon Tennis Championships, in London, Saturday July 14, 2018. (Nic Bothma, Pool via AP)

LONDON (AP) — Angelique Kerber was not about to be overwhelmed by the setting or the stakes in this Wimbledon final. She knew exactly what to expect — and what to do — against Serena Williams.

Belgium finishes 3rd at World Cup, beats England 2-0

Belgium's Thomas Meunier, left, and England's Danny Rose challenge for the ball during the third place match between England and Belgium at the 2018 soccer World Cup in the St. Petersburg Stadium in St. Petersburg, Russia, Saturday, July 14, 2018. (AP Photo/Natacha Pisarenko)

ST. PETERSBURG, Russia (AP) — For Belgium and England, the third-place match at the World Cup was more like a dress rehearsal for future finals.

Groenewegen wins 2nd straight stage at Tour

Netherlands' Dylan Groenewegen celebrates as he crosses the finish line to win the eight stage of the Tour de France cycling race over 181 kilometers (112.5 miles) with start in Dreux and finish in Amiens, France, Saturday, July 14, 2018. (AP Photo/Christophe Ena )

AMIENS, France (AP) — Dylan Groenewegen has turned the sprinting battle at the Tour de France into a three-man race.

Truex repeats as NASCAR Cup winner at Kentucky Speedway

Martin Truex Jr. raises his arms in celebration following his victory in the NASCAR Cup Series auto race at Kentucky Speedway, Saturday, July 14, 2018, in Sparta, Ky. (AP Photo/Timothy D. Easley)

SPARTA, Ky. (AP) — No matter which driver led Martin Truex Jr., the advantage always seemed temporary as he positioned himself to make a pivotal move.

AP source: Michigan State set to hire Bill Beekman as AD

FILE - In this Feb 16, 2018, file photo, Michigan State University interim President John Engler talks with his interim athletic director Bill Beekman before a Michigan State University Board of Trustees meeting in East Lansing, Mich. person with knowledge of the decision says Michigan State is set to hire Bill Beekman as athletic director. He has been the interim head of the troubled athletic department since early February. The person spoke on condition of anonymity Saturday, July 14, 2018, because no announcement has been made. (Dale G.Young/Detroit News via AP, File)

Michigan State is set to hire Bill Beekman as athletic director, a person with knowledge of the decision said Saturday. Beekman has been the interim head of the troubled athletic department since early February.

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