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Perseverance paid off for dozens of local equestrians Saturday, with Great Oak Equine Assisted Programs offering a Holiday Horse Show, giving riders a chance to put their strengthened skills into action in front of a highly receptive audience.

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Russia rejects $60-a-barrel cap on its oil, warns of cutoffs

Russian authorities have rejected a price cap on the country’s oil set by Ukraine’s Western supporters and are threatening to stop supplying the nations that endorsed it

Russian authorities have rejected a price cap on the country’s oil set by Ukraine’s Western supporters and are threatening to stop supplying the nations that endorsed it. Australia, Britain, Canada, Japan, the United States and the 27-nation European Union agreed Friday to cap what they would pay for Russian oil at $60-per-barrel. The limit is set to take effect Monday, along with an EU embargo on Russian oil shipped by sea. Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said Saturday that Russia needs to analyze the situation before deciding on a specific response but that it would not accept the price ceiling. Russia’s permanent representative in Vienna warned, "From this year, Europe will live without Russian oil.” Read moreRussia rejects $60-a-barrel cap on its oil, warns of cutoffs

Bonds, Clemens left out of Hall again; McGriff elected

Barry Bonds, Roger Clemens and Curt Schilling were passed over by a Baseball Hall of Fame committee that elected former big league slugger Fred McGriff to Cooperstown on Sunday

Barry Bonds, Roger Clemens and Curt Schilling were passed over by a Baseball Hall of Fame committee that elected former big league slugger Fred McGriff to Cooperstown on Sunday. It was the first time that Bonds, Clemens and Schilling had faced a Hall committee since their 10th and final appearances on the Baseball Writers’ Association of America ballot. Bonds and Clemens have been accused of using performance-enhancing drugs, and support for Schilling dropped after he made hateful remarks toward Muslims, transgender people, reporters and others. Read moreBonds, Clemens left out of Hall again; McGriff elected

Viktor Hovland handled the sunshine in the air and the mud in the ground at the Hero World Challenge. He had 10 birdies in his round of 64. That gives him a three-shot lead over Masters champion Scottie Scheffler. Hovland is trying to join tournament host Tiger Woods as the only back-to-back winners of this holiday event. The big story Saturday was mud on the golf balls from the rain-soaked fairways earlier in the week. Cameron Young was in the lead when his good shot turned bad and led to bogey. He was five back with Justin Thomas. Read moreHovland has 64 in the sun and mud of Bahamas for 3-shot lead

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