USMNT knocked out of World Cup
With a 3-1 loss to the Netherlands in the round of 16, the United States men's team was eliminated from the World Cup Saturday. After showing composure well beyond their years throughout the group stage, the Americans had a series of uncharacteristic miscues Saturday that doomed any chance they had of reaching the quarterfinals for the first time in 20 years. A defense that had been so solid fell apart three times, and the Netherlands made them pay each time.
Expectations were high for a USMNT with a core of young, rising stars who play in some of the top European leagues, and they avoided disappointment by advancing to the knockout rounds. But the exit in the round of 16 was the same result as 2010 and 2014, and coach Gregg Berhalter's future with the team is unclear. The U.S. will have another chance to prove itself on the international stage during next summer's CONCACAF Gold Cup, and it is guaranteed a spot in the 2026 World Cup as the co-host with Mexico and Canada.
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Russia rejects price cap on its oil, warns of cutoffs
Russian authorities rejected a price cap on the country's oil set by Ukraine's Western supporters and threatened Saturday 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.
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College Football playoff field is set
SEC champion Georgia secured the top seed when the College Football Playoff committee revealed this season's semifinal matchups on Sunday, with Michigan, TCU and Ohio State rounding out the field. Georgia and undefeated Big Ten champs Michigan were no surprise, but there was suspense over the final two berths after TCU and Southern California — third and fourth last week — lost their conference championship games. Ultimately, the Horned Frogs were rewarded for their unbeaten regular season and seeded third, while the Trojans' second defeat at the hands of Utah opened the door for one-loss Ohio State to claim the fourth spot. Georgia and Ohio State will play in the Peach Bowl on Dec. 31, while Michigan and TCU will face off in the Fiesta Bowl on the same day.
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Contributing: Associated Press
This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: Weekend's biggest news: USMNT out of World Cup, Russia rejects oil cap, and DNC changes primary order