UNE men charge past USM in second half at home

Devin Thompson scored eight of his 22 points during a key second-half run, and the University of New England beat the University of Southern Maine 88-77 in a nonconference men’s basketball game Tuesday night at Biddeford.

Thompson sparked the 13-3 spurt that put the Nor’easters (2-1) up 75-62 with 3:55 remaining.

C.J. Autry added 19 points, Gavin Dibble 15 and Jean-Luc Parker 13 for UNE.

Zach Leal’s 17 points led the Huskies (1-1), and Jose Novchanthavong tallied 16 and Atencio Marin 14.


D-LEAGUE: The Maine Red Claws added point guard Davion Berry and waived forward Curtis Washington.

Berry played 15 games with the Red Claws last spring and played for the NBA D-League Select Summer Team coached by Maine’s Scott Morrison before a three-week stint this fall in South Korea.


ATP FINALS: Roger Federer stopped Novak Djokovic’s ATP Finals winning streak at 15, beating the top-seeded Serb 7-5, 6-2 to reach the semifinals at the season-ending tournament at London.

Djokovic, who has already clinched the year-end No. 1 ranking, had not lost at the ATP Finals since 2011, winning the last three elite titles for the world’s top eight players.

In the early match, Kei Nishikori scored a 7-5, 3-6, 6-3 victory over Tomas Berdych.

The Davis Cup final between Belgium and Britain will go ahead next week in Brussels despite security concerns following the Paris attacks, the International Tennis Federation said.

The three-day final starts on Nov. 27 at the Flanders Expo. A sell-out crowd of 13,000 is expected.


NEW YORK RULING: Daily fantasy sports operator FanDuel said it’s temporarily suspending entry in paid contests for New York players, while the state attorney general sued to halt what he considers illegal gambling by both FanDuel and DraftKings.

The New York-based company said the move follows its failed attempt to convince a judge late Monday to immediately block the state attorney general’s efforts to shut it down.


DOPING INVESTIGATIONS: The man in charge of the IAAF’s probe into Russia’s track team says there’s no way to put a timeline on how long the investigation might take.

With the Rio Olympics less than nine months away, Norwegian anti-doping expert Rune Andersen told reporters “it’s impossible to say” the investigation could be complete in any specific time frame.

The IAAF provisionally suspended the Russian track team after an independent committee detailed corruption on the team.

 The IAAF also confirmed it has been investigating alleged doping cover-ups in Kenya since last March.

The confirmation followed allegations by German broadcaster ARD that Kenyan track officials were extorting money from athletes and coaches to cover up failed drug tests, or for lenient doping bans.


EUROPEAN TOUR: The tour is reducing the number of tournaments needed for players to maintain their membership from 13, a move designed to help those playing a full season on the U.S. PGA Tour. The new requirement will be five tournaments, excluding the four majors and the four World Golf Championships.

– From staff and news services