Sam MacDonald scored 22 of her 25 points in the first half, and the University of New England rolled to a 76-56 victory over Bates in a nonconference women’s basketball game at Biddeford on Monday night.

MacDonald opened the scoring with a 3-pointer and scored the first seven points for the Nor’easters (4-1), who jumped out to a 19-3 lead over the Bobcats (1-4) in the opening 6:19.

MacDonald also finished with eight rebounds. Jocelyn Chaput added 13 points and 10 rebounds for UNE, while Nina Davenport had 20 points and Julia Middlebrook 11 for Bates.

MEN’S BASKETBALL: Gary Clark had 14 point and seven rebounds, and No. 11 Cincinnati stayed unbeaten heading into its game against its crosstown rival by beating winless Alabama State 83-51 at home.

The Bearcats (7-0) play at No. 21 Xavier on Saturday.

Facing a ranked team for the first time in five years, Alabama State (0-7) had 20 turnovers that led to 30 Cincinnati points.


FIFA INVESTIGATION: The former president of Colombia’s soccer federation testified Monday that a sports marketing executive told him up to $15 million in bribe money was available for South American officials from Qatari interests ahead of the FIFA executive committee vote to decide the site of the 2022 World Cup.

Taking the witness stand as the trial of three former soccer officials entered its third week, Luis Bedoya said he was introduced to a Qatari television representative by Mariano Jinkis of Full Play Group during a meeting in a Madrid hotel ahead of the 2010 Champions League final.

Jinkis said Luis Chiriboga, then president of Ecuador’s federation, was with them, and Juan Angel Napout, then president of Paraguay’s soccer federation, was at an adjacent table. Bedoya testified that he, Napout and Chiriboga were among six heads of South American governing bodies who earlier had agreed to accept bribes from Full Play for signing a marketing and broadcast rights contract in 2010 for future Copa America tournaments.

MLS: Toronto FC’s Greg Vanney was voted coach of the year in Major League Soccer.

The former U.S. international player received 37 percent of the votes by MLS team officials, players and media. Atlanta’s Gerardo “Tata” Martino was second at 22 percent and Chicago’s Veljko Paunovic was third at 11.

Vanney guided Toronto to a 20-5-9 finish with a league-record 69 points.

The team won the Voyageurs Cup as Canadian champion and Supporters’ Shield for best regular-season record.


RUSSIAN DOPING: Another five Russians were disqualified for doping at the Sochi Winter Olympics on Monday, among them winners of gold and silver medals.

That brings to 19 the number of Russians who have committed anti-doping violations, and 12 medals have been stripped from 10 athletes.

The latest cases involved Aleksei Negodailo and Dmitrii Trunenkov, members of the gold medal-winning four-man bobsled; Yana Romanova, the silver medalist in the 4×6-kilometer women’s biathlon relay; Olga Vilukhina, the silver medalist in the same relay and 7.5-kilometer biathlon; and Sergei Chudinov, who was fifth in skeleton.

All five were also banned from all Olympics, the IOC said in a statement.