TRACK & FIELD
Lananna leaving Eugene for Virginia — Track and field visionary Vin Lananna is leaving Track Town USA. On Monday, Lananna was announced as associate athletic director and director of track and field and cross-country for the University of Virginia, ending his 14-year stint in Eugene. Lananna, 66, will return to coaching for the first time since stepping away from the Oregon team in that capacity in 2012 when he turned the reins over to Robert Johnson. He remained an associate athletic director for the Ducks until resigning to take the job in Virginia. Though his Oregon teams had great success, winning six national titles — three in women’s indoor track, two in men’s cross-country and one in men’s indoor track — Lananna’s most memorable work came away from the track as he turned Hayward Field and Eugene into the epicenter of track and field in the United States during the past decade-plus by successfully bidding for the biggest meets in the world.
U.S. ties Uruguay in exhibition — Jordan Morris scored his first international goal in more than two years in the 79th minute, giving the United States a 1-1 tie against Uruguay in an exhibition game on Tuesday night in St. Louis. Brian Rodriguez, a 19-year-old Los Angeles FC forward who made his international debut in Friday’s 2-1 win at Costa Rica, put fifth-ranked Uruguay ahead off a counterattack in the 50th minute. Rodriguez took a pass from Federico Valverde, dribbled around defender Aaron Long and beat goalkeeper Brad Guzan to the near post with left-footed shot for his first international goal. The Americans have eight wins, four losses and two draws this year under coach Gregg Berhalter, hired in December to revive the team following its failure to qualify for the 2018 World Cup.
New Mexico coach says he will be back — New Mexico coach Bob Davie, who will miss the Lobos’ trip to South Bend, Indiana, to face No. 7 Notre Dame because of an undisclosed health issue, said Tuesday he will eventually be back on the sidelines for the team, though it is not clear when. Davie has turned the reins of the team over to offensive line coach Saga Tuitele and said he will be back when he is ready. Davie was taken to the hospital after having what he described as a “serious medical situation” that came on unexpectedly during New Mexico’s season-opening win over Sam Houston State on Aug. 31. “I’m not being too dramatic by saying they saved my life and my family will forever be appreciative,” he said.
Ex-Raiders linebacker Ball dies at 27 — Former Oakland Raiders linebacker Neiron Ball, who played college football at Florida after recovering from brain surgery, has died at age 27. Ball’s sister, Natalie Ball Myricks, released a statement announcing her brother’s passing early Tuesday. Ball’s agency, the Sports & Entertainment Group in Washington, D.C., confirmed his death to The Associated Press. Ball’s death came nearly a year after he suffered a brain aneurysm and was placed in a medically induced coma at Emory University Hospital in Atlanta. In late July, the Ball family announced that the Georgia native was out of the coma but was a quadriplegic. Ball sat out his sophomore season at Florida in 2011 because of a congenital condition called arteriovenous malformation, which causes the brain’s blood vessels to get tangled and rupture. He recovered after a year away and played in 33 games during his final three seasons at Florida. The Raiders selected Ball in the fifth round of the 2015 NFL draft. He played in six games as a rookie before landing on injured reserve. He was on IR again in 2016 and then waived with a non-football injury designation in July 2017.
QB Costello returning for Stanford — Senior quarterback K.J. Costello will be back on the field for Stanford on Saturday, but the Cardinal will be missing another offensive standout. Coach David Shaw announced Costello’s return on Tuesday at the same time that he said tackle Walker Little will be undergoing season-ending surgery on his left knee. Costello and Little, who was on the preseason Outland Trophy watch list, were injured in the Cardinal’s Aug. 31 season-opening win over Northwestern and missed Saturday’s loss at No. 24 Southern California. The Cardinal play at No. 17 Central Florida on Saturday and face Oregon and Oregon State in the following two weeks.
— From wire reports