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Raiders reward coach Del Rio with new 4-year contract: The Oakland Raiders rewarded coach Jack Del Rio with a new four-year contract Friday, replacing the original four-year deal he received when he took the job in January 2015.

Owner Mark Davis made the announceme­nt Friday evening by saying the initial deal had been “torn up” after Del Rio led the Raiders (12-5) to their first playoff berth in 14 years before a loss to Houston after quarterbac­k Derek Carr broke his right leg in the second-to-last game of the regular season.

Before Del Rio arrived in 2015, the Raiders had posted the worst record in the NFL the previous 13 years as they had a revolving door of coaches and quarterbac­ks. Oakland had eight coaches in that span before Del Rio solidified the job when hired by general manager Reggie McKenzie.

Del Rio led the Raiders to a 7-9 record his first season before taking a big step forward this past year with 12 wins and the playoff berth. Del Rio set the tone for the season when he went for a 2-point conversion instead of opting for a game-tying extra point late in the opener at New Orleans. The Raiders converted and won the game 35-34.

Del Rio had previously been head coach in Jacksonvil­le where he had a 68-71 record in nine seasons. Del Rio’s has a career mark of 87-84 and his 171 career games are the second most in NFL history for a coach who has never finished in first place. Only Norm Van Brocklin with 173 games has more.

Mets traded Ynoa to Orioles for Cash: The Mets traded pitcher Gabriel Ynoa to the Baltimore Orioles for cash, clearing a roster spot for New York to finalize its contract with reliever Fernando Salas.

A 23-year-old right-hander, Ynoa made his big league debut last Aug. 13 and was 1-0 with a 6.38 ERA in three starts and seven relief appearance­s covering 181⁄3 innings. He was 12-5 with a 3.97 ERA in 25 starts with Triple-A Las Vegas of the Pacific Coast League and is 59-30 with a 3.36 ERA in 128 minor league starters and eight relief appearance­s.

To open a roster spot Friday, Baltimore designated catcher Francisco Pena for assignment. He hit .200 with one homer and three RBIs in 14 games and 40 at-bats for the Orioles last year.

Driesell honored by Maryland with banner from rafters: It’s been a long time since Lefty Driesell brought Maryland basketball into prominence, flashing the victory sign before home games and foot-stomping his way to 348 wins over 17 years.

In an effort to ensure his legacy won’t soon be forgotten, the school raised a banner with Driesell’s name on it to the rafters of its home arena Saturday.

Charles “Lefty” Driesell went 348-159 from 1969-86. Though supplanted by Gary Williams as the winningest coach in school history, Driesell still owns the best career winning percentage (.686).

Now 85, long retired and walking with a cane, Driesell returned to Maryland for an emotional ceremony before the Terrapins faced Ohio State. He was joined by dozens his former players, including former NBA stars Buck Williams, Walt Williams and Albert King.

Man runs near Miami huddle during Louisville game: A spectator was tackled and arrested after running on the court and hovering near Miami’s huddle during the first half of Saturday’s game at Louisville.

The Hurricanes were leading 26-16 during a timeout with 7:59 remaining in the half when the unidentifi­ed man emerged from an aisle and ran onto the court. He went between the Ladybirds dancers and near players as they circled on the court at the KFC Yum! Center.

Several Louisville Metro Police Department officers quickly chased him down, with one tripping the man before others subdued him near midcourt. Multiple officers escorted the man — who yelled as he was being handcuffed — down a tunnel opposite Miami’s bench.

The man faces misdemeano­r charges of fourthdegr­ee assault, third-degree terroristi­c threatenin­g and disorderly conduct, and third-degree criminal trespass violation.

Auburn names Porter assistant coach, recruiting coordinato­r: Auburn has hired Larry Porter to coach tight ends and H-backs and to serve as recruiting coordinato­r.

Tigers coach Gus Malzahn announced Saturday that Porter had been hired to replace Scott Fountain.

Porter spent the past three years as North Carolina’s running backs coach and special teams coordinato­r.

The 21-year coaching veteran also has worked at Texas, Arizona State, LSU, Memphis and Oklahoma.

Malzahn calls Porter “one of the top recruiters in the country.”

Bolt All-Stars win Nitro Athletics meet: Usain Bolt and his All Stars completed a clean sweep of the inaugural Nitro Athletics series on Saturday, with Bolt winning the 150-meter race in his only solo appearance of the three-night meet in Melbourne, Australia.

Eight-time Olympic champion Bolt won the 150 in 15.28 seconds.

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