What's Buzzing:

Tarkanian feeling better after heart attack

AP - Sports

Former UNLV coach Jerry Tarkanian is up and moving around at a Las Vegas hospital and could go home this weekend after suffering a heart attack and contracting pneumonia.

''He's feeling much better,'' Tarkanian's son-in-law, Zafi Diamant, said Tuesday. ''He's been up and walking around, all in all feeling much better.''

Tarkanian was admitted to Valley Hospital last Wednesday after attending the Final Four in North Texas, complaining of weakness, lethargy and labored breathing.

Doctors determined the 83-year-old had pneumonia and tests later revealed he also had a heart attack.

Diamant said Tarkanian will likely undergo a catheterization to determine if anything else needs to be done in the next couple of days and could go home after that.

A member of the Naismith Memorial Hall of Fame, Tarkanian led three schools to the NCAA tournament, most famously the UNLV teams that went to the Final Four four times.

The Runnin' Rebels and their frenetic amoeba defense won the 1990 national title and lost to Duke in the 1991 Final Four. He later coached with the NBA's San Antonio Spurs and returned to his alma mater, Fresno State, to serve as coach from 1995-2002, leading the Bulldogs to the NCAA tournament twice.

The colorful ''Tark the Shark'' was known during his coaching days for biting towels during games and his open criticism of the NCAA, from which he received a large settlement in 1998 after suing the organization on claims of harassment.

View Comments (1)
  • Blues even series on Backes' OT game-winner, beat Stars 4-3

    Blues even series on Backes' OT game-winner, beat Stars 4-3

    David Backes gave the St. Louis Blues a big gift on his 32nd birthday, with another overtime goal to go home even. What a serenade of ''Happy Birthday'' for the Blues captain from his teammates after Backes scored off a rebound during a power play … More »

    AP - Sports - 16 minutes ago
  • Baseball-Highlights of Sunday's MLB games

    May 1 (The Sports Xchange) - Highlights of Sunday's Major League Baseball games: Giants 6, Mets 1 Hunter Pence homered and finished with three RBIs and the San Francisco Giants stole four bases on their way to a 6-1 win over the New York Mets, whose … More »

    Reuters - 17 minutes ago
  • Jefferson Responds to Barkely

    Jefferson Responds to Barkely

    The Cavaliers' Richard Jefferson responds to Charles Barkley's comments from last week. … More »

    NBA.com - 18 minutes ago
  • Red Sox beat Yankees 8-7 to complete 3-game sweep

    Red Sox beat Yankees 8-7 to complete 3-game sweep

    BOSTON (AP) -- Christian Vazquez hit a two-run homer over the Green Monster to break a seventh-inning tie Sunday night, sending the Boston Red Sox to an 8-7 victory over the New York Yankees and a three-game sweep of their archrivals. … More »

    AP - Sports - 20 minutes ago
  • May 1st: Top 10

    May 1st: Top 10

    The best of the best from Sunday's Playoffs action highlighted in the Top 10. … More »

    NBA.com - 22 minutes ago