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Jerry Tarkanian hospitalized in Vegas with breathing trouble

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LAS VEGAS >> Family members say Hall of Fame basketball coach Jerry Tarkanian is hospitalized in Las Vegas with breathing trouble and some type of infection.

Son Danny Tarkanian on Tuesday characterized his father’s condition as “minute by minute.”

He says his 84-year-old father was taken by ambulance Monday to Valley Hospital Medical Center after his blood oxygen fell to dangerous levels.

He says doctors worked overnight to stabilize his father’s condition and identify the infection.

Danny Tarkanian says Jerry Tarkanian is heavily medicated.

It’s the third hospitalization in 10 months for the coach dubbed “Tark the Shark.”

He had a heart attack last April and was treated for pneumonia in November, just before Thanksgiving.

Tarkanian led three schools to the NCAA tournament, including the 1990 UNLV team that won a national title.

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