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Danny Tarkanian, son of former UNLV coach, loses House race in Nevada

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Danny Tarkanian (R), the son of legendary former UNLV head coach Jerry Tarkanian, was defeated Tuesday night by state Senate Majority Leader Steven Horsford (D) in the race for the Nevada’s 4th Congressional District.

With 81% of precincts reporting, NBC News has projected Horsford as the winner by a 50-42 margin, despite reportedly trailing Tarkanian in recent polls prior to the election.

Nevada’s 4th Congressional District was created due to reapportionment after the 2010 census.

Tarkanian won six counties in the district by a convincing percentage-point margin, but Clark County, which includes the city of Las Vegas, turned out in much larger numbers and more decidedly for Horsford.

“I’m not sure what happened from a campaign standpoint,” Tarkanian told the Las Vegas Review-Journal. “The Democratic Party in Clark County had a great showing.”

This was Tarkanian’s second unsuccessful run at a national seat in Congress. He was defeated in the 2010 Republican primary in the state of Nevada, a nomination he lost to Sharron Angle. Angle was later defeated by incumbent Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid in the general election.

Tarkanian’s father, Jerry, coached won 778 games in his coaching career, much of it with UNLV, but also with stints at Fresno State and Long Beach State. He is one of just 12 coaches to reach the 700-win plateau.

The elder Tarkanian was hospitalized in March after suffering a mild heart attack, but celebrated his 82nd birthday in August.

Daniel Martin is a writer and editor at JohnnyJungle.com, covering St. John’s. You can find him on Twitter:@DanielJMartin_

Clemson lands 2017 guard

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Clemson landed a quality commitment on Tuesday as Class of 2017 guard A.J. Oliver committed to the Tigers. The son of Clemson women’s head coach Audra Smith, Oliver is regarded as a three-star prospect, according to Rivals, although some others view him as a top-100 caliber player.

The 6-foot-4 Oliver attends nearby Daniel High School and should have some time to get acclimated with the players and coaches before he sets foot on campus. A versatile guard who plays hard, Oliver showed that he can make plays with the ball in his hands this summer with the Upward Stars.

Oliver is Clemson’s first commitment in the Class of 2017 and it’s a strong start for head coach Brad Brownell.

Arizona’s Tarczewski out 4-to-6 weeks

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Arizona will be without senior center Kaleb Tarczewski for 4-to-6 weeks, the school announced on Tuesday. The 7-foot Tarczewski suffered a stress reaction and strained muscle to his left foot and he’ll have some time to heal before the main portion of the Pac-12 conference schedule.

The experienced Tarczewski was averaging 8.6 points and 7.2 rebounds per game before going down with injury. Without the senior in the lineup, Arizona fell to Providence in the Wooden Legacy last week. Without Tarczewski in the lineup, the Wildcats could turn to center Dusan Ristic while forward Ryan Anderson has had some solid outings this season.

Missing Tarczewski for the rest of non-conference play will hurt but he’ll get to rest and recover for the stretch run while the Wildcats can mix in some new frontcourt pieces.