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Cuonzo Martin is hired to be California basketball coach

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California hired Tennessee's Cuonzo Martin as its basketball coach Tuesday, charging him with taking over another program after a successful run by his predecessor.

Martin replaces Mike Montgomery, who retired last month after six seasons in Berkeley. Martin was 63-41 in three seasons at Tennessee, including a 24-13 mark and an appearance in the regional semifinals of the NCAA tournament this season. He also was previously the coach at Missouri State.

He takes over for one of the most successful college coaches in the San Francisco Bay Area. Montgomery finished his career with a 677-317 record, having also spent 18 years at Stanford and eight at Montana.

Martin, 42, took over a Tennessee program under NCAA investigation in 2011 and has averaged 21 wins per year.

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Aaron Gordon and Nick Johnson are leaving Arizona for the NBA.

One of the top freshmen during the 2013-14 season, Gordon was widely expected to leave after one season in Tucson. Johnson built up his draft stock with a superb junior season, earning numerous All-America honors and the Pac-12 player of year award.

Michigan sophomores Nik Stauskas and Glenn Robinson III have decided to make themselves available for the NBA draft.

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Former Nevada Las Vegas 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.

Tarkanian was admitted to Valley Hospital last Wednesday after attending the Final Four in 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.

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