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Ramblin' Reck

August 14, 2012

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TERRE HAUTE — Tom-Cattin’ It — Former Purdue cager Robbie Hummel will forego a possible NBA career to play in a pro league in Spain. He was a second-round draft pick of Minnesota in the NBA.

• Kevin Durant set a Summer Games record in basketball with 34 3-pointers, shooting 52 percent from beyond the arc.

• Jay Cutler did not play at all in the Chicago Bears’ game with Denver last week and Peyton Manning was in for one series as Denver won.

• Erica Hanrahan, formerly an assistant at Boston College, is the new softball coach at DePauw. She is only the third coach for the sport since it gained varsity status in 1996.

• Scott Sparks is the new women’s basketball coach at Lincoln Trail. He played at Vincennes Lincoln and Vincennes University. His dad is former VU coach Dan Sparks.

• Jerry Sichting has been hired as an assistant by the Washington Wizards.

• Creighton will play Wisconsin and Arkansas faces Arizona State in the Last Vegas Invitational for men’s basketball teams.

Butler and Illinois both are in the Maui Invitational. The Bulldogs face Marquette in the first round and the Illini meet Southern Cal.

In other games, it is North Carolina vs. Mississippi State and Texas vs. Chaminade.

• Motorcycles will be on the course at Indianapolis Motor Speedway with four races in three days.

• Rachael Pruett of Linton qualified for the U.S. Women’s Amateur last week. She did not qualify for match play in the event loaded with international players.

• Cincinnati will retire Barry Larkin’s No. 11 jersey. He recently was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame.

• Three of the former contestants returning to an all-star edition of Dancing With The Stars are IndyCar driver Helio Castroneves, former football great Emmitt Smith and gymnast Shawn Johnson.

Tom Reck may be contacted by telephone at (812) 232-3231, by email at or by mail at 4284 South 5th Street, Apt. 3, Terre Haute, IN, 47802.

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