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January 28, 2012

Michigan Newsstand - Jan. 28

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WITH VIDEO: Obama in Ann Arbor: Michigan quarterback Denard Robinson gets shout-out from president
Kyle Meinke • AnnArbor.com
Denard Robinson is a rock star. There's just no other way to put it. The Michigan football team's senior-to-be quarterback met LeBron James earlier in the week. Then, he got a shout-out this morning from, of all people, the commander in chief.

VIDEO OF THE DAY

David Molk opens up about playing through a torn tendon, rehab and proving his doubters wrong
Kyle Meinke • AnnArbor.com
Center David Molk had severed a tendon in his right foot during the opening moments of the Michigan football team's Sugar Bowl warmups. Doctors didn't know that at the time. All they knew was Molk had hurt his foot badly, and they figured he could hurt it more by playing. Molk was supposed to begin training for the NFL draft the next day. The Senior Bowl loomed after that, and an invitation to the combine in February.

FOOTBALL

U-M's Molk looks to bounce back from injury in time for Combine
Angelique S. Chengelis • The Detroit News
David Molk is angry, and that's partly what motivates him. Molk is angry because he's not where he feels most comfortable - on the football field.

Safety Carvin Johnson is fifth former Michigan player to land outside BCS conferences
Kyle Meinke • AnnArbor.com
Former Michigan safety Carvin Johnson has transferred to Hampton University, according to The Daily Press in Newport News, Va.

BASKETBALL

Michigan riding high going into Ohio State basketball game
Mark Snyder • The Detroit Free Press
The old adage about Michigan-Ohio State games is to throw the records out. In more than a few recent years, the Wolverines have encouraged that in all sports. But, entering Sunday's basketball game, U-M is on a roll.

Jon Horford's status still up in the air, Eso Akunne injury may create room for Carlton Brundidge
Nick Baumgardner• AnnArbor.com
The Michigan basketball team will need all the beef it can get Sunday when it travels to Ohio State. But it remains unclear whether the Wolverines will indeed get an extra boost in their efforts against the Buckeyes and big man Jared Sullinger.

Michigan's John Beilein scrutinizes roles of bench players
Mark Snyder• The Detroit Free Press
With 10 games left in the regular season, Beilein is looking at his bench and trying to assess what's next.

Michigan's Trey Burke eager for trip home to Columbus
Rod Beard •The Detroit News
Sunday will be a weird homecoming for Michigan freshman Trey Burke. The Wolverines travel to Columbus to face No. 4 Ohio State in a Big Ten showdown for first place in the conference and Burke, a Columbus native, gets his first shot at the Buckeyes. It's a tall order for No. 20 Michigan, which has lost five straight to Ohio State and has won just twice in the last 16 meetings. The Wolverines' last win at Columbus was Jan. 15, 2003, when most of the current roster was in elementary school.

RECRUITING

Weekly Recruiting Wrap: Countdown to Signing Day
Tim Sullivan • TheWolverine.com
Michigan's remaining recruits for the 2012 class have dwindled in number. Yesterday, the biggest piece left on the board, Puyallup (Wash.) offensive lineman Joshua Garnett, committed to Stanford, breaking maize-and-blue hearts across the country.

Chesson will prove a sleeper in the 2012 class
Michael Spath • TheWolverine.com
Wide receiver Jehu Chesson remains Michigan's most recent commitment, pledging Dec. 21. That decision was the culmination of three years of communication between the St. Louis native and U-M, beginning with Rich Rodriguez's staff.

AROUND THE NATION

Bret Bielema has contract extended
The Associated Press • ESPN.com
Bielema, who got a raise to $2.5 million last February, had his five-year deal extended through Jan. 31, 2017. Bielema led the Badgers to their first back-to-back Rose Bowls in a dozen years.

Thousands gather at Joe Paterno tribute
The Associated Press • ESPN.com
Crediting him with building not just better athletes but better men, some 12,000 people -- including Penn State students, fans and football stars -- paid tribute to Joe Paterno in a campus memorial service Thursday that exposed a strong undercurrent of anger over his firing.

Report: Greg Schiano owes Rutgers
ESPN.com news services • ESPN.com
Greg Schiano, who left Rutgers for the NFL's Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Thursday, owes the school $800,000 in buyout and loan payments, Bloomberg News reported Friday.

Jerry Sandusky seeks visitation
The Associated Press• ESPN.com
The former Penn State assistant football coach charged with child molestation asked for court permission Friday to see his grandchildren, visits currently prohibited under his bail conditions.



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