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April 28, 2012

Michigan Newsstand - Apr. 28

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Titans select 1st defensive lineman, taking DT Mike Martin of Michigan at No. 82 in 3rd round
The Associated Press The Washington Post
The Tennessee Titans have made tackle Mike Martin of Michigan their first defensive lineman selected in the 2012 NFL draft at No. 82 overall in the third round.

FOOTBALL

Former Michigan DL Ryan Van Bergen told he'll be selected in 6th round
Kyle Meinke AnnArbor.com
Van Bergen says he has been told by the Houston Texans they intend to select him in the sixth round, if he's still on the board. Other teams have expressed similar intentions.

Post-Spring Analysis: Special Teams
Chris Balas TheWolverine.com
Michigan trotted out its first and second teams on offense and defense for its annual spring game, revealing a preliminary two-deep heading into the summer. Today, we finish our post-spring analysis with special teams.

Michigan safety Josh Furman found not guilty on three charges
Angelique S. Chengelis The Detroit News
Michigan safety Josh Furman was found not guilty Thursday morning of three counts - assault and battery, domestic violence and breaking and entering - stemming from an incident in February.

Brady Hoke: Josh Furman's status with Michigan football team 'still being evaluated'
Kyle Meinke AnnArbor.com
Furman's lawyer, Gerry Mason, told reporters at the courthouse that Michigan has a strict "no assaultive behavior" policy. That is why Furman refused to plead to a lesser charge.

Michigan standard: Win Big Ten or fail
Lee Barfknecht Omaha.com
The 2011 Wolverines, in their first season under Hoke, went from 7-6 to 11-2; beat Nebraska and Ohio State on consecutive weeks; and got a Bowl Championship Series slot, defeating Virginia Tech in the Sugar Bowl. As successful as that might sound to outsiders, UM strong safety Jordan Kovacs said, the message was different inside the program.

BASKETBALL

Daily list: Daily list: Michigan, MSU near best odds for 2013 NCAA basketball title
The Detroit Free Press
Some early, early, early odds for the 2013 NCAA basketball championship, rounded up by cbssports.com from a sportsbook.

Trey Burke says if he and Michigan have a great 2012-13 season, he'll likely lean toward NBA
Nick Baumgardner AnnArbor.com
The co-Big Ten Freshman of the Year ultimately opted to return to Michigan with the hopes of competing for a Big Ten and national championship, putting his NBA dreams on hold. For now.

Michigan basketball sets sights on Caris LeVert for 2012 class
Mark Snyder The Detroit Free Press
Despite already having four commitments signed in the highly rated 2012 class, Beilein is pursuing at least one more: Pickerington (Ohio) Central guard Caris LeVert.

RECRUITING

Mathis likes Big Ten schools
Adam Gorney Rivals.com
The four-star prospect recently returned from trips to Michigan and Nebraska and was blown away by both Big 10 schools.

Darboh ready to make an impact
Andy Reid TheWolverine.com
Darboh is feeling 100 percent for the first time in a long time. He tore the labrum in his shoulder near the end of his senior season and has been rehabbing it ever since.

BASEBALL

Indiana jumps on Michigan baseball early
AnnArbor.com Staff AnnArbor.com
The Indiana baseball team took early control with three runs in the first inning and cruised to an 8-1 win against Michigan Friday night at Ray Fisher Stadium.

AROUND THE NATION

Plan would link sites, conferences
Mark Schlabach ESPN.com
If the 11 Football Bowl Subdivision conferences and independent schools decide to incorporate the existing Bowl Championship Series bowl games into a four-team playoff, the sites of the two national semifinal games might be determined by the conference affiliations of the two highest-ranked teams.

Big Ten has four former players picked in the first round of the NFL Draft
Kevin Cline Examiner.com
The first round of the NFL Draft was a quiet one for the Big Ten. The first player from the Big Ten drafted was Iowa's Riley Reiff to the Detroit Lions with the 23rd pick of the night. All of the other BCS conferences had at least two players drafted before Reiff was taken. The end of the first round saw more action with three more Big Ten players getting drafted in the final seven selections of the first round.

Hillman's football influences include Snoop Dogg
Andrew Mason CBSSports.com
Ronnie Hillman, the Broncos' pick at No. 67 overall, has an array of football influences that range from current Michigan coach Brady Hoke -- his coach at San Diego State in 2010 -- to Snoop Dogg.



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