This week's most popular sports stories on AnnArbor.com
Here are the five most-viewed sports stories on AnnArbor.com from Sunday to Friday afternoon. With Valentine's Day mid-week, a love song to Denard Robinson certainly topped the list.
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2. Renewed emphasis on 'backyard' helps Michigan flip in-state football recruiting battle with Michigan State: When Brady Hoke was hired as Michigan's coach 13 months ago, he immediately proclaimed a renewed emphasis on Midwest recruiting, starting here in Michigan and also Ohio. His first class illustrates just how successful that philosophy can be.
3. Michigan's Mike Martin staying mum on combine goals, except one: Set bench press record: There is one goal he's made very clear: He wants to be the first player in combine history to reach 50 reps in the bench press (225 pounds).
4. WITH GALLERY & VIDEO: A look inside Michigan basketball's new crown jewel: The Player Development Center: The facility, which was opened up for a media tour on Tuesday, is still without a few of its bells and whistles. From a functionality standpoint, however, it's officially become the new home for both the men's and women's teams and coaching staffs.
5. Michigan quarterback Denard Robinson is third-best Heisman Trophy candidate, according to noted oddsmaker: It took Denard Robinson just two starts to propel himself into Heisman Trophy consideration. Now heading into his third season as a starter, Robinson has yet to become a Heisman finalist — although one noted oddsmaker gives him a good shot at getting to New York as a senior.