sports http://wkar.org en After regular season title, Lansing United poised for playoffs http://wkar.org/post/after-regular-season-title-lansing-united-poised-playoffs <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The <a href="http://lanunited.com/" target="_blank">Lansing United</a> Soccer Club has enjoyed a great first season. Last week, the team clinched the championship of the National Premier Soccer League’s Great Lakes West Conference, and this weekend, the team will host the NPSL’s Midwest Region playoffs.</span></p><p>Team owner Jeremy Sampson joins us to look back at the team's inaugural season and look ahead to this weekend and beyond.&nbsp;</p> Fri, 18 Jul 2014 16:43:09 +0000 Scott Pohl 56915 at http://wkar.org After regular season title, Lansing United poised for playoffs Current Sports #267 | July 1, 2014 http://wkar.org/post/current-sports-267-july-1-2014 <p>Al brings on special guest David Schuman, founder of one of the largest scouting and recruiting football camps in the country. The duo talks all aspects of recruiting and Schuman gives his take on the recruiting process. Later, Matt and Alex join to talk about the recent Detroit Tigers game-winning homer, and close the show with their top five best ways to win a game.</p><p> Tue, 01 Jul 2014 18:22:41 +0000 Current Sports 56056 at http://wkar.org Current Sports #261 | June 23, 2014 http://wkar.org/post/current-sports-261-june-23-2014 <p>In wake of the Portugal and United States World Cup game, Al invites Impact Sports reporter Brooks Laimbeer on the show to discuss the recent matches. They also touch on the results from Lansing United over the weekend. Later, Al throws some strong opinions at Matt and Alex regarding ties in sports, specifically soccer. To close the show, they talk about the Detroit Tigers and their heroes from the weekend.</p><p> Mon, 23 Jun 2014 18:30:12 +0000 Current Sports 55640 at http://wkar.org Why do Americans call it 'soccer'? http://wkar.org/post/why-do-americans-call-it-soccer <p></p><div>Football is played with your hands, soccer is played with your feet. Here in the U.S., that’s something that has been ingrained in our culture regardless of any international criticism of its absurdity. However, a recent study reveals that the word "soccer" isn’t American at all. It’s actually British.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div> Mon, 23 Jun 2014 15:54:57 +0000 Mark Bashore 55630 at http://wkar.org Why do Americans call it 'soccer'? Beyond sport, the underlying politics of the World Cup http://wkar.org/post/beyond-sport-underlying-politics-world-cup <p></p><p></p><p>Once every four years, hundreds of millions of soccer fans get swept up in the excitement of the World Cup.&nbsp; The month-long spectacle begins play tomorrow in Brazil. Wed, 11 Jun 2014 16:52:20 +0000 Mark Bashore & Emanuele Berry 55031 at http://wkar.org Beyond sport, the underlying politics of the World Cup Current Sports #252 | June 10, 2014 http://wkar.org/post/current-sports-252-june-10-2014 <p>Al kicks off the show with Detroit Pistons beat writer Vince Ellis, from the Detroit Free Press. The two talk everything Pistons, and go back from the firing of Mo Cheeks to the current hiring of Stan Van Gundy. Later, Matt and Alex join to give their take on the NCAA video game lawsuit as well as the recent hiring of Derek Fisher to the New York Knicks. The top five villains in Michigan sports history closes the show.</p><p> Tue, 10 Jun 2014 18:35:57 +0000 Current Sports 54975 at http://wkar.org Lansing United kicks off inaugural season http://wkar.org/post/lansing-united-kicks-inaugural-season <p></p><p>Interest in soccer will soar this year when the World Cup is played in Brazil. With that in mind, if you were going to start a new minor league soccer franchise, a World Cup year would seem to be a good time to do it. Fri, 16 May 2014 15:57:06 +0000 Scott Pohl 53784 at http://wkar.org Lansing United kicks off inaugural season Fading down the back stretch: Michigan horse racing industry struggles to keep up http://wkar.org/post/fading-down-back-stretch-michigan-horse-racing-industry-struggles-keep <p>Horse racing fans around the country are gearing up for the <a href="http://www.kentuckyderby.com/">Kentucky Derby</a> next Saturday. The storied run that kicks off the quest for the Triple Crown will bring thousands of people to Michigan’s three horse tracks. Many will place their bets as they watch the Derby via simulcast. They’ll also come to cheer on local horses and riders who come to the tracks to test their mettle. Mon, 28 Apr 2014 18:10:06 +0000 Kevin Lavery 52862 at http://wkar.org Fading down the back stretch: Michigan horse racing industry struggles to keep up Spartans re-load at Green & White scrimmage http://wkar.org/post/spartans-re-load-green-white-scrimmage <p>About 35,000 football fans took in MSU's annual Green and White scrimmage on Saturday at Spartan Stadium. By many accounts, Michigan State showed a lot to be excited about. Mon, 28 Apr 2014 17:59:33 +0000 Al Martin & Mark Bashore 52877 at http://wkar.org Spartans re-load at Green & White scrimmage Returning to run the Boston Marathon http://wkar.org/post/returning-run-boston-marathon <p></p><p>The <a href="http://www.baa.org/">2014 Boston Marathon</a> is being run today. This longstanding tradition in the running world is even more significant to its participants this year, in light of last year’s bombing of the event. A number of people from mid-Michigan are participating, and <em>Current State's</em> Melissa Benmark catches up with one of them.</p><p> Mon, 21 Apr 2014 16:17:54 +0000 Melissa Benmark 52504 at http://wkar.org Returning to run the Boston Marathon MSU legal scholars argue student-athletes are employees http://wkar.org/post/msu-legal-scholars-argue-student-athletes-are-employees <p></p><p></p><p dir="ltr" id="docs-internal-guid-56d0be9a-4bce-f6ae-9ece-02f47dfa9107" style="line-height:1.15;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span style="font-size:16px;font-family:'Times New Roman';color:#000000;background-color:transparent;font-weight:normal;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;text-decoration:none;vertical-align:baseline;">Late last month the <a href="http://www.nlrb.gov/">National Labor Relations Board</a> (NLRB) ruled that football players at Northwestern University qualify as employees under federal law and can therefore unionize. The decision has been divisive. While some applaud the move to provide players with more rights and financial compensation, others fear that the collegiate athletic system will be destroyed by the move. Thu, 10 Apr 2014 17:34:49 +0000 Joe Linstroth & Emanuele Berry 51978 at http://wkar.org MSU legal scholars argue student-athletes are employees Covering the Olympic Games: Steve Smith and All-Star Journalist Panel http://wkar.org/post/covering-olympic-games-steve-smith-and-all-star-journalist-panel <p><strong>Thursday 4pm at WKAR </strong>| Watch the <a href="http://wkar.org/live-webcast-wkar">LIVE WEBCAST</a> or <a href="https://www.eventbrite.com/e/ssjc-all-star-panel-covering-the-olympic-games-tickets-11075371735">BE IN THE AUDIENCE</a> as an all-star panel of sports journalists share their experience covering Olympic Games around the world. Sat, 05 Apr 2014 22:43:57 +0000 editor 51751 at http://wkar.org Covering the Olympic Games: Steve Smith and All-Star Journalist Panel Preserving MSU's audiovisual history http://wkar.org/post/preserving-msus-audiovisual-history <p></p><p></p><p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.15;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-81c1ebc3-1d5e-c037-0e04-ed7dc5eb9794" style="font-size:16px;font-family:Arial;color:#222222;background-color:#ffffff;font-weight:normal;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;text-decoration:none;vertical-align:baseline;">The Michigan State Spartans had a great run through March Madness, making the Elite Eight. Coach Tom Izzo may want his team to watch the playback of Sunday’s game against the U-Conn Huskies for a little self-analysis. <a href="http://msu.edu">MSU</a> has a lot of tapes like that and other sporting events, some of which pre-date World War II. However, those old film and video clips are falling apart over time. Now, MSU is asking the public for donations to digitize those records for posterity. </span> Tue, 01 Apr 2014 17:48:29 +0000 Kevin Lavery 51510 at http://wkar.org Preserving MSU's audiovisual history Filmmaker documents Detroit, Happy Valley in transition http://wkar.org/post/filmmaker-documents-detroit-happy-valley-transition <p></p><p>http://youtu.be/-2TE6-bJNd4</p><p>Throughout the year, MSU’s Residential College in the Arts and Humanities brings in speakers and artists from around the country for their Wednesday Night Live series. This week they welcomed filmmaker <a href="http://www.erikproulx.com/">Erik Proulx</a>, who screened his short film "<a href="http://www.lemonadedetroit.com/">Lemonade: Detroit</a>." His latest film “<a href="http://www.365daysthefilm.com/">365 Days: A year in Happy Valley</a>”&nbsp; re-examines&nbsp; the Penn State scandal and looks at how the community coping. Thu, 23 Jan 2014 18:11:19 +0000 Current State 48318 at http://wkar.org Audio Postcard: Young Lansing skaters off to nationals http://wkar.org/post/audio-postcard-young-lansing-skaters-nationals <p></p><p></p><p></p><p>Five of mid-Michigan’s finest figure skaters will soon be on their way to the <a href="http://www.usfsa.org/event_details.asp?id=48191">U.S. Figure Skating Championships</a>. &nbsp;The week-long event begins January 5 in Boston. Wed, 18 Dec 2013 16:05:29 +0000 Current State 46863 at http://wkar.org Audio Postcard: Young Lansing skaters off to nationals New Big Ten champs bound for Pasadena http://wkar.org/post/new-big-ten-champs-bound-pasadena <p></p><p>Pasadena hasn't been on the MSU football itinerary since 1988. In 23 days, that will change with a Spartan <a href="http://www.rosebowlstadium.com/">Rose Bowl</a> date with Stanford. Mon, 09 Dec 2013 16:46:49 +0000 Current State 46398 at http://wkar.org New Big Ten champs bound for Pasadena Spartans clinch Legends, prep for Gophers, Big 10 title game http://wkar.org/post/spartans-clinch-legends-prep-gophers-big-10-title-game <p></p><p>The Michigan State football team is heading to Indianapolis for the second time in three years for the Big Ten championship game against the Buckeyes of Ohio State. That's on December 7. Mon, 25 Nov 2013 18:01:43 +0000 Current State 45793 at http://wkar.org Spartans clinch Legends, prep for Gophers, Big 10 title game Author compiles Bucket List for Spartan fans http://wkar.org/post/author-compiles-bucket-list-spartan-fans <p></p><p>Much has been written about Michigan State University’s rich sports history, and the latest entry in that arena is a book called “<a href="http://www.triumphbooks.com/products/100_things_michigan_state_fans_should_know___do_before_they_die/1572436654.php?page_id=14">100 Things Michigan State Fans Should Know and Do Before They Die</a>”. Mon, 25 Nov 2013 17:59:46 +0000 Current State 45792 at http://wkar.org Author compiles Bucket List for Spartan fans For some skaters, path to Sochi goes through Lansing http://wkar.org/post/some-skaters-path-sochi-goes-through-lansing <p></p><p></p><p>The road to the 22nd <a href="http://www.sochi2014.com/en/">Winter Olympic Games</a> in Sochi, Russia runs through East Lansing this week. Beginning today, the city plays host to nearly 250 athletes competing in the 2014 <a href="http://www.usfsa.org/event_details.asp?id=48189">Midwestern Sectional Figure Skating Championships</a>. Wed, 20 Nov 2013 15:28:21 +0000 Current State 45579 at http://wkar.org For some skaters, path to Sochi goes through Lansing Spartans open season with eye toward Final Four http://wkar.org/post/spartans-open-season-eye-toward-final-four <p></p><p></p><p>Another highly anticipated Michigan State basketball season tips off tonight.&nbsp; The <a href="http://www.msuspartans.com/sports/m-baskbl/msu-m-baskbl-body.html">Spartans</a> are ranked #2 in the country in the two major pre-season polls.&nbsp; MSU opens against McNeese State tonight at the Breslin Center. Fri, 08 Nov 2013 16:17:14 +0000 Current State 45008 at http://wkar.org Spartans open season with eye toward Final Four MSU defense dominates in rout of Wolverines http://wkar.org/post/msu-defense-dominates-rout-wolverines <p>The Michigan State football team is undefeated in Big Ten Conference play and in first place in the Legends Division. Overall, MSU is 8-1. Mon, 04 Nov 2013 16:10:01 +0000 Current State 44774 at http://wkar.org MSU defense dominates in rout of Wolverines MSU, U of M make Best Fight Song list http://wkar.org/post/msu-u-m-make-best-fight-song-list <p>Michigan State University football fans look forward to hearing Spartan touchdown cheers resound on the banks of the Red Cedar tomorrow, as University of Michigan faithful&nbsp; hope to repeat last year’s victorious performance. Fri, 01 Nov 2013 17:48:38 +0000 Current State 44676 at http://wkar.org MSU, U of M make Best Fight Song list Current Sports TV - Lansing Everett at Grand Ledge HS Fball Wk. 7 http://wkar.org/post/current-sports-tv-lansing-everett-grand-ledge-hs-fball-wk-7 <p>This week saw a battle in the CAAC blue conference as Grand Ledge hosted Lansing Everett. Grand Ledge pulled out a 41 to 19 win, propelling them to second place in the conference. Pretty remarkable, seeing as though the Comets started the season 0-3! Alex Scharg talked with Grand Ledge head coach Matt Bird afterward.</p><p> Thu, 17 Oct 2013 21:10:52 +0000 Current Sports 43934 at http://wkar.org Tigers' playoff past has offered respite from city woes http://wkar.org/post/tigers-playoff-past-has-offered-respite-city-woes <p>Detroit Tigers fans are again wrapped up in the drama of October madness, as the Tigers pursue another American League pennant against the Red Sox. Author <a href="http://www.johnrosengren.net/">John Rosengren</a> talks with <em>Current State&#39;s </em>Peter Whorf about how past and recent Detroit Tiger baseball teams have provided inspiration and unity for the Motor City during trying times. Mon, 14 Oct 2013 15:40:27 +0000 Current State 43744 at http://wkar.org Tigers' playoff past has offered respite from city woes WATCH NOW: Al Slamer on Current Sports | #103 http://wkar.org/post/watch-now-al-slamer-current-sports-103 <p>The guest is Al Slamer, head football coach at Holt High School. Fri, 27 Sep 2013 02:15:00 +0000 42880 at http://wkar.org WATCH NOW: Al Slamer on Current Sports | #103 Rexrode revisits Spartan penalties, playcalling in ND loss http://wkar.org/post/rexrode-revisits-spartan-penalties-playcalling-nd-loss <p>Penalties against the MSU defense were a big factor in the 17-13 loss at Notre Dame on Saturday. The coaching staff is also facing questions about the decision to replace starting quarterback Connor Cook late in the game. Mon, 23 Sep 2013 19:23:02 +0000 Current State 42734 at http://wkar.org Rexrode revisits Spartan penalties, playcalling in ND loss WATCH NOW: Greg Kelser on Current Sports | #101 http://wkar.org/post/watch-now-greg-kelser-current-sports-101 <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">On the premiere of Current Sports TV, host Al Martin talks in depth with former Spartan and NBA star Greg &quot;Special K&quot;&nbsp;</span>Kelser<span style="line-height: 1.5;">.</span><br /> Thu, 19 Sep 2013 04:33:06 +0000 41701 at http://wkar.org WATCH NOW: Greg Kelser on Current Sports | #101 Voices of the World Dwarf Games at MSU http://wkar.org/post/voices-world-dwarf-games-msu <p></p><p>All this week, 395 athletes from 17 nations have been competing in 14 events all over the MSU campus and the Lansing area as part of the 2013 World Dwarf Games.</p><p></p><p> Wed, 07 Aug 2013 19:29:38 +0000 Current State 40405 at http://wkar.org Voices of the World Dwarf Games at MSU The road to recovery for young athletes with concussions http://wkar.org/post/road-recovery-young-athletes-concussions <div><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">A recent study published in the journal </span><a href="http://pediatrics.aappublications.org/" style="line-height: 1.5;">“Pediatrics”</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> suggests that children and young adults need more time to recover from a concussion than had been thought before, especially if they’ve had a previous blow to the head. In order to avoid a second concussion, there have been calls to hold young athletes out of competition for a year after suffering a concussion.</span></p> Thu, 20 Jun 2013 17:00:59 +0000 Current State 37917 at http://wkar.org The road to recovery for young athletes with concussions Current Sports #20 | June 10, 2013 http://wkar.org/post/current-sports-20-june-10-2013 <p></p><p>We kick off our discussion of violence to referees by welcoming Daniel Jimenez, who has coached in high school and college sports for 40 years and former Lansing Eastern High School basketball head coach. Al runs through the latest in sports including the NBA Finals, the Pistons head coaching search and Spartan baseball players drafted in the MLB First-Year Player Draft. And Al and the team give their take on who will win some games on Pick'em Monday.</p> Mon, 10 Jun 2013 23:04:40 +0000 Current Sports 37345 at http://wkar.org