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2:22 pm
Mon March 30, 2015

Current Sports #441 | March 30, 2015

  Men's basketball did the improbable and made it to the Final Four with a win over Louisville. Al shockingly analyzes the game over the weekend and invites ABC-12 Sports Reporter Ryan Slocum on the air to give his take as he covered the game at Syracuse. Later, Al and Alex give their weekend winners and give a sneak peak into tomorrow's Current Sports guest.


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3:40 pm
Fri March 27, 2015

Current Sports #440 | March 27, 2015

Get your coffee ready because today is the day! MSU plays Oklahoma for the chance to play in the Elite Eight, and Al prepares you with all of the stats and all of the knowledge regarding the important matchup. In this tournament special, the first half of the Sweet Sixteen is finalized and up for analysis, including Kentucky's dominance, and Notre Dame's impressive performance against Wichita State. Get ready for the big game tonight with Current Sports on WKAR. 


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3:31 pm
Thu March 26, 2015

Current Sports #439 | March 26, 2015

 Spring football quickly approaches, so Al and Alex give listeners what to watch for during the spring game and analyze positions on the football roster. Later, Al gives listeners a sneak peak into tonight's Current Sports TV episode with Okemos' head hockey coach. Closing the show, Lauren Verrusio, a Google Trends expert, breaks down the most searched topics during March Madness.


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2:37 pm
Wed March 25, 2015

Current Sports #438 | March 25, 2015

  The game of the century took place last night with Muskegon and Lansing Everett. MLive reporter Chris Hauler recaps the game with Al to start and then former Lansing Catholic coach Darren Zwick comes on the show to discuss his move to Florida. Later, Alex joins in to touch on the Detroit Pistons and concussions in sports.


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11:35 pm
Tue March 24, 2015

Everett Punches Ticket to the Breslin Center | Current Sports | WKAR

Trevor Manuel had 24 points as the No. 9-ranked Lansing Everett Vikings boy's basketball team posted a 75-52 victory over defending state champion and No. 2 Muskegon in front of a capacity crowd in a Class A quarterfinal at Eastern's Don Johnson Fieldhouse.

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2:23 pm
Tue March 24, 2015

Current Sports #437 | March 24, 2015

  It's a busy Tuesday, with discussion centered on one of the biggest Michigan high school hoops games of the year, Lansing Everett vs. Muskegon. We also have sound-clips from MSU head football coach Mark Dantonio and msu men's basketball coach Tom Izzo from their morning press conferences. "Current Sports with Al Martin" has all of the big stories covered!

Also, Chris Solari of the Lansing State Journal chats with Al to talk about the success of Michigan State men's basketball team in the tournament and their chances against Oklahoma. Finally, the show closes out with the 'Top 5 Michigan State Tournament Moments." Listen here! 


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4:20 pm
Mon March 23, 2015

Gene Orlando Builds Legacy at MSU | Current Sports | WKAR

MSU head men's tennis coach, Gene Orlando, providing instruction.
Credit Spencer Impellizzeri

EAST LANSING – For the last two decades, Gene Orlando has been the face of tennis in East Lansing. Orlando is in his 24th season as the Michigan State men’s tennis coach and he has made his mark on the program.

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1:17 am
Sun March 22, 2015

DeWitt Falls to Marian in State Title Game | Current Sports | WKAR

The No. 4-ranked DeWitt girls basketball team fell to No. 1-ranked Bloomfield Hills Marian in the Class A state championship game, 51-37, on Saturday afternoon at the Breslin Center. 

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12:41 am
Sun March 22, 2015

Reid and McCullen After Loss in State Championship | Current Sports | WKAR

DeWitt senior guard, and Princeton commit, Claudia Reid, along with Panthers coach Bill McCullen, talk to WKAR's Al Martin after the loss in the Class A state championship game to Bloomfield Hills Marian. 

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6:56 pm
Sat March 21, 2015

Big Ten Season Begins for Spartan Softball | Current Sports | WKAR

Credit MSU Athletics

EAST LANSING - Following its 27-game non-conference slate, there’s a different feeling around the Michigan State softball program heading into the Big Ten season compared from a year ago.

Junior second baseman Jacquie Reiser, who hit her first career home run in a 12-0 rout of Alabama A&M last weekend, said the team learned they can play with any team in the non-conference schedule.

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10:44 pm
Fri March 20, 2015

State Championship for Haslett Now One Game Away | Current Sports | WKAR

The No. 8 Haslett Vikings girls basketball team defeated Benton Harbor in the Class B state semifinal, 63 to 52, at the Breslin Center to advance to the state championship tomorrow at 6pm against Detroit Country Day. Senior Forward Makenna Ott lead the team with 16 points and eight rebounds, as four of the five Vikings starters scored in double-digits. 

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2:21 pm
Thu March 19, 2015

Current Sports #435 | March 19, 2015

  It is that time of year, and "Current Sports" is here to give you all that you need to know regarding day one of the Round of 64. Al Martin provides analysis and updates on the Notre Dame-Northeastern and UAB-Iowa State duels. Also, what is the big problem with the NCAA's "harsh" punishment of Syracuse? Finally, tune in for a preview of this week's Current Sports TV interview with Al Martin and author of "Tony Zale: The Man of Steel," Thad Zale. 


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2:40 pm
Wed March 18, 2015

Current Sports #434 | March 18, 2015

  March Madness is here and Al breaks down all of the NCAA tournament regions with the, "man behind the glass," Alex Scharg. Later, they predict whether the Detroit Pistons will make the playoffs and recap the Delton Williams road rage incident. To close, concussions in sports is touched on.


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2:40 pm
Wed March 18, 2015

Current Sports #432 | March 16, 2015

  Michigan State men's basketball had a triumphant run in the Big Ten tournament but came inches short from winning the championship. Al and Alex recap stories on the road and break down the games from the tournament. The duo later discusses all things March Madness.


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2:19 pm
Tue March 17, 2015

Current Sports #433 | March 17, 2015

Happy St. Patrick's Day and Happy Tuesday! There is a lot to discuss on this edition of Current Sports with Al Martin, especially the release of the NCAA Men's Bracket. How far could MSU go and who is going to shock the nation this year? Al brings on Drew Sharp, sports columnist for the Detroit Free Press, to help answer some of the toughest questions about this year's bracket. Also, breaking news on air came out of the MSU football camp concerning MSU running back Delton Williams, who has been suspended from the team.

Lastly,  the top five moments in NCAA tournament history star in today's 'Top Five Tuesday' segment. Let the MADNESS begin!!!


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2:20 am
Mon March 16, 2015

What Could've Been | Current Sports | WKAR

Wisconsin outscored Michigan State 11-0 in an overtime thriller on Sunday for an 80-69 victory in the Big Ten Tournament championship game.

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7:25 pm
Sat March 14, 2015

Spartans Continue Redemption Tour | Current Sports | WKAR

Travis Trice scored 20 points, Branden Dawson added 17 points and eight rebounds and Michigan State fought back to beat No. 8 Maryland on Saturday in the Big Ten tournament semifinals in Chicago. 

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4:11 am
Sat March 14, 2015

Spartans Take Care of Buckeyes in Chicago | Current Sports | WKAR

The Michigan State men's basketball team beat Ohio State, 76-67, at the United Center in Chicago, IL, moving on to the semifinals of the Big Ten Tournament.  

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4:58 pm
Wed March 11, 2015

Current Sports #431 | March 11, 2015

  Alex Scharg fills in for Al today as host. He recaps the Haloti Ngata signing and gives analysis on whether it was a good or poor trade for the Detroit Lions. Later, MSU Impact Sports hockey reporter Brian Bobal joins Scharg to give more perspective on the MSU hockey season following Tom Anastos' appearance on the Current Sports radio show yesterday. Finally, Scharg touches on the Detroit Pistons and the Big Ten basketball tournament.

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11:04 pm
Mon March 9, 2015

East Lansing’s Morse Shoots for Soccer’s Top | Current Sports | WKAR

Morse holding a plaque from the U-17 NTC Invitational in Carson, California.
Credit Zoe Morse

EAST LANSING – Zoe Morse, a junior at East Lansing High, has been in love with soccer since she was a little girl. Recognized as an All-American and representing the U.S. as part of the Women’s National Team, she’s beginning to realize her dreams of playing in the World Cup are within reach.

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2:12 pm
Mon March 9, 2015

Current Sports #429 | March 9, 2015

  The verdict is in and Ndamokung Suh is no longer a Detroit Lion. Al breaks down what happened and also about what the Lions could have done to keep Suh in the blue. Later, Al chats with head coach Bill McCullen about DeWitt's season and the continued run against Ann Arbor Huron. To close, it's 'Weekend Winners.'

  

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2:30 pm
Fri March 6, 2015

Current Sports #428 | March 6, 2015

  In a shocking development, the NCAA brought the hammer down on Syracuse because of the school's student athlete academic violations, resulting in lost scholarships and vacated wins. Al Martin tackles this hot topic and gets responses from a variety of callers, including a professor to offer her take on whether athletes receive preferential treatment. Michigan State basketball has had a busy week, for both the men's and women's. Tune in to hear the latest on both of the Spartan teams. Finally, no week is complete without a weekly reflection, so tune in to hear what you missed earlier in the week.


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2:18 pm
Thu March 5, 2015

Current Sports #427 | March 5, 2015

  The Michigan State men's basketball team came up big last night against Purdue! It was also "Senior Night," as Branden Dawson, Travis Trice, and Keenan Wetzel said goodbye to the Breslin Center.  Al recaps the game and discusses the  surprising arrest of MSU wide receiver Macgarrett Kings Jr. Later, Chris Hauler, from MLIVE.com, takes listeners into the mind of Lansing Everett's Trevor Manuel and previews high school basketball around the area. To close, Al touches on the Detroit Pistons and 'Throwback Thursday.'


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1:59 am
Thu March 5, 2015

Spartans Get Physical | Current Sports | WKAR

Travis Trice equaled a career high with 27 points and Matt Costello lifted Michigan State at both ends of the court, helping the Spartans to a 72-66 victory over Purdue on Wednesday night. Michigan State played the entire second half without Branden Dawson, who appeared to take a shot to the head and was limited to nine minutes on senior night.

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3:35 pm
Wed March 4, 2015

Manuel Doesn’t Follow Hometown Hero Route, but Strives for Greatness | Current Sports | WKAR

Trevor Manuel anticipates the jump-ball against Grand Ledge.
Credit Chris Hauler

LANSING--- Lansing Everett’s gym echoes with the sound of sneakers squeaking across the hardwood. The energy level was high, matching a fresh team, not one at the end of a grinding regular season.

Forward Trevor Manuel sweated profusely as he raced up and down the court, barking out defensive assignments and swatting shots. Manuel was working hard, under the banner of Everett’s most famous alumni, Earvin “Magic” Johnson.

Manuel competes like an athlete fighting for minutes, rather than a star player for a team that already won its conference championship.

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2:18 pm
Wed March 4, 2015

Current Sports #426 | March 4, 2015

  The East Lansing boy's basketball team are the hottest team in Mid-Michigan! Coming off a win over Lansing Catholic last night, they are now winners of nine of the last 10 games! Al chats with head coach Steve Finamore about what has "clicked" for the Trojans.  Al also discusses the tragedy of Hank Gathers 25 years ago to the day, and also dives into the Michigan and Michigan State basketball men's basketball teams. 


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5:33 pm
Tue March 3, 2015

VIDEO: MSU Football Winter Conditioning | Current Sports | WKAR

Snow may be on the ground, but that doesn't stop the MSU football team from getting in the gym to prepare for another college football season. Mark Dantonio and his team held winter conditioning today at the indoor practice facility. Check out footage from the session here. 

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2:39 pm
Tue March 3, 2015

Current Sports #425 | March 3, 2015

  On today's show, Al recaps the High School basketball girls district action from last night. TJ Hawkins, head coach of Lansing Waverly chats with Al about "March Madness." Al then discusses the confusion surrounding the Tom Izzo comments about Kentucky. Also, the Lions made some shakeups with signing of Dan Orlovsky, but with the Ndamokung Suh decision still impending, there is plenty to be discussed about Detroit football. Finally, on this 'Top Five Tuesday', Al and Alex share their favorite Suh moments.


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9:46 pm
Mon March 2, 2015

VIDEO: Al Martin Interviews TJ Hawkins | WKAR | Current Sports

Al Martin interviews the head coach of the Waverly girls basketball team, TJ Hawkins, after their win over Okemos in the district tournament on Monday night. 

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9:43 pm
Mon March 2, 2015

VIDEO: Waverly Girls Top Okemos to Keep Season Alive | Current Sports | WKAR

The Waverly girls basketball team tops Okemos on the road, 65 to 16 the final. TJ Hawkins and the Warriors, who have spent time just outside the top 10 in the Class A rankings all year, now move on in the district tournament. Watch hilights from Monday night's game here. 

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