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2:31 pm
Fri May 22, 2015

Current Sports #479 | May 22, 2015

  Today is the last Current Sports for three days. That's right, Memorial Day is a day off for Al and Isaac. However, this show end-to-end covers the details of the Mike Babcock departure, the Golden State-Houston series, and so much more. After the Current Sports voices open up on Mike Babcock, they analyze the Harden-Curry duel taking place, and whether the Rockets should have called a timeout on their final possession. Then, Al brings Ali Easley, founder of the Help A Willing Kid Foundation, in to discuss his foundation's work and latest recognition. The show closes with Reflection Friday and the possible revealing of Al and Isaac's shared celebrity crush... on the field.

  

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2:38 pm
Thu May 21, 2015

Current Sports #478 | May 21, 2015

  There is no show on record yet, but it doesn't mean there was no show. Current Sports had a recruiting focus today, with Al telling the story of his journey to Detroit and his encounter with former MSU commit Jayru Campbell. This discussion morphs into a broad discussion of the rights of college athletes and recruits, and the resources that should be made available to athletes in order to help them deal with that new fame.

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2:40 pm
Wed May 20, 2015

Current Sports #477 | May 20, 2015

The Pistons, as probability predicted, picked up the eighth pick in last night's NBA Lottery. Al and Isaac disagree on who the Pistons should try to draft with that eighth pick, and then go on to cover the NBA playoffs before the appearance of the esteemed Current Sports guest of the day. Gene Washington, MSU football legend, joins the show to follow up on an interview of his daughter Maya about their new documentary "Through the Banks of the Red Cedar". After that exclusive conversation, Al and Isaac close the show talking about the Red Wings' attempts at resigning Mike Babcock and more Deflategate. 

  

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2:26 pm
Tue May 19, 2015

Current Sports #476 | May 19, 2015

After Monday's opening round of games for the Diamond Classic, Al and Isaac elaborate on their thoughts about the first two games and the chances of Lansing Catholic against defending champions Grand Ledge. This topic expands to the larger issue of baseball's decline amongst the youth and African Americans. Then, hear the latest news about Deflategate as Robert Kraft's press conference occurs simultaneously with the show. Finally, Al and Isaac try to address the Pistons' needs with the awaiting draft lottery for 'Top Five Tuesday.'


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2:38 pm
Mon May 18, 2015

Current Sports #475 | May 18, 2015

The weekend left sports fans with plenty to chatter about for the week to come. After a dominating win in the Preakness Stakes, hear Al and Isaac give their thoughts on whether American Pharaoh has a chance to win the untouchable Triple Crown. Miguel Cabrera's 400th home run also sent ripples around Michigan, so Current Sports houses the talk about where Cabrera ranks among current and all-time batters. Then, the NBA conference finals are previewed before Al brings Walt Drenth, director of Michigan State track and field and cross country, onto the show to talk about the women's track team's victory over the weekend. The show closes with Weekend Winners.


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2:28 pm
Fri May 15, 2015

Current Sports #474 | May 15, 2015

  You made it, people. The week is almost over. This Current Sports, dedicated to BB King, Al and Isaac argue about whether Michael Jordan, at his current age, could take one game in a one-on-one series against Lebron James. Then, the conversation shifts to Le'veon Bell's response to his suspension after his arrest for DUI and possession of marijuana. Maya Washington, daughter of MSU legend Gene Washington, calls in to the show to discuss her new movie, "Through The Banks of the Red Cedar", and how the MSU football teams of the 1960's advanced the rights of African Americans. Then, the show closes out with Reflection Friday, a look back on the week's best.


Sports
2:35 pm
Thu May 14, 2015

Current Sports #473 | May 14, 2015

  Current Sports kicks off the show decoding the new Chris Webber-Jalen Rose square-off that has developed in light of Weber's comments about the 'Fab Five' 30 for 30 documentary that Rose helped to produce. Then, Tori Franklin, triple jump competitor for Michigan State's track and field team, joins the show to enlighten the listeners about the "Big Ten's", the track competition that will be landing in East Lansing on Friday. Next, Al and Isaac review the NBA and NHL playoffs, giving predictions for both brackets, and Isaac elaborates on his cool connection with the new Madden cover boy, Odell Beckham Jr. And, like every Thursday, Current Sports hosts 'Throwback Thursday' to teach you sports trivia  of days past.


Sports
6:05 pm
Wed May 13, 2015

Indigo and Minkel | Current Sports | WKAR

Coach Minkel and Indigo
Credit Matt Argillander

EAST LANSING - Waddling around the wrestling room at IM Sports West is MSU wrestling head coach Tom Minkel’s “child”. However, Indigo is no ordinary child – she is Minkel’s 17-year-old female hyacinth macaw.

“She’s smart, she’s fun, but she’s like having a permanent three-year-old child forever. They don’t grow up, they don’t mature,” Minkel said.

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5:52 pm
Wed May 13, 2015

Let's Play Ball: Cuban Style | Current Sports | WKAR

Packed stands at Estadio Latinoamericano, the home of the Industriales Blue Lions.
Credit Lia Kamana

I traveled to Cuba over spring break this past March and I didn’t know what would be waiting for me when the plane landed in Havana. The most I knew about Cuba was what I learned from my friend, and traveling companion, Erin. She studied abroad in Havana for five months in summer 2014, and fell in love with the country, its people and its culture.

She was so excited to share it with me and for me to experience it for myself.

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2:57 pm
Wed May 13, 2015

Current Sports #472 | May 13, 2015

  Today's show is full of different voices on the air, as Current Sports has not one, but two guests. Troy Matlock, the new head coach of Lansing Eastern football, joins the show to discuss how he plans to improve a team that only won three games in the past four years. Then, Al and Isaac talk about their favorite "30 for 30" documentaries, in response to Chris Webber's comments about the 'Fab Five.' Finally, Chris Gandy of the "Those Detroit Guys" podcast calls in to talk about his mission, his show, and Detroit sports.   


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2:34 pm
Tue May 12, 2015

Current Sports #471 | May 12, 2015

 The 'Deflategate' punishments have been finally handed down, but did the NFL get this one right? Current Sports discusses the news as callers also chime in with their takes. Then, Al brings Nick Germano of the Insane Inflatable 5K to discuss the new competition that will be stopping in Lansing. Several pieces of breaking news come in during the show, and Al and Isaac provide their first reactions. Then, all attention turns to college violations, both Michigan's recruiting violations and questions about Tim Beckman's coaching, to end the show.


Sports
2:19 pm
Mon May 11, 2015

Current Sports #470 | May 11, 2015

 Although only the last 10 minutes of the show were recorded, Monday's Current Sports still has plenty to check up on. Al and Isaac review the Meredith Boxberger interview, with their competitive eating escapades paling in comparison to the 17th ranked competitive eater in the world. Then, Weekend Winners runs the rest of the show.


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2:42 pm
Fri May 8, 2015

Current Sports #469 | May 8, 2015

It's graduation day for many Michigan State seniors, and Current Sports with Al Martin sends some advice their way regarding financial stability. Denzell Wright, a financial advisor for Northwestern Mutual and a Michigan State graduate, is in the booth to talk about how athletes lose such large sums of cash. His advice extends beyond athletics, however, and is applicable for anyone.

Also, Al and Isaac hypothesize about the reasons beyond Caleb Swanigan's recommitment from MSU. Could that have a ripple effect to other recruits?


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2:28 pm
Fri May 8, 2015

Current Sports #468 | May 7, 2015

Current Sports with Al Martin starts off with a bang today as the show begins with discussions on "Deflategate." What exactly should happen to New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady? Al, CS engineer Isaac Constans, and callers debate the issue.

"Current State" reporter Scott Pohl heads to Ann Arbor to visit the only golf course in Michigan that provides "golfboarding" as a way of getting around the green! Hear Pohl's experience, as well as from those that have tried it. Could this spark golf interest for the young generation?

Lastly, we close out the show with "Throwback Thursday." 


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2:25 pm
Wed May 6, 2015

Current Sports #467 | May 6, 2015

 

  On today's Current Sports, Al recounts the career and crimes of Titus Young, the former Lions receiver, who recently was sentenced to five years of probation. Young is part of a bigger problem in sports, the failure to recognize the prevalent problem of mental health, and Al provides anecdotes and examples of other athletes who faced similar problems. Then, Current Sports has Greg Kampe, head coach of Oakland men's basketball, on to talk about his efforts to end cancer, and how people can contribute. 


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2:35 pm
Tue May 5, 2015

Current Sports #466 | May 5, 2015

Happy Cinco de Mayo! Today's Current Sports features a discussion about athletes on social media and American Pharaoh, winner of the Kentucky Derby. Is sports media too quick to jump towards Triple Crown talks? Then, Al brings Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press to the show to discuss the Detroit Lions' offseason. The show is not complete until 'Top Five Tuesday', which features Al and Isaac's top five overhyped sporting events. 


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6:16 pm
Mon May 4, 2015

Current Sports #465 | May 4, 2015

In case you missed it, this Saturday was one of the biggest days in sports history. With the NFL Draft, Kentucky Derby, Clippers-Spurs Game 7, and the Mayweather-Pacquiao fight, Al and Isaac have a long series of discussions and debates about the big stories from the weekend. Also, Steph Curry was named the NBA MVP Monday morning, which splits opinions in the Current Sports camp. The show finishes with Weekend Winners, and Al's top spot is a bit of a surprise amidst all of  the celebrated sporting events of the weekend.


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3:18 pm
Fri May 1, 2015

Current Sports #464 | May 1, 2015

  It is Friday, May 1, and there is no better way to kick off the month than a little bit of draft day talk. Al, Isaac and Ben, one of the great Current Sports interns who is on his last day, chat about all of the Day 1 drama, including the selection of Trae Waynes and the Lions' unforeseen move. Also, learn about the latest uproar caused by now-Buccaneer Jameis Winston directly proceeding his first overall selection. Then, to close the show, Andre Hutson, MSU men's basketball legend and owner of Conquest Health and Fitness, joins Current Sports on line one to talk about an assortment of topics.


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2:42 pm
Thu April 30, 2015

Current Sports #463 | April 30, 2015

  It's the last day of April, and the Red Wings have, once again, been eliminated from the first round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs. Al and Isaac discuss what this means for the team's future. Also, the Current Sports staff provides their insights (and guesses) on who the Lions will pick in the NFL Draft, considering the mercurial nature of their draft picks in the past. Finally, Jeremy Sampson, owner and founder of Lansing United, joins the show as he prepares his team to embark on their second season as a club.


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5:33 pm
Wed April 29, 2015

Current Sports #462 | April 29, 2015

  Happy 'Hump Day,' Current Sports fans! On this show, Al brings you all of the latest news regarding the Red Wings, and how they will perform with Kronwall's absence, after his Game 6 hit was deemed worthy of suspension by the NHL. The NBA playoffs are also progressing interestingly, with the Clippers-Spurs series taking a turn in the Spurs favor, as they went up 3-2 Tuesday night as Game 6 awaiting the teams in San Antonio. Finally, enjoy a preview Al's special segment for this week's Current Sports TV and prepare yourself for a noteworthy story about Manny Pacquiao.


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2:32 pm
Tue April 28, 2015

Current Sports #461 | April 28, 2015

  After suffering a devastating home loss to the Lightning, the Red Wings have to travel back to Tampa Bay for Game 7. Al and Isaac weight the Red Wings' chances of winning and progressing to the next round. 

Next, Current Sports is all things Mayweather-Pacquiao for the final half of the show. In a round table discussion, the Current Sports staff talks about each fighter's keys and chances, the possibility of a boycott because of Mayweather's past domestic assault offenses, and the top five reasons why each fighter will win.


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3:55 pm
Mon April 27, 2015

Current Sports #460 | April 27, 2015

  On this edition of Current Sports, Al reviews the Michigan State spring game, identifying the stars of the game and describing the recruits who committed after seeing the crowd of 48,000. Also, the Red Wings hold a 3-2 series lead over the Lightning, but is Game 6 at Joe Louis a must win for Detroit? Finally, with the 'Fight of the Century' looming, all the latest news, analysis, and predictions are addressed for the May 2 fight.


Sports
8:23 pm
Sat April 25, 2015

White Tops Green in MSU Spring Game | Current Sports | WKAR

The White team defeated the Green, 9-3, Saturday afternoon at Spartan Stadium for the annual Spring Game. A total of 48,000 fans showed up for the afternoon exhibition matchup, just shy of Mark Dantonio's goal of 50K.

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12:22 pm
Sat April 25, 2015

Head Above Water | Current Sports | WKAR

Credit Alan Holben/CAAC

LANSING - For anyone that has swam, you know the effort it takes just to doggy paddle around the kiddie pool, let alone swim competitively day in and day out. It is no question that swimmers are some of the best athletes on the planet. 

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2:59 pm
Fri April 24, 2015

Current Sports #459 | April 24, 2015

 April 23 was a Thursday of turmoil. The Red Wings relinquished a 2-0 lead to the Lightning and lost a 3-2 game that could prove crucial in the series' outcome. Also, the Golden State Warriors made history with a dramatic fourth quarter comeback against Isaac's New Orleans Pelicans. Al uses this game as more evidence for why Steph Curry is the greatest shooter of all time and Isaac details what it was like to be a Pelicans fan during that cataclysmic collapse. Then, the Current Sports TV interview is replayed, just in case you missed it. Finally, Al reflects on this busy week with 'Reflection Friday.'


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2:25 pm
Thu April 23, 2015

Current Sports #458 | April 23, 2015

  Messiah deWeaver, the eighth-ranked pro-style quarterback in the 2016 recruiting class, recently announced his commitment to Michigan State, but how big of a get is he for the Spartans? Al Martin shares his thoughts, also hear Al's take on whether Mark Dantonio's expectation of 50,000 fans is reasonable or fair.

Joe Nathan is set to miss the rest of the season for the Tigers, which will hand all of the ninth inning responsibilities to Joakim Soria. The impact of Nathan's injury is discussed.

Finally, listen to hear Al and Isaac debate the merits of the 'Hack-a-Shaq' strategy in the NBA and a remembrance of Howard Cosell on today's "Throwback Thursday" segment.


Sports
7:14 pm
Wed April 22, 2015

Love Match on MSU Softball Diamond | Current Sports | WKAR

Credit Andrea Harrison

EAST LANSING, Mich. -- One phone call changed everything for Andrea Harrison.

After a two-time, All-America softball career at UCLA, Harrison coached softball for two years at Norman High School in Oklahoma at age 23.

It was her first coaching gig, an exciting new start doing something she loved. It was a job where she could use her knowledge from winning a national championship as a sophomore at UCLA and help teach young people how to succeed.

Shortly after she started coaching, Harrison received a call that threw her plans in a loop.

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4:57 pm
Wed April 22, 2015

Current Sports #457 | April 22, 2015

  All of the hype in East Lansing is surrounding the Michigan State spring football game, where Mark Dantonio expects 50,000 fans. To discuss spring football and the state of the Michigan State team, Al invites MSU senior linebacker Darien Harris into the studio. Also, the Red Wings took a 2-1 series lead against the Lightning and Current Sports covers all of the hot takes on that game. Finally, hear Isaac and Al debate whether Scott Brooks deserved to be fired and the initial reaction to Joe Nathan's injury.


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4:42 pm
Tue April 21, 2015

Current Sports #456 | April 21, 2015

Al Martin begins today's "Current Sports" by talking about the Floyd Mayweather Jr. comments about the famed boxer believing he is better than the great Muhammad Ali. Al invites callers to join the conversation.

The Detroit Tigers move their record to 11-2 after topping the New York Yankees last night. Al talks about how this team has been able to get off to the right track and believes a "closer controversy" will ensue if Joakim Soria continues his hot play in the absence of Joe Nathan.

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4:53 pm
Mon April 20, 2015

Current Sports #455 | April 18, 2015

  In an exciting edition of Current Sports, there is no lack of sports discussion as both the NHL and NBA playoffs have begun, filled with lots of action. After a promising first game, the Red Wings were demolished in Game 2 by the Lightning and Current Sports discusses the latest on the goalie situation in Detroit. Also, Al invites Okemos basketball star Connor George on to the show as they talk about his recent commitment to Michigan State. 


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