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Current Sports #504 | July 7, 2015

3 hours ago

All-Star Games, Snubs, Domestic Violence in Football, Andre Sims Jr., and Top Five Tuesday.


Current Sports #503 | July 6, 2015

Jul 6, 2015

Women's World Cup, Reggie Jackson's fat new contract, the Tigers' diminishing playoff hopes, and Weekend Winners.


Current Sports #502 | July 2, 2015

Jul 2, 2015

NBA Free Agency wrap up, MSU Wrestling, Throwback Thursday, the Women's World Cup, and the Detroit Tigers.


Current Sports #501 | July 1, 2015

Jul 1, 2015

Anthony Davis's HUGE contract, Jim Harbaugh, the Women's World Cup, an in-studio interview and Barbershop Wednesday.


Current Sports #500 | June 30, 2015

Jun 30, 2015

It's a special 500th episode with more than a couple blasts from the past.


Current Sports #499 | June 29, 2015

Jun 29, 2015

Mark Snyder, Tom Shanahan, Tyus Battle's decommitment, the Tigers, James McCann, and Weekend Winners.


Current Sports #498 | June 26, 2015

Jun 26, 2015

NBA Draft, Stanley Johnson, Ranting, The Confederate Flag, Branden Dawson, Current Sports Rewind, and Reflection Friday.


Current Sports #497 | June 25, 2015

Jun 25, 2015

Al and Isaac's Mock Drafts, Travis Trice, Branden Dawson, Tom Saxton, and Throwback Thursday.

  

Current Sports #496 | June 24, 2015

Jun 25, 2015

Justin Verlander, Tom Brady's Appeal, the Detroit Tigers, the NBA Draft, and a Special Guest.


Current Sports #495 | June 23, 2015

Jun 23, 2015

Athletes battling cancer, Pete Rose's gambling as a player, ESPN's dubious college football Future Power Rankings, Top Five Tuesday and so much more!


Current Sports #494 | June 22, 2015

Jun 22, 2015

Spieth and the US Open, MSU b-ball recruit Josh Langford, Olympic gymnast Jordyn Wieber, weekend winners, and Lansing United's Matt Brown.


Current Sports #493 | June 19, 2015

Jun 19, 2015

U.S. Open leaderboard, Draymond Green's future, Jesse Goldberg-Strassler talks Lugnuts and Michigan Baseball Hall of Fame, Reflection Friday


Current Sports #492 | June 18, 2015

Jun 18, 2015

Thoughts on Charleston, top ten rankings for MSU and UM recruiting, George Blaha preview, Throwback Thursday.

Current Sports #491 | June 17, 2015

Jun 17, 2015

  WKAR's Current Sports opens up with a discussion about all things Finals, and where the Warriors will go in the future. Draymond Green tacked up a triple-double in the closing game and Al and Isaac talk about what he means to the Warriors and his future. Then, the newest details of the MSU softball scandal are revealed and Al talks hockey with Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press. The show closes with 'Barbershop Wednesday', and leaves Al and Isaac exploring the uncovered side of domestic violence.


Current Sports #490 | June 16, 2015

Jun 16, 2015

The Stanley Cup playoffs have concluded, and former Spartan Duncan Keith scored in the Chicago Blackhawks' Game 6 triumph over the Tampa Bay Lightning. Keith took home the Conn Smythe trophy as well, for his performance through the playoffs. Al and Isaac analyze the game and talk about whether the Blackhawks qualify as a dynasty after winning three cups in six years. Then, the conversation shifts to another championship, with Warriors beat reporter Diamond Leung joining the show to give you the inside information regarding Game 6 of the Finals. After the chat, the show closes with a discussion about Hope Solo and the St. Louis Cardinals cheating scandal, which broke minutes before the show.


Current Sports #489 | June 15, 2015

Jun 15, 2015

Current Sports is back after a busy weekend, and kicks off with a briefing on the Michigan State Softball allegations surrounded around head coach Jacquie Joseph. Al Martin chats with Matt Charboneau, Detroit News sports reporter who has been following the story. Matt gives a detailed timeline of how the story came about. Current Sports engineer, Isaac Constans, is also back from vacation! Al and Isaac talk plenty of NBA Finals discussion, specifically pertaining to Lebron James' level of play and what it means for his legacy. The show closes with 'Weekend Winners'.


Current Sports #488 | June 12, 2015

Jun 12, 2015

On today's "Current Sports" Al Martin talks about last night's NBA Finals Game 4, in which the Golden State Warriors topped the Cleveland Cavaliers to tie the series at two games. Al addresses why LeBron James haters still exists today. We also bring to you a "Flashback Friday" chat with David Thomas and Amaka Agugua of the MSU women's basketball team. The show closes out with "Reflection Friday" and a tribute to wrestling icon Dusty Rhodes.

Current Sports #487 | June 11, 2015

Jun 11, 2015

  Today, we give you a sneak peak into tonight's "Current Sports TV" sit-down. Al Martin chats with the head coach of the Lansing Community College men's basketball team, Mike Ingram. Al also gives his thoughts on the University of Maryland approving a plan to sell beer at sporting events, as well as broadcaster Bob Costas and his thoughts on ESPN giving the Arthur Ashe Courage Award to Caitlyn Jenner. It's also "Throwback Thursday"!!!

Current Sports #486 | June 10, 2015

Jun 10, 2015

  James Moore is in the house! The former MSU fullback and founder of "Speaking with a Purpose" talks about his upcoming youth football camp. Al Martin also talks about the Cleveland Cavaliers taking a 2-1 series lead over the Golden State Warriors, giving big props to gritty guard Matthew Dellavedova. Al also briefly touches on Detroit Pistons center Andre Drummond, who is being sued for a tweet posted on social media. 

Current Sports #485 | June 9, 2015

Jun 9, 2015

On today's Current Sports, Al Martin chats with the head coach of the Lansing United men's soccer team, Eric Rudland. He touches on how the team has fared so far this season, the FIFA scandal, and the United State Women's National Soccer Team in World Cup competition. Al also gives his thoughts on the new head coach for the Detroit Red Wings, Jeff Blashill. Was it the right move? The show closes out with a special "Top 5 Tuesday"...who exactly are the top 5 athletes on the planet today?

Current Sports #484 | June 8, 2015

Jun 8, 2015

Vacation is over and Al Martin returns to the mic with a hot "Current Sports." On today's show Al breaks down why last night's Game 2 of the NBA Finals was LeBron James' greatest performance to date. Also, Simone Jardim, head coach of the MSU women's tennis team, joins Al to talk about Serena Williams capturing her 20th major championship this weekend at the French Open. Then, Al closes out the show with "Weekend Winners" and special guest Ryan Slocum of ABC12 in Flint, MI.

Current Sports #483 | May 29, 2015

May 29, 2015

  On today's Current Sports with Al Martin, we invite Mike Price of the "Miracle League of Mid-Michigan" to talk about the organization and how it allows children with disabilities to live out their athletic dreams! Al also gives CS engineer, Issac Constans, his own spelling bee in honor of the national event held last night. The show is closed out with "Reflection Friday." 

Current Sports #482 | May 28, 2015

May 28, 2015

On this Thursday's edition of Current Sports, Al and Isaac kick it off with their long-awaited discussion of whether or not the three point has harmed basketball. They also relate this to the Rockets-Warriors series and preview the NBA Finals. Then, Al and Isaac talk about the strange story of a former MSU basketball player who just went on an unexpected and unprovoked Twitter rant. Next, Al reminisces with this edition of 'Throwback Thursday'. Finally, the show closes with a discussion of Jim Harbaugh's most recent comments on MSU.  


Current Sports #481 | May 27, 2015

May 27, 2015

After FIFA's scandals have started to be revealed, Al and Isaac ponder the ripple effects that this could have on soccer and explore the past crimes of FIFA. Then, the topic of conversation shifts to the NBA and its cover boy, Lebron James. Where does Lebron stack up against the all-time greats after qualifying for his fifth straight Finals outing. To close, Al brings Brian Calloway, Lansing State Journal sports journalist, onto the show to focus on local Lansing news.   


Current Sports #480 | May 26, 2015

May 26, 2015

After a long Memorial Day weekend, Current Sports returns to the radio. Al and Isaac kick off the show trying to identify and solve the problems associated with the Tigers' three game skid. Then, Al and Isaac look back on the playoffs this year and have their opinions diverge over the punishment of Matthew Dellavedova and Al Horford. Then, hear Current State's Kevin Lavery talk about the movement for cricket in Okemos before the show closes with a belated 'Weekend Winners.'


Current Sports #479 | May 22, 2015

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.

  

Current Sports #478 | May 21, 2015

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.

Current Sports #477 | May 20, 2015

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. 

  

Current Sports #476 | May 19, 2015

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.'


Current Sports #475 | May 18, 2015

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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