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2:25 pm
Fri April 17, 2015

Current Sports #454 | April 17, 2015

It was a special day on Current Sports, as longtime engineer and personality Alex Scharg steps off the air with his final day. Callers give tribute throughout the hour and Alex looks back on some of his best memories at WKAR. Also, the Detroit Red Wings and Delton Williams are discussed along with other topics around the sports world.


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2:48 pm
Thu April 16, 2015

Current Sports #453 | April 16, 2015

The NBA playoffs are all set up, and Al and Alex analyze all of the first round matchups. They take a look back on the Pistons' season as well and examine who should win the NBA MVP. Also, listen for an exclusive sneak peek of this week's Current Sports TV interview with Richard Kincaide. And finally, 'Throwback Thursday' hosts a discussion about Jackie Robinson and other sports greats who broke down barriers. 


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2:18 pm
Wed April 15, 2015

Current Sports #452 | April 15, 2015

The murder trial of Aaron Hernandez officially has a verdict. Al and Alex break down the counts of murder and what the overall verdict means for the NFL. Later, Al and Alex preview the new addition of Jake Hartbarger to Michigan State's football team and also preview the NBA playoffs.


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2:38 pm
Tue April 14, 2015

Current Sports #451 | April 14, 2015

Sports have not started to slow down just yet, because with the conclusion of the Masters comes the contentious playoff races in the NBA and NHL. Al breaks down both situations, and talks about the Red Wings' situation in front of the net. Also,  the Tigers' shining start to the season has fueled high expectations for this year, but is it too early to draw any conclusions? Finally, Current Sports closes with an intriguing interview of Richard Kincaide who delves further into the Detroit sports situation. 


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2:31 pm
Mon April 13, 2015

Current Sports #450 | April 13, 2015

  Paul Konyndyk, a recruiting and sports reporter for Spartanmag.com, joins Al to discuss Calen Swanigan's recruitment to the MSU basketball 2015 class and other news around Spartan football and basketball. Later, Al recaps Jordan Spieth's incredible run in the 2015 Masters golf tournament and gives 'Weekend Winners.'


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3:24 pm
Fri April 10, 2015

Current Sports #449 | April 10, 2015

The week is coming to a close but the Detroit Red Wings' streak of 24 consecutive playoff appearances is not. The Red Wings clinched a birth again despite losing last night, and Al elaborates on Hockey Town's amazing feat. Also, tune in to find out who is looking like the new Tiger Woods with his performance in the Masters, and does Tiger have anything left in the tank? Finally, Al invites Kelli  Ellsworth Etchison, LAFCU Vice President of Community and Business Development, on to talk about the Lansing Lugnuts. Enjoy your weekend!


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2:47 pm
Thu April 9, 2015

Current Sports #448 | April 9, 2015

  Al has Big Ten and MSU goaltender Jake Hildebrand on Current Sports TV tonight and listeners get a sneak peak on the radio show today. Al also touches on the Tom Izzo "end-of-the-year" press conference and discusses what the injury of Joe Nathan means to the Detroit Tigers. To close, it's 'Throwback Thursday.'


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2:47 pm
Thu April 9, 2015

Current Sports #447 | April 8, 2015

  Lansing Lugnuts play-by-play announcer Jesse Goldberg-Strassler stops into the WKAR studios to preview the upcoming season and look back on the history of the standout Lugnuts players. Al also touches on the University of Michigan spring football game and predicts the playoff chances of the Detroit Red Wings.


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7:33 pm
Tue April 7, 2015

MSU Swimming Looking to Build for Future | Current Sports | WKAR

As Michigan State’s swimming and diving teams look forward to the 2015-16 season, they see this past one as a foundation.

In 2015, the women’s team scored 65 points at the Big Ten championship, placing them in 13th. The men’s team, had slightly better results, with 82 points and a 10th place finish.

And although Michigan State produced no NCAA qualifiers in the 2015 season, Matt Gianiodis, MSU’s head swimming coach, feels 2016 holds promise.

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2:27 pm
Tue April 7, 2015

Current Sports #446 | April 7, 2015

  That one shining moment in college basketball belongs to Duke, who defeated Wisconsin 68-63 in Monday night's National Championship. Al Martin covers all facets of the game, including Duke's stellar freshmen and coach Mike Krzyzewski's legacy. Also, the Detroit Tigers start the season with a win against the Minnesota Twins. Al talks about the stellar performance from David Price and addresses his concerns with the bullpen.  Finally, Current Sports beat reporter Dominique Oden interviews Darus Ward, the head coach of the Okemos girls' soccer team.


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2:19 pm
Mon April 6, 2015

Current Sports #445 | April 6, 2015

  The road has ended for Michigan State men's basketball and Al is back with Alex to recap what happened. The two recap the season, preview next year's team and dive into Opening Day for the Detroit Tigers. Towards the end of the show, Al gives his weekend winners and paints the picture for listeners what the atmosphere was like in downtown Indianapolis.


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1:50 am
Mon April 6, 2015

A Season of Improbability | Current Sports | WKAR

The Duke Blue Devils topped the Michigan State men's basketball team in the Final Four on Saturday, 81 to 61 the final. Justise Winslow scored 19 points, fellow freshman Jahlil Okafor added 18 and senior Quinn Cook had 17 points for Duke. Denzel Valentine lead the way with 22 points and 11 rebounds for the Spartans. 

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6:42 pm
Fri April 3, 2015

WKAR's "Current Sports" at the Final Four | Current Sports | WKAR

Michigan State is making its ninth trip to the Final Four in school history, including its seventh under Tom Izzo. The Spartans will be taking on the Duke Blue Devils Saturday night at 6:09pm. 

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11:52 pm
Thu April 2, 2015

Swimming, from One Country to the Next | Current Sports | WKAR

Elizabeth "Lizzie" Brown (MSU Junior Swimmer)
Credit MSU Athletics

EAST LANSING, Mich. -- Lizzie Brown, from Ashburton, New Zealand, wasn’t ready to give up swimming upon graduating high school. But taking time off from academics wasn’t ideal for her either.

Lachie McLeish, from Sydney, Australia, wanted the best of both worlds, working towards a college degree while remaining a competitive swimmer.

In the end, both swimmers found a way to do just that, but it wasn’t in their home countries. International college athletes are drawn to travel to the U.S. for college, for the education and athletic opportunities alike.

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11:41 pm
Thu April 2, 2015

Everett’s Leandre Wright finding his game | Current Sports | WKAR

The Lansing Everett Boy's Basketball team poses with the Class A regional championship trophy.
Credit Chris Hauler

LANSING - An hour before tipoff, the line stretched out the door and into the parking lot.            

Fans didn’t seem to mind the cool evening air as they waited patiently for a chance to watch Lansing Everett battle Kalamazoo Central for a Class A regional championship.

The gym filled long before tipoff with fans uncomfortably seated elbow-to-elbow. Those on time found refuge by sitting in aisle. And fans arriving 30 minutes before game time were forced to the standing room only section.

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2:11 pm
Thu April 2, 2015

Current Sports #444 | April 2, 2015

Al opens the show fielding callers who talk about Michigan State basketball's Final Four road and the state of Michigan football under new head coach, Jim Harbaugh. Later, listeners get a sneak peak into tonight's Current Sports TV episode with John Johnson from the MHSAA. To close, Justin Verlander and other sports topics hit the airwaves.


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2:14 pm
Wed April 1, 2015

Current Sports #443 | April 1, 2015

 More NFL infidelities have leaked and it has sparked up a lot of discussion. Al and Alex hit on these while also touching on the comments made by Joe Lombardi that Detroit Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford needs to air the ball out more. Later, they debate whether Auburn should be upset with Michigan football hosting recruiting camps in Alabama and close the show with other issues around the world of sports.


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2:35 pm
Tue March 31, 2015

Current Sports #442 | March 31, 2015

 The Final Four is fastly approaching, and Current Sports has all the latest angles, analysis, and news regarding Michigan State vs. Duke.

A "religious freedom" law in Indiana has led some from the sports world to request a reassignment and relocation of the Final Four. Al Martin and Alex Scharg debate about this...

Also, a fantastic interview with Al and Derek Blalock, who will ride his bike from East Lansing to Indianapolis starting tomorrow to raise money for the Thomas Smith Memorial Foundation, named after one of Derek's high school friends who died of an over enlarged heart. The foundation funds heart screening for youth athletes. .

Lastly,''Top Five Tuesday' takes an interesting turn this week, with the reasons why Michigan State "shouldn't be" in the Final Four. 


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2:22 pm
Mon March 30, 2015

Current Sports #441 | March 30, 2015

The MSU Men's basketball team did the improbable and made it to the Final Four with a win over Louisville. Current Sports host, Al Martin, 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 engineer, Alex Scharg, provide 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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