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2:23 pm
Thu November 13, 2014

Current Sports #359 | November 12, 2014

Starting hump day, the new college football rankings are out and Al gives analysis. Midway through the show, Al chats with MSU alum Alex Yavaraski who works for the Carolina Panthers Television Network. The two talk journalism and fantasy football. To close, it's 'Barbershop Wednesday' and the student-athlete is debated.


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2:27 pm
Tue November 11, 2014

Current Sports #358 | November 11, 2014

Happy Veterans Day! To thank all of the veterans and soldiers of the United States Military, Current Sports takes a minute to remember the great athletes who served their country. Al also picks the brain of Eaton Rapids football head coach, Mike Smith, who is leading the Greyhounds out of the shadows and into the upper echelon of high school football. For 'Top Five Tuesday', Al and Alex give their worst celebrations.


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2:17 pm
Mon November 10, 2014

Current Sports #357 | November 10, 2014

Al provides a breakdown of the Michigan State loss to Ohio State. Hear his report from Spartan Stadium, as well as remarks on this MSU football season being a "failure." Alex sparks up some debate with comments on the student section (yes, again) leaving early. Later, Al then talks Detroit Lions. Are fans are now sipping the Kool-Aid after yesterday's win over the Miami Dolphins? "Weekend Winners" then close the show out. 


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11:46 pm
Sun November 9, 2014

VIDEO: Ohio State / MSU Game Recap | Current Sports | WKAR

WKAR's Al Martin reports from Spartan Stadium on the aftermath of MSU's defeat to Ohio State, 49 to 37 the final. The four-team playoff hopes of the Spartans have now vanished, and the Spartans now try to lick their wounds and find other motivators to finish the season strong.  The Buckeyes have not lost at Spartan Stadium since 1999 and have defeated Michigan State four times in the past six games.

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2:13 pm
Fri November 7, 2014

Current Sports #356 | November 7, 2014

The big game is one day away, and the team debates whether the Ohio State and Michigan State football game on Saturday is the biggest game in Mark Dantonio's tenure. Later, Mike Kohon gives some insight on the momentum in high school football this weekend and gives his picks. To close, it's 'Reflection Friday.'


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2:13 pm
Thu November 6, 2014

Current Sports #355 | November 6, 2014

The days are drawing near, and Al kicks off the show previewing the Ohio State and Michigan State upcoming football game. Tensions are flaring between Ohio State's Braxton Miller and Michigan State's Taiwan Jones, so Al gives his take on the situation. Later, listeners get a sneak peak into Current Sports TV tonight with Lindsey Hunter. To close, it's 'Throwback Thursday.'


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2:09 pm
Thu November 6, 2014

Current Sports #354 | November 5, 2014

Special guests are the feature on this show, as Michigan Bulletin's Ernie Boone previews the big game this weekend with Al to start the show. Later, we get an interview with the head coach of East Lansing soccer regarding the recent championship over Bloomfield Hills Cranbrook-Kingswood. To close, it's more MSU football.


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2:19 pm
Tue November 4, 2014

Current Sports #353 | November 4, 2014

Today on the show, Al discusses the Michigan State men's basketball team's win in the opening exhibition game against Master's College, as Russell Byrd made his return to Michigan State. For "Top Five Tuesday", Al and Alex debate the top five animal movies about sports of all the time, and Al's top pick is surprising. The two hosts then finish the show with a discussion about the role of marijuana in professional sports, in light of the C.J. Mosley suspension.


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2:10 pm
Mon November 3, 2014

Current Sports #352 | November 3, 2014

Following former Michigan AD Dave Brandon's resignation, Alex fills in for Al to lead the banter about the future AD and the situation at Michigan. The environment and state of the program are discussed and callers give their takes. Later, Michigan State basketball kicks off tonight and Alex gives a preview with the interns.


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2:11 pm
Fri October 31, 2014

Current Sports #351 | October 31, 2014

Current Sports' Halloween edition is packed. Williamston soccer coach Brent Sorg begins the show to discuss the season and some anecdotes of the journey. Later, MLive.com sports reporter Mike Kohon gives more previews in high school football and gives some key games to watch for over the weekend. To close, MSU Impact Sports soccer reporter Brooks Laimbeer breaks down the Michigan vs Michigan State soccer game and some other notes for the season.


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4:20 pm
Thu October 30, 2014

Al and Magic One on One P.2 | Current Sports | WKAR

WKAR's Al Martin reveals the second part of his sit-down with hoop great, and Lansing native, Magic Johnson. The game of basketball has evolved over time and Magic believes it has become too catered to its "superstars." He explains why, along with why rivalries are so important to the game.

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3:51 pm
Thu October 30, 2014

Current Sports | WKAR | Okemos Draws Flint Carman-Ainsworth in Division 2 Playoff Matchup

For the first time ever, the Okemos Chiefs (6-3, 5-2) will step on the field against the  Flint Carman-Ainsworth Cavaliers (7-2, 5-2) Friday night.

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3:46 pm
Thu October 30, 2014

Current Sports | WKAR |Okemos Grabs Playoff Spot With Win Over East Lansing

OKEMOS- The Okemos Chiefs (6-3, 4-2) won their fourth straight must-win game  and are in the playoffs for the first time since 2011 after defeating the East Lansing  Trojans (1-8, 1-6) by a score of 20-13 Friday night.

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2:19 pm
Thu October 30, 2014

Current Sports #350 | October 30, 2014

Major League Baseball has officially come to an end, and Al and Alex recap the epic World Series match last night. They also touch on the Detroit Pistons' opening night and the Detroit Red Wings' huge win over the Washington Capitols. Later, listeners get a sneak peak to the Current Sports TV show airing tonight. Finally, it's throwback Thursday.


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2:18 pm
Thu October 30, 2014

Current Sports #349 | October 29, 2014

Barbershop Wednesday is today, and the team debates about the future of Kirk Cousins. Also, to start off the show, Al and Alex preview Michigan State men's basketball and discuss some of the big takeaways from media day. Opening night for the Detroit Pistons is also mentioned.


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5:16 pm
Wed October 29, 2014

VIDEO: MSU Men's Basketball Media Day | Current Sports | WKAR

WKAR's Al Martin reports from MSU Men's Basketball Media Day as the Spartans prepare for another season on the hardwood. Junior Denzel Valentine and Senior Travis Trice are the captains of this year's team. Find out how they are transitioning into leadership and evaluate the expectations of where they believe this team can end up.

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2:26 pm
Tue October 28, 2014

Current Sports #348 | October 28, 2014

Today on the show, Al hosts a few guests including Scott Yoshonis, local prep reporter, and Dejuan Jones, the defending Lansing State Journal Player of the Year and MSU men's soccer commit. We also  take a look back to two weekends ago and examine whether Al and Alex were right about the Saints and Falcons. Lastly, the show closes with the newest edition of "Weekend Winners" and a peek at Al's fantasy basketball team on the opening day of the NBA. 


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2:14 pm
Mon October 27, 2014

Current Sports #347 | October 27, 2014

In one of the most caller-debated shows in Current Sports history, Al and Alex challenge listeners to voice their opinions and concerns regarding the Michigan and Michigan State football game on Saturday. The coaches and the legacies of both programs are discussed in the aftermath of rivalry week.

  

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12:37 am
Mon October 27, 2014

VIDEO: Michigan / MSU Game Recap | Current Sports | WKAR

MSU Football Head Coach Mark Dantonio
Credit WKAR-MSU

WKAR's Al Martin reports from Spartan Stadium on the aftermath of the 35 to 11 Michigan State win over Michigan.

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2:14 pm
Fri October 24, 2014

Current Sports #346 | October 24, 2014

Starting off this Friday, Al and Current Sports High School beat reporter, Andrew Hayes, tell the story of Lansing Eastern fan Claude Donahue, who is a diehard Quaker fan. Later, Al chats with Walt Drenth, director of the MSU women's cross country team. The squad is ranked No.1 in the nation for the first time in program history. Finally, MLive.com high school sports reporter, Mike Kohon, gives some insight on the best high school games for this weekend. MSU and Michigan football game thoughts culminate the show. 


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3:09 pm
Thu October 23, 2014

Current Sports #345 | October 23, 2014

Al and Alex start by talking about the recent donation made to MSU athletics and site the failures of the NBA draft lottery reform. Later, in wake of rivalry week, two interns compete in trivia challenge of MSU and Michigan football. To close the show, listeners get a sneak peak of the Ronald Mann interview that airs on Current Sports TV.


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3:08 pm
Thu October 23, 2014

Current Sports #344 | October 22, 2014

Rivalry week continues on this hump day, and Al and Alex start the show discussing The Diag that was vandalized on University of Michigan campus. Later, the Detroit Lions playing in London is discussed and MSU wide receiver Andre Sims Jr. joins Al to break down the game on Saturday. The big debate topic today is the impact that Mo'Ne Davis has on baseball and professional sports. The Chevrolet commercial is played and the team debates.


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3:43 pm
Tue October 21, 2014

Current Sports | WKAR | Okemos Football Dominates in Win Over Lansing Eastern

 OKEMOS- The Okemos Chiefs shut out the Eastern Quakers, 36-0, Friday to move within  one win of clinching a playoff spot.

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2:11 pm
Tue October 21, 2014

Current Sports #344 | October 21, 2014

It's rivalry week. And to open up the show, it's all Michigan vs. MSU football topics leading up to the weekend. Following that, Al and Alex give their top five moments in MSU and Michigan football history and the legacy of Peyton Manning is also a hot button topic. To close the show, Al welcomes WXYZ reporter Justin Rose on the air to discuss his journey in sports reporting and to give a prediction of the MSU game this weekend.


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2:11 pm
Mon October 20, 2014

Current Sports #343 | October 20, 2014

Are the Detroit Lions a legitimate contender? After the victory over the New Orelans Saints, it's the big question starting off the show. Later, callers indulge on discussion of the rivalry game this week in East Lansing. To close, the crew gives weekend winners and touches on the legacy of Peyton Manning.


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2:09 pm
Fri October 17, 2014

Current Sports #342 | October 17, 2014

Mike Kohon, high school sports reporter from MLive.com, joins Al to analyze the college football season and preview the big games this weekend. Later in the show, Al and Alex recap Big Ten basketball media day and also touch on the Lions and Saints game this weekend. Finally, the crew debates about the Ryder Cup committee intended to improve team USA.


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2:27 pm
Thu October 16, 2014

Current Sports #341 | October 16, 2014

Al and Alex start today with in-depth discussion on the Kansas City Royals' playoff run. They also give a brief preview of MSU basketball for this season. Chris "Doc" Love, color commentator from 92.1 Big Country, discusses the high school football season with Al and reveals his aspirations in sports broadcasting. To close the show, Al gives the lowdown on the occurences on this day in sports.


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2:27 pm
Thu October 16, 2014

Current Sports #340 | October 15, 2014

Detroit Tigers General Manager Dave Dombrowski had a press conference today, and Al and Alex give the latest analysis and opinions. Later, they touch on Jameis Winston and take a stance on whether fantasy sports betting should be illegal. To close the show, they break down more big time news in the sports world.


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8:01 pm
Tue October 14, 2014

Current Sports | WKAR | Chiefs Overcome Big Plays to Defeat the Rams, Keep Playoff Hopes Alive

HOLT - Okemos coach Jack Wallace emphatically raised his hands in the air as his quarterback, Grant Klaver, kneeled down to finish the game. Once the final whistle blew, the traveling student section rushed the field to celebrate the big win with their fellow classmates and players.

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7:50 pm
Tue October 14, 2014

Current Sports | WKAR | Grand Ledge Football Season Recap

As Grand Ledge football (4-3 overall) prepares for a playoff run, head coach Matt Bird is stressing to his players that keeping the tradition of Comet football in mind is going to be an essential piece of a playoff puzzle.

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