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5:45 pm
Mon December 8, 2014

VIDEO: MSU Men's Soccer Falls to Providence | Current Sports | WKAR

The No. 3 seed Michigan State men's soccer team was beaten in the Elite Eight of the NCAA Tournament by No. 11 Providence, 3-2, on Saturday, Dec. 6. The Spartans close the season 12-5-6.

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2:13 pm
Mon December 8, 2014

Current Sports #374 | December 8, 2014

It was a wild weekend for college football, as the 'College Football Playoff' teams were announced. Al and Alex debate about the Big Ten getting the leg up over Big 12 teams and discuss some of the factors involved in the committee selections. Also, MSU gets a bump up to the Cotton Bowl. Is this a chance to make a statement? To close, 'weekend winners' are discussed.


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2:30 pm
Fri December 5, 2014

Current Sports #373 | December 5, 2014

MSU men's soccer is in the Elite Eight and MSU Impact Sports reporter, Brooks Laimbeer, joins Al at the later half of the show to preview the upcoming game tomrrow and discuss MSU's chances of making the Final Four. Also, Al looks back on some of the best moments this week with 'Reflection Friday,' and Alex joins to recap MSU women's basketball and the Detroit Tigers' acquisition of pitcher, Shane Greene.


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2:29 pm
Fri December 5, 2014

Current Sports #372 | December 4, 2014

MSU basketball went through a rough loss against Notre Dame in overtime,and Al invites Detroit Free Presss beat writer, Joe Rexrode, on the show to break down what happened. Rexrode also gives his outlook on the rest of the season.  To close, it's 'Throwback Thursday,' and it is a special day for Barry Sanders. The team breaks down how spectacular Sanders was as an NFL running back.


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2:29 pm
Fri December 5, 2014

Current Sports #371 | December 3, 2014

Brady Hoke has been officially let go as head coach of University of Michigan football. And the show kicks off with Al and Alex going back and forth about who is the ideal candidate to replace him. Later, former NBA player Charles Barkley made some comments about the unrest in Ferguson, as Al and Alex reflect on the validity of his comments.


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5:12 pm
Tue December 2, 2014

VIDEO: MSU Women's Cross Country National Champions | Current Sports | WKAR

Led by four individual runners in the top-25, the Michigan State women's cross country team claimed the program's first ever NCAA Cross Country Championship. Running in front of a huge crowd of MSU fans, the Spartans finished 62 points ahead of runner-up Iowa State with a team score of 85 points, the lowest total at the NCAA Championships since 2008 (Washington, 79).

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5:08 pm
Tue December 2, 2014

VIDEO: Tom Izzo Comments After Santa Clara Win | Current Sports | WKAR

Michigan State cruises to a 79-52 win over Santa Clara at the Breslin Center on November 24th. Gavin Schilling had career highs of 14 points and 11 rebounds. Marvin Clark Jr., starting in place of Branden Dawson - out with the flu - had 15 points and four blocked shots for the Spartans (3-1), who never trailed and built a 40-14 halftime lead. Denzel Valentine added 13 points and 11 rebounds.

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5:04 pm
Tue December 2, 2014

VIDEO: MSU / Santa Clara Game Highlights | Current Sports | WKAR

Michigan State cruises to a 79-52 win over Santa Clara at the Breslin Center on November 24th. Gavin Schilling had career highs of 14 points and 11 rebounds. Marvin Clark Jr., starting in place of Branden Dawson - out with the flu - had 15 points and four blocked shots for the Spartans (3-1), who never trailed and built a 40-14 halftime lead. Denzel Valentine added 13 points and 11 rebounds. Game highlights are featured here.

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2:13 pm
Tue December 2, 2014

Current Sports #370 | December 2, 2014

Missouri has been through a lot in recent months, especially the areas of St. Louis and Ferguson after the Michael Brown shooting. Five St. Louis Rams players made a gesture that is going viral and is a major talking point, especially on this show as Al welcomes on many callers who give their takes. Also, Brady Hoke's tenure at Michigan appears to be numbered and an announcement is expected today from the university. Finally, Ryan Keener, senior defender on the Michigan State men's soccer team, visits the show and talks about the Elite Eight matchup this weekend against Providence. 


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2:11 pm
Mon December 1, 2014

Current Sports #369 | December 1, 2014

Three local mid-Michigan teams went onto play at Ford Field in the state championships, but none of the teams came back with a victory. MLive.com's Mike Kohon explains what happened last weekend down in Detroit. Later, Al and Alex recap the MSU basketball and football games over the weekend and close the show with 'Weekend Winners.'


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2:17 pm
Tue November 25, 2014

Current Sports #368 | November 25, 2014

On this edition of Current Sports, Al rants about Johnny 'Football' Manziel and his innocence in light of a recent battery accusation set forth by a fan. MSU men's basketball is also discussed after its recent win over Santa Clara, while the women's team is set to face Oakland tomorrow night. Also, tune in to hear about the Pistons' problems 13 games into the season. There is a thanksgiving theme for 'Top Five Tuesday', as Al and Alex discuss what they are thankful for in the world of sports.


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2:12 pm
Mon November 24, 2014

Current Sports #367 | November 24, 2014

Director of MSU Track and Field and Cross Country, Walt Drenth, gives Al a taste of the emotions coming off a national championship win over the weekend. He also discusses the overall season for the Spartans. Al also touches on the Detroit Lions' loss against the Patriots at the beggining of the show and breaks down MSU football's enormous win over Rutgers. To close, it's 'Weekend Winners.'


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2:19 am
Sat November 22, 2014

VIDEO: Loyola Chicago / MSU Men's Basketball Postgame | Current Sports | WKAR

Listen to reaction from head coaches Porter Moser and Tom Izzo after MSU's 87 to 52 win over Loyola Chicago. The Spartans rebound nicely coming off the loss to Duke earlier this week.

Branden Dawson and Marvin Clark Jr. each scored 15 for the Spartans (2-1). Travis Trice added 13 and Denzel Valentine 12, and Michigan State never trailed. Matt Costello also had 13 points and 11 rebounds.

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2:15 pm
Fri November 21, 2014

Current Sports #366 | November 21, 2014

Ithaca football head coach Terry Hessbrook discusses his team's chance to continue the streak by winning a state championship this year. Later, Al brings on Mike Kohon from MLive.com to preview the remaining local teams in the high school football playoffs. Al and Alex also preview the MSU football and basketball games this weekend.


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2:15 pm
Fri November 21, 2014

Current Sports #365 | November 20, 2014

Motivational speaker DeAndre Carter discusses his upcoming release of his new book and discusses his prior relationships of motivating athletes. Al and Alex also touch on Mark Dantonio as one of college football's highest paid coaches. To close, it's 'Throwback Thursday' as Al gives some tidbits for what happened on this day in sports history.


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2:02 pm
Fri November 21, 2014

Current Sports #364 | November 19, 2014

Al and Alex start by breaking down the loss to Duke last night by MSU men's basketball. Later, Brian Calloway from Lansing State Journal breaks down the MSU girls' season so far and if they have the depth to compete against Notre Dame. To close, former Detroit Piston guard Lindsey Hunter joins Al to recall 'Malice at the Palice' memories on its anniversary.


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1:05 pm
Fri November 21, 2014

Current Sports #363 | November 18, 2014

After former Spartan Le'Veon Bell's big game last night against the Tennessee Titans, Tuesday's show kicks off with a discussion about his impressive performance. Al brings on Mason's head football coach and they talk about the up-and-coming rivalry with DeWitt. Finally, 'Top Five Tuesday' consists of four this time, as Al and Alex give their top four teams for the upcoming College Football Playoff.


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5:41 pm
Thu November 20, 2014

VIDEO: Notre Dame / MSU Women's Basketball | Current Sports | WKAR

WKAR's Al Martin reports from the Breslin Center on the Michigan State loss to Notre Dame. The Spartans fell, 71 to 63, to a top five team in the Fighting Irish, going toe to toe and competing throughout the game. The motivation behind the gritty outing? A moment of "disrespect" during pre-game warmups. Find out how the Spartans earned that respect in the report. 

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2:07 pm
Mon November 17, 2014

Current Sports #362 | November 17, 2014

Al and Alex kick off today's show with MSU football discussion as they defeated Maryland in primetime on Saturday. Later, they touch on University of Michigan's Frank Clark and what his release means for the football program. 'Weekend Winners' closes the show along with MSU men's and women's basketball analysis.

  

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2:09 pm
Fri November 14, 2014

Current Sports #361 | November 14, 2014

Al brings in his weekly Friday crew of MSU Impact Sports soccer beat writer, Brooks Laimbeer, and MLive.com sports writer, Mike Kohon. The two break down high school football and college soccer games this weekend. Al and Alex also preview the Michigan State and Maryland football while closing the show with 'Reflection Friday.'


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2:24 pm
Thu November 13, 2014

Current Sports #360 | November 13, 2014

The barbershop discussion from yesterday continues, as the typical, college student-athlete is discussed. Where is the line between schooling and money raised by the University? Later, Al gives listeners a sneak peak of tonight's Current Sports TV guest and Al closes the show with 'Throwback Thursday.'


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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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