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2:16 pm
Fri June 20, 2014

Current Sports #260 | June 20, 2014

The hot topic of today's show is Lucy Li, and the crew debates about the pressure of playing as a sixth grader in amateur and professional golf. Later, a heated discussion ensues with the Washington Redskins and a potential name change. One caller suggests the potatoes, another suggests the skins, and Matt and Al suggest a different name. To close, they reflect on their favorite storylines from the week.


Sports
2:16 pm
Thu June 19, 2014

Current Sports #259 | June 19, 2014

Al kicks off the show with a Current Sports TV sneak peak by airing an interview with Dan Jimenez. Later, Matt joins Al to discuss the most recent comments made by Brad Ausmus and they debate about the alarming Detroit Tigers. To close the show, it's Throwback Thursday, and football recruiting is discussed too.


Sports
2:10 pm
Wed June 18, 2014

Current Sports #258 | June 18, 2014

In preparation for tonight's taping of Current Sports TV, Al interviews MHSAA Assistnat Director Mark Uyl to discuss high school officiating in wake of some of the most recent national referee tragedies. Later, Matt joins Al to discuss the recent rumors of Greg Monroe. To close the show, Matt and Al go back and forth on the future of Lebron James.


Sports
2:25 pm
Tue June 17, 2014

Current Sports #257 | June 17, 2014

The show opens with Director of Marketing for Hawk Hollow, Terry Kildea. He recaps the recent U.S. Open and discusses some interesting golf tidbits. Later, Alex and Matt join Al to recap the latest World Cup action and discuss the recent woes of the Detroit Tigers. Finally, the decommitment of Jayru Campbell is discussed.


Sports
2:13 pm
Mon June 16, 2014

Current Sports #256 | June 16, 2014

Brooks Laimbeer, a Lansing United and MSU soccer beat writer for MSU Impact Sports,  joins Al to recap the weekend of World Cup action and to spit some knowledge of Lansing United and the game of soccer. Later, Alex joins Al to debate the big three model and the NBA finals. To close the show, Al recaps the performance of Leah O'Connor in the Steeplechase at the NCAA Outdoors, and gives some final thoughts on Tony Gwynn.


Sports
2:09 pm
Fri June 13, 2014

Current Sports #255 | June 13, 2014

On today's Current Sports, Al invites Julie Dombrowski from Michigan State  Women's Basketball to talk about her recent transition from to Oakland. Also, Al and Alex debate if Max Scherzer's performance last night will get the Detroit Tigers out of a funk, and later talk about the NBA finals and if Lebron James is truly a leader. Finally, it's funky Friday, and the team  has all of the funky throwback music for listeners.


TV Made in Michigan
10:00 pm
Thu June 12, 2014

WATCH NOW: MSU Men's Basketball Star Mateen Cleaves

Thu., June 12, 10 p.m., WKAR-TV  | Former MSU men's basketball star Mateen Cleaves is the guest this week on Current Sports with Al Martin, the original TV series from WKAR.

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Sports
2:14 pm
Thu June 12, 2014

Current Sports #254 | June 12, 2014

Al gives listeners a sneak peak to tonight's Current Sports TV show, as he airs the interview with Mateen Cleaves. They relive some of the greatest MSU basketball moments, and talk a little bit about some of his charity work with  One Goal, One Passion. Later, Al gives some throwback thursday moments in sports history, and debates with Alex if Justin Verlander is an average pitcher this year.


Sports
2:10 pm
Wed June 11, 2014

Current Sports #253 | June 11, 2014

Al hosts former Lansing Eastern head coach Ron Watts on the show to discuss his transition to John Glenn High School and recall some pasttimes at Eastern. Later, Matt chimes in on some NBA playoff thoughts. And to close the show, the crew discusses the teams to watch for in the World Cup, and debate whether the World Cup is the most popular sporting event in the world.


Sports
2:35 pm
Tue June 10, 2014

Current Sports #252 | June 10, 2014

Al kicks off the show with Detroit Pistons beat writer Vince Ellis, from the Detroit Free Press. The two talk everything Pistons, and go back from the firing of Mo Cheeks to the current hiring of Stan Van Gundy. Later, Matt and Alex join to give their take on the NCAA video game lawsuit as well as the recent hiring of Derek Fisher to the New York Knicks. The top five villains in Michigan sports history closes the show.


Sports
2:33 pm
Mon June 9, 2014

Current Sports #251 | June 9, 2014

On today's Current Sports, Al invites Mark McElwee from the Lansing Curling Club to talk about the upcoming championship. He also touches on the sport of Curling and its popularity. Later, Matt and Alex join to discuss the dissapointment of California Chrome, and touch on the comments made by its owner. Finally, the NBA and NHL playoffs are discussed in detail.


Sports
2:25 pm
Fri June 6, 2014

Current Sports #250 | June 6, 2014

Al opens the show with a controversial discussion with the NBA playoffs, and whether certain games in the playoffs are scripted. They also talk about the cramping of LeBron James. Later, the gang discusses the possibility of California Chrome taking the Triple Crown. Closing the show, the crew goes over the recent allegations from Chapel Hill.


Sports
2:13 pm
Thu June 5, 2014

Current Sports #249 | June 5, 2014

Al invites Haslett girls tennis coach Henry Brunchweiler to take a few moments out of the classroom and talk about his love for tennis and the success of his team. Later, Al, Matt and Alex discuss the loss of the New York Rangers last night, and finally discuss the NBA all-team selections. They get into a heated debate on who the better point guard is between Chris Paul and Tony Parker. Listen in for some fiery debate.


Sports
2:09 pm
Wed June 4, 2014

Current Sports #248 | June 4, 2014

Al opens up the show with Matt and Alex to discuss the latest news on Dan Marino. Later, the crew debates on whether Nick Saban was unfair to the Spartans as he was recently awarded one of the highest head coaching contracts in the history of college football. To close the show, Al invites Dan Dickerson on the air to talk about the recent slump of the Detroit Tigers and he also gives analysis of the starting pitching.


Sports
2:17 pm
Tue June 3, 2014

Current Sports #247 | June 3, 2014

Al  opens up the show today with discussion on the recent statement of Stan Van Gundy in regards to Greg Monroe.  Later, Al and the crew try out a new top five Tuesday of forming the five best Michigan State basketball starters of all time to form the perfect team. They cap off the show with some thoughts on the game of football and the recent concussion lawsuit moved forward by Dan Marino.


Sports
2:14 pm
Mon June 2, 2014

Current Sports #246 | June 2, 2014

Al invites Erin Davis, a representative from General Motors, and Nick Grueser, GM of the Lansing Lugnuts, to talk about the Field Makeover project at Lansing's Quentin Park. Later, Matt and Alex chime in to discuss the NHL and NBA playoffs, and give their weekend winners over a wild weekend of sports action. 


Sports
2:20 pm
Fri May 30, 2014

Current Sports #245 | May 30, 2014

In wake of the Scripps National Spelling Bee competition, Al and the crew take their shot at becoming the best spellers on Current Sports. Listeners have a chance to win Lansing Lugnuts tickets by calling in and spelling the words correctly as well. Other topics discussed on the show are Jayru Campbell, NBA Playoffs, and MSU Football.


TV Made in Michigan
10:00 pm
Thu May 29, 2014

WATCH NOW: MSU Junior Defensive End Shilique Calhoun

Thu., May 29, 10 p.m., WKAR-TV  | MSU junior defensive end Shilique Calhoun is the guest this week on Current Sports with Al Martin, the original TV series from WKAR. 

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Sports
3:12 pm
Thu May 29, 2014

Current Sports #244 | May 29, 2014

It's Throwback Thursday, and it was quite a busy day on May 29 for the crew. Al kicks off the show with a sneak peak of the Shilique Calhoun interview that airs tonight on Current Sports at 10 p.m. Later, Matt and Alex chime in on the Joe Nathan's blown save last night in Oakland, and lastly argue if the Pacers have any shot at beating the Miami Heat.


Sports
2:27 pm
Wed May 28, 2014

Current Sports #243 | May 28, 2014

DeWitt girls assistant soccer coach Darus Ward joins All to discuss the upcoming postseason games, the last win over Williamston, and back story of his journey with soccer. Later, Matt and Alex weigh in on the recent comments by Dan Gilbert on moving the Detroit Pistons from Auburn Hills back to the city of Detroit. Finally, they team weighs in on the NBA playoffs and the Oklahoma City Thunder.


Sports
2:24 pm
Tue May 27, 2014

Current Sports #242 | May 27, 2014

Coming off Memorial Day weekend, there was plenty to talk about on today's show. Al and Alex dive into the skidding Detroit Tigers and what they need to get back on track. The duo later debates where Gary Harris will go in this year's NBA draft, and finally give their top five worst excuses when it comes to sports.


Sports
5:23 pm
Fri May 23, 2014

Current Sports #241 | May 23, 2014

For those that missed the latest Current Sports TV episode, Al has you covered! He gives you another look back on his interview with James Moore, a former Michigan State football fullback who went to the 1988 Rose Bowl. Later, the crew chimes in on the Tigers recent woes, and also the rumblings coming from team Mayweather.


TV Made in Michigan
11:00 pm
Thu May 22, 2014

WATCH NOW: Former MSU football player James Moore

Thu., May 22, 10 p.m., WKAR-TV  | Former MSU football player James Moore is the guest this week on Current Sports with Al Martin, the original TV series from WKAR.

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Sports
2:12 pm
Thu May 22, 2014

Current Sports #240 | May 22, 2014

On today's episode, Matt kicks off the show with the latest headliners and delves into the most up-to-date Diamond Classic results, as well as the CAAC Track and Field results. Later, Al joins in to discuss the disappointing series the Detroit Tigers endured, and weighs in on the comments of Ndamokung Suh in regards to his future with the Detroit Lions.


Sports
2:15 pm
Wed May 21, 2014

Current Sports #239 | May 21, 2014

Al kicks off the show with Dan Kilbridge from 247sports.com, who discusses the recent news of Russell Byrd and Alex Gauna, and touches on some of the latest recruiting news for Michigan State football. Later, Al and the crew discuss the misfortune the Detroit Pistons received in the NBA Draft Lottery, as they lost their pick to the Charlotte Hornets.


Sports
2:28 pm
Tue May 20, 2014

Current Sports #238 | May 20, 2014

Coming off a 10 medal team performance, junior Leah O'Connor from Michigan State Track and Field joins Al to discuss her motivations as a runner and her performance on the track this season. Later on, Al and thew crew hit on the NBA draft lottery coming up tonight, and give their top five favorite race horses of all time. Plus, they debate if Ndamukung Suh is pulling a political move with his recent change in action.


Sports
2:26 pm
Mon May 19, 2014

Current Sports #237 | May 19, 2014

In the heart of NBA and NHL playoff action, Al and the crew break down the latest matchups. They also break down the latest NBA replay rule and what it means for basketball. Later, they get into a tussle regarding California Chrome and the Triple Crown quest. Al and Matt are sold on Chrome because of the recent addition of Nasal Strips, but Alex thinks otherwise.  Plenty of conversation for a Monday.


Sports
2:18 pm
Fri May 16, 2014

Current Sports #236 | May 16, 2014

Today marks the evening of Lansing United's home opener, as the new minor-league soccer team for mid-Michigan. Owner Jeremy Sampson discusses the jitters behind opening day, as well as the amount of work that goes on behind the scenes leading up to the historic day. Later on, Matt and Alex join Al to discuss the NBA Draft Combine and the new Michael Sam documentary on the Oprah Winfrey Network.


TV Made in Michigan
10:00 pm
Thu May 15, 2014

WATCH NOW: MMA and Boxing Fight Promoter Ron DeLeon

Thu., May 15, 10 p.m., WKAR-TV  | MMA and boxing fight promoter Ron DeLeon is the guest this week on Current Sports with Al Martin, the original TV series from WKAR.

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Sports
2:29 pm
Thu May 15, 2014

Current Sports #237 | May 15, 2014

Al sits down with Ron DeLeon, local boxing promoter and CATA bus driver, to discuss his journey throughout the years and his upcoming fights. The duo also dive into some personal questions regarding favorite boxers of all time and favorite Rocky movies. The team also talks about the recent conversation of potentially adding beer to college stadiums, as well as the investigation of High School concession stands by Ingham County.


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