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2:53 pm
Tue October 14, 2014

Current Sports #339 | October 14, 2014

On this edition of Current Sports, Al goes into depth as he evaluates MSU football halfway through the season. On that topic, there are also clips from Mark Dantonio's press conference and some great questions posed from a caller and for "Top Five Tuesday", Al and Alex each give their top five takeaways from the Spartan football season thus far. The show finishes up with some good, old-fashioned NFL banter and even a little bit of golf talk. 


Sports
2:40 pm
Tue October 14, 2014

Look Back: Current Sports #303 | August 22, 2014

In this show from Friday, August 22, Al invites the head coach of the Dewitt Panther football team, Rob Zimmerman, on to chat about the incredible progress of his program in recent times. The Spartan football team also released the names of the captains for the 2014-15 season, and Al gives his take on that. Finally, predictions are made for the Lions and Jaguars preseason football  game. 


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2:10 pm
Mon October 13, 2014

Current Sports #338 | October 13, 2014

Alex Scharg fills in for Al today to break down the MSU football game from Saturday. He debates with a special caller if MSU is losing focus at the end of games. Later, Alex recaps the Michigan football game and gives a Big Ten analysis in light of the four-team playoff. To close the show, Alex debates with one of the interns what moves to make if you were Dave Dombrowski.


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2:08 pm
Fri October 10, 2014

Current Sports #337 | October 10, 2014

Trevor Manuel, a University of Oregon basketball commitment from Lansing, joined Al on the televison show last night. Al re-airs his favorite segments, and Manuel breaks some big news to Current Sports. Later, Al and the gang recap the Red Wings win over the Bruins last night and preview the big games this weekend for Michigan and Michigan State football. To close the show, it's 'Reflection Friday.'


TV Made in Michigan
10:00 pm
Thu October 9, 2014

WATCH NOW: Lansing Everett High School basketball player Trevor Manuel

Thu., Oct. 9, 10 p.m., WKAR-TV | Lansing Everett High School basketball player Trevor Manuel and his father James Manuel are the guests this week on Current Sports with Al Martin, the original TV series from WKAR.

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2:22 pm
Thu October 9, 2014

Current Sports #336 | October 9, 2014

MSU reportedly has the third best chance of any college football team to make the playoff. Al and Alex debate this report and also touch on the start of the Detroit Red Wings season tonight. Later, Al chats with head coach of Grosse Pointe South men's basketball, Kevin Richards, regarding Krossover and the coaches event in Lansing for coaches across the state of Michigan. To close the show, Al and Alex discuss the outlook for the Detroit Pistons this season.


Sports
2:20 pm
Thu October 9, 2014

Current Sports #335 | October 8, 2014

MSU hockey is right around the corner, and head coach Tom Anastos checks in with Al on updates for the new season and expectations with many players returning. Later, Al and Alex touch on the Washington Redskins dispute and harp on the hand clapping allegations made by Nebraska head coach, Bo Pellini. It's also 'Barbershop Wednesday.' and being a white NBA player is debated.


Sports
2:47 pm
Tue October 7, 2014

Look Back: Current Sports #302 | August 21, 2014

In this throwback show from August, Al talks all things Lions and gives his impressions on first-year coach, Jim Caldwell. Al brings in Detroit Free Press writer Dave Birkett to provide insights on Le'Veon Bell's marijuana arrest. See what they thought about Rory winning four straight tournaments as well -  in this edition of Current Sports.


Sports
2:24 pm
Tue October 7, 2014

Current Sports #334 | October 7, 2014

Today, Al discusses the Tigers' meltdown in the three-game divisional series against the O's. A fan calls in to weigh in on the current Michigan football situation, while Al and Alex debate the predicament of MSU students leaving against Nebraska. Finally, Al and Alex provide their top five NFL teams as part of 'Top Five Tuesday.'

  

Sports
2:16 pm
Mon October 6, 2014

Current Sports #333 | October 6, 2014

A wild weekend in Michigan sports comes to an end, as University of Michigan and Detroit Lions football both suffered close loses and the Detroit Tigers were eliminated from the playoffs. And as much as MSU came out victorious, it was not the way they wanted to win. Al and the gang break down all of the latest action on this hot topic Monday in sports.


Sports
12:08 am
Mon October 6, 2014

Nebraska / MSU Game Recap | Current Sports | WKAR

WKAR's Al Martin wraps-up MSU's Big Ten opening win over Nebraska at Spartan Stadium. The Spartans topped the Cornhuskers, 27 to 22.  Following MSU's win to open the Big Ten season, the Spartans moved up to No. 8 in both The Associated Press Poll and Amway Coaches Poll. The No. 8/8 Spartans (4-1, 1-0) will now hit the road to take on Purdue (3-3, 1-1) Saturday, Oct. 11 at 3:30 p.m. in West Lafayette, Indiana. 

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10:07 am
Sat October 4, 2014

Al and Magic One on One P.1 | Current Sports | WKAR

Hoop great, and Lansing native, Magic Johnson has teamed up with the Lansing School District and is part owner of a company now providing providing the food for the district. Starting July 1st SodexoMAGIC, a partnership between Sodexo, Inc, and Magic Johnson Enterprises, took over the running of food service for the Lansing School District. Johnson is SodexoMAGIC's C.E.O. and President. WKAR's Al Martin caught up with Johnson to chat about the endeavor, along with the feeling of returning home, and so much more... 

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1:24 am
Sat October 4, 2014

MSU Men's Basketball 2014 First Practice | Current Sports | WKAR

Tom Izzo addresses the media prior to the MSU men's basketball team's first practice of the new season. Hear what Izzo had to say about starting fresh, new faces on the team, and so much more...

Sports
1:17 am
Sat October 4, 2014

EMU / MSU Current Sports Game Recap | Current Sports | WKAR

WKAR's Al Martin reports from Spartan Stadium on how the MSU football team was able to get back on track, topping EMU 73 to 14. The Spartans were coming off a bye week after a crushing road loss to Oregon. The sting of that defeat is now well behind them.

Sports
2:16 pm
Fri October 3, 2014

Current Sports #332 | October 3, 2014

It was an utter disaster for the Detroit Tigers yesterday, as Al kicks off the show discussing what needs to improve for the game today. An MSU football preview is also discussed coupled with a Detroit Lions preview. Later in the show, it's 'Reflection Friday' and the duo ends the show with thoughts about Dave Brandon and Brady Hoke amidst one of the biggest debacles in University of Michigan sports history.


TV Made in Michigan
8:52 am
Fri October 3, 2014

WATCH NOW: Owner and General Manager of the Capital City Stealth Robert Huntoon

Thu., Oct. 2, 10 p.m., WKAR-TV | Robert Huntoon, owner and general manager of the Capital City Stealth minor league football team, is the guest this week on Current Sports with Al Martin.

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2:25 pm
Thu October 2, 2014

Current Sports #331 | October 2, 2014

Following an interview yesterday with MSU women's soccer goalkeeper Courtney Clem, MSU Impact Sports soccer reporter Brooks Laimbeer joins Al to breakdown the women's soccer season and discuss the upcoming game tonight. Also, Al and Alex continue yesterday's debate about when fandom in sports goes too far. To close, it's 'Throwback Thursday.'


Sports
2:25 pm
Thu October 2, 2014

Current Sports #330 | October 1, 2014

It's a jam packed show on Current Sports, as the Detroit Tigers along with MSU and Michigan football teams have juicy topics. To start, it's predictions on Nebraska versus MSU on Saturday and thoughts on Nebraska football's Ameer Abdullah. Later, Jesse Harper of i1 Biometrics joins to talk about concussions and some of the breaking technology that his company developed to counter. To close, it's a controversial topic - can fandom ever go too far in sports? Expectations placed on athletic programs are thoroughly debated.


Sports
2:27 pm
Tue September 30, 2014

Look Back: Current Sports #301 | August 20, 2014

After a close game against Tampa Bay for the Detroit Tigers, Al invites Detroit Free Press writer Perry Farrell on to discuss the status of this team. Seeing that the Tigers are now playoff bound, this offers a special look back on some interesting predictions. Later, the Braxton Miller injury and Brandon Jennings bold claims on Kobe Bryant are reviewed.

  

Sports
2:12 pm
Tue September 30, 2014

Current Sports #329 | September 30, 2014

MSU women's soccer goaltender Courtney Clem joins Al to discuss the start to the season. Al also finds out about the Clem family tradition of goal keeping and why Courtney's hair is popular on the twitter sphere. Later, former WKAR radio host and Detroit sports broadcaster  Richard Kincaide discusses all things Detroit Tigers. To close the show, David Brandon and Brady Hoke are in focus.


Sports
2:09 pm
Mon September 29, 2014

Current Sports #328 | September 29, 2014

The crew at Current Sports kicks the show off with Brady Hoke and all of the criticism that goes along with him. Firing Hoke or not is the hot topic of the day. Also, the MSU football game is discussed and Al gets into a quick preview of what to look for versus Nebraska. Later, Al gives a sneak peak to Current Sports TV by airing an interview with Jemele Hill. To close the show, it's Detroit Lions and Detroit Tigers.


Sports
2:20 pm
Fri September 26, 2014

Current Sports #327 | September 26, 2014

Alex Scharg steps outside the glass to fill in for Al Martin today, as Al interviews Jemele Hill at the MSU Union. Alex starts off recapping Derek Jeter's walk-off at Yankee Stadium and gives a hard take on the Robin Ventura comments. Later, it's all Big Ten football discussion. The news of Jeffery Taylor and football picks are also touched on.


Sports
2:13 pm
Thu September 25, 2014

Current Sports #326 | September 25, 2014

Thursday kicks off with discussion on the recent Bill Simmons suspension by ESPN due to comments made on NFL commissioner, Roger Goodell. Later, Alex chimes in on MSU's upcoming matchup with Wyoming and the recent analysis made by defensive coordinator, Pat Narduzzi. To close the show, it's 'Throwback Thursday' and the team debates about Tony Stewart.


Sports
2:13 pm
Thu September 25, 2014

Current Sports: #325 - Barbershop | September 24, 2014

On this Wednesday, Current Sports offers a short snippet into one of the heated debates on 'Barbershop Wednesday.' Join Al, Alex and the rest of the Current Sports team as they discuss when praise goes to far with athletes. Derek Jeter is the focal point of this hot topic discussion.


Sports
10:56 pm
Tue September 23, 2014

High School Football Rankings: Weekend Review 9/22

Seven area schools were ranked in the Michigan AP Poll for Sept. 16. Tomorrow’s AP rankings should see some shuffling; not every ranked team won their game on Friday.

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Sports
10:31 pm
Tue September 23, 2014

Okemos Struggles on Homecoming Night

OKEMOS - Grand Ledge (2-2, 1-1) spoiled Okemos’ (2-2, 1-1) homecoming with a 20-7 victory Friday night, despite being outgained for the game.

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2:13 pm
Tue September 23, 2014

Current Sports #324 | September 23, 2014

Al and Alex start the show venting about the Detroit Tigers recent woes from last game and the freak accident of Stephen Tulloch. Rico Beard joins the show later to recap the Michael Taylor comments made on his 105.1 show in Detroit, and gives his take on the state of the University of Michigan football program. To close the show, Al and Alex give their top five biggest blowouts in sports history.


Sports
2:11 pm
Mon September 22, 2014

Current Sports #323 | September 22, 2014

It was a big weekend of football, as Al and his team kick off the show with Detroit Lions football and the clobbering performance of MSU football over Eastern Michigan. Later, a caller points out the faults from Michigan football on Saturday, and Al and his team debates. Also, Lansing Sexton basketball recruit Trevor Manuel joins Al to discuss his decision to attend University of Oregon and has his father weighs in on the decision process. To close the show, the crew recaps weekend winners.


Sports
2:10 pm
Fri September 19, 2014

Current Sports #322 | September 19, 2014

It's finally Friday, as Al and Alex preview the big college football weekend with Michigan State and the University of Michigan. Later, skydiver Amanda Scheffler discusses the festivities taking place at Spartan Stadium on Saturday, and how she co-founded the world's only women's skydiving demo team, the Misty Blues. To close, the Detroit Lions and Green Bay Packers game is discussed.


Sports
2:32 pm
Thu September 18, 2014

Current Sports #321 | September 18, 2014

To open the show, the Detroit Tigers are a hot button topic. The Nate Freese kicking situation kicker is also discussed. In the second segment, one-legged MMA fighter Ronald Mann tells Al his journey and rejoices in some of his best moments as a fighter. To close the show, it's throwback Thursday, Jameis Winston and domestic abuse discussion.


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