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2:09 pm
Wed February 18, 2015

Current Sports #416 | February 18, 2015

Michigan State brought it to the Wolverines last night, as Al recaps the game and plays some post-game coverage that summarizes the night for the Spartans. Later, Lansing Eastern high school Sports Hall of Fame member Sue Mills discusses the committee and some of the inductees. To close, Al and Alex debate on when one can forgive an athlete and the Detroit Tigers.


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2:38 pm
Tue February 17, 2015

Current Sports #415 | February 17, 2015

Happy Fat Tuesday and happy Mardi Gras! One of Michigan State or University of Michigan will be in a festive mood today, with who depending on the outcome of tonight's rivalry game in Ann Arbor. Current Sports has all the latest details and what you need to know for tonight's game. Also, the 'Top Five' Tuesday for today is the five worst sporting events. Tune in!


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2:05 pm
Mon February 16, 2015

Current Sports #414 | February 16, 2015

Al begins the show by analyzing Michigan State basketball's win over Ohio State University and the all-star weekend that was for the NBA. Lansing State Journal sports reporter Chris Solari joins later to recap Michigan State's big weekend sweep over Penn State and the pros and cons of outdoor hockey. To close, Al and Alex recap the weekend with winners from the sporting world.


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10:38 am
Mon February 16, 2015

Ferguson’s Plan Turning Everett Hoops Around | Current Sports | WKAR

Desmond Ferguson coaching from the sidelines during a Lansing Everett Boy's basketball game.
Credit Chris Hauler

LANSING -- Everett Coach Desmond Ferguson never had the goal of coaching high school basketball. He said any high school coaching job in the nation could have been offered to him, and he would have said no.

After being a basketball standout at Everett and the University of Detroit, Ferguson spent 11 years playing professional basketball, including a stint with the Portland Trailblazers . Ferguson also became a businessman in 2002, when he founded Moneyball sportswear.

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10:22 am
Mon February 16, 2015

Swimming, Electrical Engineering and the Brain | Current Sports | WKAR

David Zoltowski

        EAST LANSING -- David Zoltowski, a Michigan State senior and varsity swimmer, was always sure of two things: he wanted to attend a Big Ten school and study the brain. While positive of what he wanted to do, Zoltowski’s path to MSU was a twisting one, influenced by his desire to swim collegiately.

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2:11 pm
Fri February 13, 2015

Current Sports #413 | February 13, 2015

Tom Izzo was Indianapolis last night for the Michigan Sports Hall of Fame  and Al recaps the historic moment along with Alex. Later, callers touch on Bloomfield Hills high school as they fired their basketball coach and comment on the Michigan basketball game last night. To close, Al and Alex discuss Michigan State basketball, Tiger Woods and reflect on the week in sports.


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2:12 pm
Wed February 11, 2015

Current Sports #411 | February 11, 2015

Magic Johnson had some fiery words about Jerry Buss and the Little League World Series had some news that went national. Al recaps the latest and touches on the Michigan State basketball's win last night over Northwestern. Head coach of MSU soccer Damon Rensing chats with Al about the 2015 recruiting class and what to expect next year from some of the younger players. To close the show, it's 'Barbershop Wednesday' and the topic is about what it takes to get to the professional ranks in any sport.


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2:20 pm
Tue February 10, 2015

Current Sports #410 | February 10, 2015

Happy Tuesday! On the show, Al first brings up a heartwarming about a football recruit who just wanted to play college football, and despite a cancer diagnosis, one college made his dream come true. Also, hear about the enormity of Gregg Popivich's 1,000th win. Then, Kathie Klages, head coach of MSU Women's Gymnastics, joins the show to talk about the team's upcoming schedule, fundraising, and what comes with being MSU's longest tenured coach. And tune in until the end, because there is a Valentine's Day top five special that you do not want to miss.


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2:15 pm
Mon February 9, 2015

Current Sports #409 | February 9, 2015

Michigan State basketball had a tough loss over the weekend to Illinois, as Al recaps the missed free throws and mishaps that cost MSU the game. Later, Al and Alex debate whether MSU is on the bubble and give tribute to former North Carolina coach, Dean Smith. To close, it's 'Weekend Winners' and they give insight into the NCAA investigation at Syracuse University.


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2:10 pm
Fri February 6, 2015

Current Sports #408 | February 6, 2015

A story out of Detroit has shocked the recruiting world. Ohio State's running back coach just left for the NFL and it left Detroit Cass Tech's Mike Weber upset. Al and Alex break down the news and what Urban Meyer should do. Later, Dan Kilbridge from 247 Sports breaks down Michigan State's recruiting class  and callers have questions for Dan. To  close, Al and Alex give a reflection of sports news from the week.


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8:22 pm
Thu February 5, 2015

MSU Athlete Kelsey Kuipers Answers the Call | Current Sports | WKAR

Kelsey Kuipers (far left) slaps fives with MSU women's basketball teammates.
Credit MSU Athletic Communications

EAST LANSING, Mich. – For the typical college senior, the last few months of school are haunted with one concern: get a job. Usually, this time is dedicated to gaining experience before graduation.

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3:41 pm
Thu February 5, 2015

MSU Men's Tennis Tops Toledo and Detroit | Current Sports | WKAR

MSU freshman Jasper Koenen in action against Detroit.
Credit Spencer Impellizzeri

EAST LANSING, Mich. - The Michigan State men’s tennis team had their first home dual met of the season Saturday, and came away with a pair of 7-0 victories over Toledo and Detroit Mercy at the MSU Tennis Center.

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2:13 pm
Thu February 5, 2015

Current Sports #407 | February 5, 2015

Al opens the show touching on Pete Carroll's decision making in the Super Bowl and Tom Izzo's preview for upcoming basketball games this week. Later, he touches on recruiting and Josh Gordon. To close, listeners get a sneak peak into the episode airing on Current Sports TV tonight with David Thomas and Amaka Agugua.


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2:11 pm
Wed February 4, 2015

Current Sports #406 | February 4, 2015

It's national signing day and excitement is echoing across college campuses across the country. Al and Alex recap the signings and touch briefly on the Michigan State women's basketball team. Later, Ted Zale joins Al to discuss his book, "Man of Steel," which is the autobiography of famed fighter, Tony Zale. To close, Al hits on the Pistons and Josh Gordon.


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2:19 pm
Tue February 3, 2015

Current Sports #405 | February 3, 2015

Today, on WKAR's Current Sports, Al and Alex have a back-and-forth about the importance of recruiting with Signing Day looming. Johnny Manziel is finally checking into rehab, but will it make the difference that is needed? Also, in case you missed the Mike Haynes interview, you might want to catch up as the former NFL star talks about battling cancer. 


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2:15 pm
Mon February 2, 2015

Current Sports #404 | February 2, 2015

The Super Bowl left a lot of question marks for fans, as Seattle decided not to run it with Marshawn Lynch on the goal line during the final seconds. Callers discuss the situation and also touch on the Michigan and Michigan State basketball game. Later, Al and Alex recap weekend winners and give their takes on a variety of other sports topics.


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6:24 pm
Sun February 1, 2015

VIDEO: Spartans Top Wolverines in OT | Current Sports | WKAR

Denzel Valentine had 25 points, seven rebounds and seven assists, and Michigan State held rival Michigan scoreless in overtime, outlasting the Wolverines 76-66 on Sunday.

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2:10 pm
Fri January 30, 2015

Current Sports #403 | January 30, 2015

Mike Haynes, Hall of Famer and former NFL player, discusses the current state of prostate cancer in the world and reflects on his role with the, "Know Your Stats Campaign." Later, Al gives listeners a look back on last night's Current Sports TV episode with Michigan State strength and conditioning coach, Ken Mannie. To close, it's 'Reflection Friday.'


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2:10 pm
Thu January 29, 2015

Current Sports #402 | January 29, 2015

Al opens the show recapping the Michigan State women's basketball team. Callers preview the Michigan State basketball game tonight against Rutgers and touch on the Michigan State women's basketball team. Closing the show, the dynamic duo debates about recruiting in wake of Greg Mattison's treatment during an in-home visit.


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2:14 pm
Wed January 28, 2015

Current Sports #401 | January 28, 2015

The show begins with Al breaking down some of the best Super bowl commercials in history. Later, Al chats with Golden State Warriors beat writer Diamond Leung about Klay Thompson's record breaking performance and the role of fellow Spartan Draymond Green on the teams' successful year. To close the show, Al opens up about Marshawn Lynch and his decision to avoid the media.


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2:30 pm
Tue January 27, 2015

Current Sports #400 | January 27, 2014

On today's show, Al discusses the hot issue of whether student athletes receive special treatment in the classroom. He brings up his own personal experience from his time at Michigan State, but also uses the findings from the NCAA report. Then, for the last half of the show, MMA champion fighter and amputee Ronald Mann, joins Current Sports to discuss his latest victory over Jimmy Milton.


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2:09 pm
Mon January 26, 2015

Current Sports #399 | January 26, 2014

Al chats with Detroit Pistons reporter Brendan Savage about the loss to Toronto over the weekend and what the Pistons need to overcome the injury to Brandon Jennings. Later, Al and Joe Rexrode break down Michigan State basketball and Al feeds some callers that comment on men's and women's basketball issues. To close, it's 'Weekend Winners.'


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2:42 pm
Sun January 25, 2015

VIDEO: Dave Dombrowski Visits Lansing | Current Sports | WKAR

Detroit Tigers President, CEO, and General Manager, Dave Dombrowski, was this year's premiere speaker at the Lansing Regional Chamber Economic Club Luncheon. 

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2:11 pm
Fri January 23, 2015

Current Sports #398 | January 23, 2014

De-Flate Gate just will not go away and callers express their dismay in Tom Brady's press conference yesterday. Plus, Al and Alex recap Michigan State women's basketball and the starters selected by fans for the NBA All-Star game. Plus, in case you missed Current Sports TV last night, Al airs his interview with Ithaca girl's basketball coach, Bob Anderson.


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5:08 pm
Thu January 22, 2015

VIDEO: MSU Squeaks By | Current Sports | WKAR

Branden Dawson had 12 points, 10 rebounds and three blocked shots to help Michigan State outlast Penn State 66-60 on Wednesday night.

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2:13 pm
Thu January 22, 2015

Current Sports #397 | January 22, 2014

Callers open the show with thoughts on the Patriots' "De-Flate Gate" scandal and if their famous coach knew the balls were inflated. Later, Al and Alex break down the Penn State game last night and delve into 'Throwback Thursday.' To close the show, Brandon Jennings and the NCAA investigation into academics are explored.


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2:10 pm
Wed January 21, 2015

Current Sports #396 | January 21, 2014

Al begins today's s how previewing Michigan State's game tonight against Penn State basketball. Later, the hot topic is "deflate-gate," and Al and Alex debate if the Patriots should suffer for having deflated footballs in the AFC championship game. To close the show, they briefly discuss the NCAA investigation into university academics.


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2:35 pm
Tue January 20, 2015

Current Sports #395 | January 20, 2014

University of Michigan athletics received a much-needed boost this week  with the hiring of Jim Harbaugh's son, Jay. The basketball team is still struggling however, so does the Caris LeVert injury mean it's closed curtains on the Wolverine season? Then, Current Sports  invites longtime sports radio host Jack Ebling to the show to discuss his network switch and all things sports. Finally, the show ends with the top five awkward sports moments, a segment that listeners will want to stick around for.  


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2:11 pm
Mon January 19, 2015

Current Sports #394 | January 19, 2014

On Martin Luther King day, Al reflects on his own life and recaps the weekend in Michigan State men's and women's hoops. Later, Alex and Al recap the NFL playoffs and discuss Max Scherzer's decision to join the Washington Nationals. To close the show, it's 'Weekend Winners.'


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8:37 pm
Sun January 18, 2015

VIDEO: Lost for Words - MSU / Iowa Wrap-Up | Current Sports | WKAR

 Aerial Powers had 16 points and 11 boards for the Michigan State women's basketball team in a close loss to No. 22 Iowa Sunday.The Spartans kept the high-powered Hawkeye offense (79.8 points a game) in check but couldn't come up with a final key play down the stretch. Suzy Merchant's team falls to 9-9, 1-6 in the Big Ten.

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