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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.  


Sports
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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3:33 pm
Fri January 16, 2015

VIDEO: Spartans Making "U-Turn" | Current Sports | WKAR

With three players earning double-doubles, the Michigan State women's basketball team captured its first Big Ten win with a 63-56 win over Illinois Thursday at the Breslin Center. In the midst of such a rocky start to the conference season, the Spartan's are still staying positive. WKAR's Al Martin reports from the Breslin Center on how this team is planning a "U-Turn" as the season rolls on. 

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2:10 pm
Fri January 16, 2015

Current Sports #393 | January 16, 2014

Al recaps the Michigan State women's basketball game yesterday and the adversity that head coach Suzy Merchant has faced this season. Later, he receives callers who discuss the NFL playoffs. Alex joins later to debate if staying in school was the right decision for Cardale Jones. Closing the show are playoff predictions from student assistants and 'Reflection Friday.'


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2:10 pm
Thu January 15, 2015

Current Sports #392 | January 15, 2014

Al and Alex break down the recent decision of Marcus Mariota to enter the NFL draft. When will he be drafted and will be he a successful NFL quarterback? The guys debate it. Later, they discuss the Detroit Pistons and Detroit Red Wings. And to close, listeners get a sneak peak to tonight's Current Sports TV episode.


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2:32 pm
Wed January 14, 2015

Current Sports #391 | January 14, 2014

Brooks Laimbeer, soccer reporter for MSU Impact Sports, joins Al to discuss the MLS combine and which MSU players have a chance of being selected in the draft. Al and Alex also debate about Peyton Manning's legacy and where he ranks among top quarterbacks in the league. To close, they discuss Floyd Mayweather and the Detroit Tigers salary arbitration.


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2:31 pm
Wed January 14, 2015

Current Sports #390 | January 13, 2014

Al opens the show with callers who had a lot to say on the National Championship game last night. Al and Alex also give an outlook on Ohio State's football team next season and how Michigan State will match up. Later, Lansing State Journal reporter Brian Calloway analyzes the Michigan State women's basketball team and he also comments on breaking news regarding Jasmine Lumpkin.


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10:06 pm
Tue January 13, 2015

VIDEO: Lansing Everett Tops East Lansing | Current Sports | WKAR

The Lansing Everett Vikings manage to remain undefeated in the CAAC Blue with a 61-56 win over the East Lansing Trojans.  Mikhail Myles lead the way for East Lansing, pouring in 21 points, while Trevor Manuel kept the Vikings afloat with 27 points.  Watch full game hilights here, shot by WKAR's Al Martin. 

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2:11 pm
Mon January 12, 2015

Current Sports #389 | January 12, 2014

The national championship is tonight and Al gives predictions for the game along with Detroit Free Press reporter, Joe Rexrode. Al and Alex also touch on the recent overtime win over Northwetsern for Michigan State basketball and they comment on Shilique Calhoun's decision to stay for his senior year. Later, it's 'Weekend Winners.'


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2:13 pm
Fri January 9, 2015

Current Sports #388 | January 9, 2014

In case listeners missed it, Al gives a review of last night's Current Sports TV interview with Lansing State Journal reporter, Chris Solari. Alex joins in to recap the Michigan State basketball win last night over Iowa and debate if the team can rely on the three-pointer for the rest of the year. To close, the duo looks back on the top stories in sports throughout the week.


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2:09 pm
Thu January 8, 2015

Current Sports #387 | January 8, 2014

Michigan State's football team made a splash by hiring Texas A&M's former defensive coordinator, Mark Snyder, as a defensive assistant to Harlon Barnett and Mike Tressel. Al and Alex break down the hire and also touch on the continued winning streak of the Detroit Pistons. Later, Bob Every joins to discuss the recent inductees into the Greater Lansing Sports Hall of Fame. To close, it's 'Throwback Thursday.'


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2:35 pm
Wed January 7, 2015

Current Sports #386 | January 7, 2014

The Detroit Pistons keep its winning streak alive and Al Martin is jumping for joy! He begins recapping the big win over the defending NBA champion San Antonio Spurs and also brings up the new inductees into the Major League Baseball Hall of Fame. Later, Kevin Gehl, sports anchor and reporter from WLNS TV-6, recaps the Cotton Bowl with Al. To close, UFC fighter Jon Jones and college football quarterback Jameis Winston are also discussed. 


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2:33 pm
Wed January 7, 2015

Current Sports #385 | January 6, 2014

The controversy continues with the pass interference  penalty and callers run through the first half of the show debating about the referees from the Detroit Lions game . Later, Al and Alex give the top five reasons why Ndamukong Suh will leave the Detroit lions next year. A tribute to sports broadcaster Stuart Scott, who sadly passed away this past weekend to cancer, is given by Al at the start of the show as well.


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11:59 pm
Mon January 5, 2015

VIDEO: MSU Men's Basketball Cruises Over Indiana | Current Sports | WKAR

WKAR's Al Martin brings you his post-game report on the MSU men's basketball win over Indiana on Monday night. 

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2:18 pm
Mon January 5, 2015

Current Sports #384 | January 5, 2014

The new year is here and it starts off with controversy. The Detroit Lions dropped a close game to the Cowyboys and a pass interference call has a lot of fans talking. Rod Beard from the Detroit News gives his thoughts on the call and touches on University of Michigan basketball. Later, Alex joins to recap the Cotton Bowl and give sports winners over the holiday break.


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2:29 pm
Fri December 19, 2014

Current Sports #383 | December 19, 2014

News has came out that Branden Dawson has a fractured wrist and Al and Alex break down the injury along with the players that need to step up. Later, they preview the Lions game against the Bears on Sunday. Listeners then get a recap of the Mike Ball Current Sports TV interview, as the show closes with a 'Reflection Friday' of this year in sports.


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2:08 pm
Thu December 18, 2014

Current Sports #382 | December 18, 2014

Al opens the show with analysis of the reported Jim Harbaugh deal with Michigan football. Alex gets in on the fun later to comment on Michigan State basketball's win over EMU last night and the callers start pouring in with their opinions of Michigan football's coaching search. Later, it's 'Throwback Thursday' to close.


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