Al Martin

Sports
2:40 pm
Wed March 18, 2015

Current Sports #434 | March 18, 2015

  March Madness is here and Al breaks down all of the NCAA tournament regions with the, "man behind the glass," Alex Scharg. Later, they predict whether the Detroit Pistons will make the playoffs and recap the Delton Williams road rage incident. To close, concussions in sports is touched on.


Sports
2:40 pm
Wed March 18, 2015

Current Sports #432 | March 16, 2015

  Michigan State men's basketball had a triumphant run in the Big Ten tournament but came inches short from winning the championship. Al and Alex recap stories on the road and break down the games from the tournament. The duo later discusses all things March Madness.


Sports
2:19 pm
Tue March 17, 2015

Current Sports #433 | March 17, 2015

Happy St. Patrick's Day and Happy Tuesday! There is a lot to discuss on this edition of Current Sports with Al Martin, especially the release of the NCAA Men's Bracket. How far could MSU go and who is going to shock the nation this year? Al brings on Drew Sharp, sports columnist for the Detroit Free Press, to help answer some of the toughest questions about this year's bracket. Also, breaking news on air came out of the MSU football camp concerning MSU running back Delton Williams, who has been suspended from the team.

Lastly,  the top five moments in NCAA tournament history star in today's 'Top Five Tuesday' segment. Let the MADNESS begin!!!


Sports
2:20 am
Mon March 16, 2015

What Could've Been | Current Sports | WKAR

Wisconsin outscored Michigan State 11-0 in an overtime thriller on Sunday for an 80-69 victory in the Big Ten Tournament championship game.

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Sports
7:25 pm
Sat March 14, 2015

Spartans Continue Redemption Tour | Current Sports | WKAR

Travis Trice scored 20 points, Branden Dawson added 17 points and eight rebounds and Michigan State fought back to beat No. 8 Maryland on Saturday in the Big Ten tournament semifinals in Chicago. 

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Sports
4:11 am
Sat March 14, 2015

Spartans Take Care of Buckeyes in Chicago | Current Sports | WKAR

The Michigan State men's basketball team beat Ohio State, 76-67, at the United Center in Chicago, IL, moving on to the semifinals of the Big Ten Tournament.  

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Sports
2:30 pm
Fri March 6, 2015

Current Sports #428 | March 6, 2015

  In a shocking development, the NCAA brought the hammer down on Syracuse because of the school's student athlete academic violations, resulting in lost scholarships and vacated wins. Al Martin tackles this hot topic and gets responses from a variety of callers, including a professor to offer her take on whether athletes receive preferential treatment. Michigan State basketball has had a busy week, for both the men's and women's. Tune in to hear the latest on both of the Spartan teams. Finally, no week is complete without a weekly reflection, so tune in to hear what you missed earlier in the week.


Sports
2:18 pm
Thu March 5, 2015

Current Sports #427 | March 5, 2015

  The Michigan State men's basketball team came up big last night against Purdue! It was also "Senior Night," as Branden Dawson, Travis Trice, and Keenan Wetzel said goodbye to the Breslin Center.  Al recaps the game and discusses the  surprising arrest of MSU wide receiver Macgarrett Kings Jr. Later, Chris Hauler, from MLIVE.com, takes listeners into the mind of Lansing Everett's Trevor Manuel and previews high school basketball around the area. To close, Al touches on the Detroit Pistons and 'Throwback Thursday.'


Sports
1:59 am
Thu March 5, 2015

Spartans Get Physical | Current Sports | WKAR

Travis Trice equaled a career high with 27 points and Matt Costello lifted Michigan State at both ends of the court, helping the Spartans to a 72-66 victory over Purdue on Wednesday night. Michigan State played the entire second half without Branden Dawson, who appeared to take a shot to the head and was limited to nine minutes on senior night.

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Sports
3:35 pm
Wed March 4, 2015

Manuel Doesn’t Follow Hometown Hero Route, but Strives for Greatness | Current Sports | WKAR

Trevor Manuel anticipates the jump-ball against Grand Ledge.
Credit Chris Hauler

LANSING--- Lansing Everett’s gym echoes with the sound of sneakers squeaking across the hardwood. The energy level was high, matching a fresh team, not one at the end of a grinding regular season.

Forward Trevor Manuel sweated profusely as he raced up and down the court, barking out defensive assignments and swatting shots. Manuel was working hard, under the banner of Everett’s most famous alumni, Earvin “Magic” Johnson.

Manuel competes like an athlete fighting for minutes, rather than a star player for a team that already won its conference championship.

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Sports
2:18 pm
Wed March 4, 2015

Current Sports #426 | March 4, 2015

  The East Lansing boy's basketball team are the hottest team in Mid-Michigan! Coming off a win over Lansing Catholic last night, they are now winners of nine of the last 10 games! Al chats with head coach Steve Finamore about what has "clicked" for the Trojans.  Al also discusses the tragedy of Hank Gathers 25 years ago to the day, and also dives into the Michigan and Michigan State basketball men's basketball teams. 


Sports
2:39 pm
Tue March 3, 2015

Current Sports #425 | March 3, 2015

  On today's show, Al recaps the High School basketball girls district action from last night. TJ Hawkins, head coach of Lansing Waverly chats with Al about "March Madness." Al then discusses the confusion surrounding the Tom Izzo comments about Kentucky. Also, the Lions made some shakeups with signing of Dan Orlovsky, but with the Ndamokung Suh decision still impending, there is plenty to be discussed about Detroit football. Finally, on this 'Top Five Tuesday', Al and Alex share their favorite Suh moments.


Sports
9:43 pm
Mon March 2, 2015

VIDEO: Waverly Girls Top Okemos to Keep Season Alive | Current Sports | WKAR

The Waverly girls basketball team tops Okemos on the road, 65 to 16 the final. TJ Hawkins and the Warriors, who have spent time just outside the top 10 in the Class A rankings all year, now move on in the district tournament. Watch hilights from Monday night's game here. 

Sports
9:40 pm
Mon March 2, 2015

VIDEO: Holt Claims a Share of the CAAC Blue Title | Current Sports | WKAR

The Grand Ledge girls basketball team relinquishes an opportunity to win the CAAC Blue title outright, falling to Holt, 62 to 48.  Grand Ledge, Holt, and East Lansing all share the conference championship and now await district play.  Catch full hilights from the Rams win right here. 

Sports
2:14 pm
Mon March 2, 2015

Current Sports #424 | March 2, 2015

  Michigan State basketball had a tipsy-turvy weekend and now need some crucial wins down the Big Ten stretch for an NCAA tournament bid. Al invites Graham Couch, sports columnist of the Lansing State Journal to break down what happened in Madison, Wisconsin and give an outlook for the rest of the season. Later, Al and Alex debate Ndamukong Suh and the NBA MVP. To close, Al chats with Kirk Cousins and gives his 'Weekend Winners.'


Sports
2:08 pm
Wed February 25, 2015

Current Sports #421 | February 25, 2015

  The MSU men's basketball team is on a four-game winning streak, marking the best stretch for the team thus far.  Al plays audio from the Tom Izzo weekly press conference and previews the upcoming Minnesota game. Later, WLNS-TV 6 reporter Audrey Dahlgren analyzes the Michigan State women's basketball season. The St. Louis Rams moving to California and the Derrick Rose injury are also discussed.


Sports
2:23 pm
Tue February 24, 2015

Current Sports #420 | February 24, 2015

On today's episode of Current Sports radio, Al kicks it with Impact Sports MSU Basketball Reporter Andrew Hayes to talk movies! They are not talking about the Oscars though, but Keenan Wetzel's new short film, The Cager​ starring Delvon Roe. Also, Al talks about the NFL combine held in Indianapolis and how some former Spartans helped out their draft stocks. Finally, 'Top Five Tuesday' has a maize and blue hue today, as we discuss the top five reasons to be optimistic about the U of M basketball season. 


Sports
9:20 pm
Mon February 23, 2015

VIDEO: "The Cager" Premieres at NCG | Current Sports | WKAR

MSU men's basketball player Keenan Wetzel has been working on his film, "The Cager," for quite some time and finally was ready to reveal it to the public. 

The young director premiered the 25-minute short film in a private gala at NCG theatre in Lansing, MI. The movie stars his former MSU teammate, Delvon Roe. Wetzel wrote the script and began directing the film last summer.

WKAR's Al Martin made the trip to NCG to talk with Keenan, and others, about the remarkable accomplishment.

Sports
9:17 pm
Mon February 23, 2015

VIDEO: Senior Day Filled with Hugs and Tears | Current Sports | WKAR

The MSU women's basketball team closed out the final home game of the season with a 60 to 50 win over Rutgers on Sunday afternoon. 

Michigan State seniors Becca Mills, Madison Williams, Anna Morrissey, Kendra Lumpkin and Kelsey Kuipers, were honored after the game.

Sports
9:12 pm
Mon February 23, 2015

VIDEO: MSU Squeaks by Rutgers | Current Sports | WKAR

Aerial Powers scored 18 points and matched a career-high with 18 rebounds for her 20th double-double of the season to help Michigan State upset cold-shooting No. 19 Rutgers 60-50 Sunday.

Powers has now scored 600 points this season, breaking the school's single-season scoring record.

Rutgers (20-7, 11-5 Big Ten) falls into a three-way tie with Minnesota and Ohio State for third place in the conference. Michigan State (13-14, 5-11) is now 2-7 against ranked opponents this season.

Checkout hilights from Sunday's game here.

Sports
2:12 pm
Mon February 23, 2015

Current Sports #419 | February 23, 2015

Al opens the show recapping a big win over the University of Illinois for Michigan State men's basketball. Later, he recaps the women's basketball team and the Detroit Pistons. To close, Al and Alex preview the Mayweather and Pacquiao fight and give their weekend winners.


Sports
10:19 am
Mon February 23, 2015

MSU Softball Bouncing Back from Tragedy | Current Sports | WKAR

EAST LANSING - The 2014 Michigan State softball season was one to forget for Coach Jacquie Joseph.

 The death of assistant coach Charles Fobbs in a pre-season car crash and injuries to their top two pitchers made for an emotional year, as the Spartans finished with a 12-37 record.

 “Was it the worst year of my life? Yeah,” Joseph said. “It’s because, for a lot of reasons. I lost one of my very close friends who happened to be on my staff.  It was incredibly difficult time, and on top of it we didn’t have a great season.”

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Sports
10:08 am
Mon February 23, 2015

East Lansing Senior Pursues His Last Chance for State Title | Current Sports | WKAR

EAST LANSING – The only focus for East Lansing senior wrestler Brian Darios is to win a state championship. In 2014, he set the school record for most pins in a season (32) and was a state runner-up. Numerous injuries have kept him off the mat this year, but his determination hasn’t wavered.

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Sports
2:21 pm
Fri February 20, 2015

Current Sports #418 | February 20, 2015

 What a wacky day in the NBA yesterday, as many trades were made. Al starts off today's show recapping the moves of the Detroit Pistons and a potential rule change by the NCAA. Later, Bob Every joins Al to discuss new rule changes in baseball and the big anniversary of the Greater Lansing Sports Hall of Fame. Closing the show, it's 'Reflection Friday.'


Sports
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.


Sports
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!


Sports
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.


Sports
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.
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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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Sports
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.


Sports
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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