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.”
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.
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.'
The NBA trade deadline ends today at 3 p.m. and Al breaks down all of the possible scenarios for the Detroit Pistons. Max Scherzer is also discussed and listeners get a sneak peak into Current Sports TV with radio host, Rico Beard. Ending the show, Al explores what happened on this day in sports for February 19 during "Throwback Thursday."
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
By Spencer Impellizzeri: Current Sports Beat Reporter
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.'
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.
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.
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.
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.