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Current Sports #488 | June 12, 2015

Jun 12, 2015

On today's "Current Sports" Al Martin talks about last night's NBA Finals Game 4, in which the Golden State Warriors topped the Cleveland Cavaliers to tie the series at two games. Al addresses why LeBron James haters still exists today. We also bring to you a "Flashback Friday" chat with David Thomas and Amaka Agugua of the MSU women's basketball team. The show closes out with "Reflection Friday" and a tribute to wrestling icon Dusty Rhodes.

Current Sports #486 | June 10, 2015

Jun 10, 2015

  James Moore is in the house! The former MSU fullback and founder of "Speaking with a Purpose" talks about his upcoming youth football camp. Al Martin also talks about the Cleveland Cavaliers taking a 2-1 series lead over the Golden State Warriors, giving big props to gritty guard Matthew Dellavedova. Al also briefly touches on Detroit Pistons center Andre Drummond, who is being sued for a tweet posted on social media. 

Current Sports #484 | June 8, 2015

Jun 8, 2015

Vacation is over and Al Martin returns to the mic with a hot "Current Sports." On today's show Al breaks down why last night's Game 2 of the NBA Finals was LeBron James' greatest performance to date. Also, Simone Jardim, head coach of the MSU women's tennis team, joins Al to talk about Serena Williams capturing her 20th major championship this weekend at the French Open. Then, Al closes out the show with "Weekend Winners" and special guest Ryan Slocum of ABC12 in Flint, MI.

Indigo and Minkel | Current Sports | WKAR

May 13, 2015
Matt Argillander

EAST LANSING - Waddling around the wrestling room at IM Sports West is MSU wrestling head coach Tom Minkel’s “child”. However, Indigo is no ordinary child – she is Minkel’s 17-year-old female hyacinth macaw.

“She’s smart, she’s fun, but she’s like having a permanent three-year-old child forever. They don’t grow up, they don’t mature,” Minkel said.

Let's Play Ball: Cuban Style | Current Sports | WKAR

May 13, 2015
Lia Kamana

I traveled to Cuba over spring break this past March and I didn’t know what would be waiting for me when the plane landed in Havana. The most I knew about Cuba was what I learned from my friend, and traveling companion, Erin. She studied abroad in Havana for five months in summer 2014, and fell in love with the country, its people and its culture.

She was so excited to share it with me and for me to experience it for myself.

Current Sports #468 | May 7, 2015

May 8, 2015

Current Sports with Al Martin starts off with a bang today as the show begins with discussions on "Deflategate." What exactly should happen to New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady? Al, CS engineer Isaac Constans, and callers debate the issue.

"Current State" reporter Scott Pohl heads to Ann Arbor to visit the only golf course in Michigan that provides "golfboarding" as a way of getting around the green! Hear Pohl's experience, as well as from those that have tried it. Could this spark golf interest for the young generation?

Lastly, we close out the show with "Throwback Thursday." 


The White team defeated the Green, 9-3, Saturday afternoon at Spartan Stadium for the annual Spring Game. A total of 48,000 fans showed up for the afternoon exhibition matchup, just shy of Mark Dantonio's goal of 50K.

Love Match on MSU Softball Diamond | Current Sports | WKAR

Apr 22, 2015
Andrea Harrison

EAST LANSING, Mich. -- One phone call changed everything for Andrea Harrison.

After a two-time, All-America softball career at UCLA, Harrison coached softball for two years at Norman High School in Oklahoma at age 23.

It was her first coaching gig, an exciting new start doing something she loved. It was a job where she could use her knowledge from winning a national championship as a sophomore at UCLA and help teach young people how to succeed.

Shortly after she started coaching, Harrison received a call that threw her plans in a loop.

Current Sports #456 | April 21, 2015

Apr 21, 2015

Al Martin begins today's "Current Sports" by talking about the Floyd Mayweather Jr. comments about the famed boxer believing he is better than the great Muhammad Ali. Al invites callers to join the conversation.

The Detroit Tigers move their record to 11-2 after topping the New York Yankees last night. Al talks about how this team has been able to get off to the right track and believes a "closer controversy" will ensue if Joakim Soria continues his hot play in the absence of Joe Nathan.

MSU Swimming Looking to Build for Future | Current Sports | WKAR

Apr 7, 2015

As Michigan State’s swimming and diving teams look forward to the 2015-16 season, they see this past one as a foundation.

In 2015, the women’s team scored 65 points at the Big Ten championship, placing them in 13th. The men’s team, had slightly better results, with 82 points and a 10th place finish.

And although Michigan State produced no NCAA qualifiers in the 2015 season, Matt Gianiodis, MSU’s head swimming coach, feels 2016 holds promise.

Courtesy Wharton Center for Performing Arts

"The Phantom of the Opera” is in the middle of a two-week run at MSU’s Wharton Center. A singer-actress from Bay City has the lead role of Christine.  Current State's Mark Bashore talks with Katie Travis about what it's like to perform in the touring company of the most successful musical production of all time.

Portrait: Dr. Scott Sampson
MSU Science Festival / MSU/WKAR

April 15 - 19 at Michigan State University | The MSU Science Festival is a FREE multi-day celebration of science, fueled by some of the basic elements essential to scientific inquiry: curiosity, wonder, and discovery.

A Season of Improbability | Current Sports | WKAR

Apr 6, 2015

The Duke Blue Devils topped the Michigan State men's basketball team in the Final Four on Saturday, 81 to 61 the final. Justise Winslow scored 19 points, fellow freshman Jahlil Okafor added 18 and senior Quinn Cook had 17 points for Duke. Denzel Valentine lead the way with 22 points and 11 rebounds for the Spartans. 

Michigan State is making its ninth trip to the Final Four in school history, including its seventh under Tom Izzo. The Spartans will be taking on the Duke Blue Devils Saturday night at 6:09pm. 

Swimming, from One Country to the Next | Current Sports | WKAR

Apr 2, 2015
MSU Athletics

EAST LANSING, Mich. -- Lizzie Brown, from Ashburton, New Zealand, wasn’t ready to give up swimming upon graduating high school. But taking time off from academics wasn’t ideal for her either.

Lachie McLeish, from Sydney, Australia, wanted the best of both worlds, working towards a college degree while remaining a competitive swimmer.

In the end, both swimmers found a way to do just that, but it wasn’t in their home countries. International college athletes are drawn to travel to the U.S. for college, for the education and athletic opportunities alike.

Gene Orlando Builds Legacy at MSU | Current Sports | WKAR

Mar 23, 2015
Spencer Impellizzeri

EAST LANSING – For the last two decades, Gene Orlando has been the face of tennis in East Lansing. Orlando is in his 24th season as the Michigan State men’s tennis coach and he has made his mark on the program.

Big Ten Season Begins for Spartan Softball | Current Sports | WKAR

Mar 21, 2015
MSU Athletics

EAST LANSING - Following its 27-game non-conference slate, there’s a different feeling around the Michigan State softball program heading into the Big Ten season compared from a year ago.

Junior second baseman Jacquie Reiser, who hit her first career home run in a 12-0 rout of Alabama A&M last weekend, said the team learned they can play with any team in the non-conference schedule.

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State Representative Jeremy Moss was elected last fall to the district 35 seat in the Michigan House, based in Southfield. It's a mild surprise that he replaces the member he worked for, Rudy Hobbs. Maybe the even bigger surprise is that Moss graduated from Michigan State University's School of Journalism not quite seven years ago.

What Could've Been | Current Sports | WKAR

Mar 16, 2015

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

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. 

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.  

Spartans Get Physical | Current Sports | WKAR

Mar 5, 2015

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.

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

Mar 4, 2015
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.

Current Sports #426 | March 4, 2015

Mar 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. 


Snow may be on the ground, but that doesn't stop the MSU football team from getting in the gym to prepare for another college football season. Mark Dantonio and his team held winter conditioning today at the indoor practice facility. Check out footage from the session here. 

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.

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.

VIDEO: MSU Squeaks by Rutgers | Current Sports | WKAR

Feb 23, 2015

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.

Flickr - Daniel Ramirez

The Michigan State University Alumni Association has begun asking its members a delicate question: if they could, would they like to have their remains interred on the MSU campus when they die? Their survey is designed to see if there’s enough interest to justify construction of such a place. Their description paints a picture of a peaceful garden, “complete with strolling walkways and reflection benches”, and a columbarium.

MSU studies home treatment for blood clots

Feb 16, 2015
Flickr/La Melodie

Blood clots have been in the news lately, as Michigan Governor Rick Snyder recovers from one in his leg. The governor was hospitalized for treatment, but what if clots were better treated at home? A new MSU study will look at home versus hospital care. 

Current State’s Melissa Benmark speaks with Dr. Paul Stein, a professor of osteopathic medical specialties in MSU's College of Osteopathic Medicine, who is one of the study’s leaders.

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