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The NBA draft was held last week. Former Spartans Branden Dawson and Travis Trice now hope to make pro teams.


Current Sports #482 | May 28, 2015

May 28, 2015

On this Thursday's edition of Current Sports, Al and Isaac kick it off with their long-awaited discussion of whether or not the three point has harmed basketball. They also relate this to the Rockets-Warriors series and preview the NBA Finals. Then, Al and Isaac talk about the strange story of a former MSU basketball player who just went on an unexpected and unprovoked Twitter rant. Next, Al reminisces with this edition of 'Throwback Thursday'. Finally, the show closes with a discussion of Jim Harbaugh's most recent comments on MSU.  


Current Sports #448 | April 9, 2015

Apr 9, 2015

  Al has Big Ten and MSU goaltender Jake Hildebrand on Current Sports TV tonight and listeners get a sneak peak on the radio show today. Al also touches on the Tom Izzo "end-of-the-year" press conference and discusses what the injury of Joe Nathan means to the Detroit Tigers. To close, it's 'Throwback Thursday.'


Current Sports #445 | April 6, 2015

Apr 6, 2015

  The road has ended for Michigan State men's basketball and Al is back with Alex to recap what happened. The two recap the season, preview next year's team and dive into Opening Day for the Detroit Tigers. Towards the end of the show, Al gives his weekend winners and paints the picture for listeners what the atmosphere was like in downtown Indianapolis.


Current Sports #444 | April 2, 2015

Apr 2, 2015

Al opens the show fielding callers who talk about Michigan State basketball's Final Four road and the state of Michigan football under new head coach, Jim Harbaugh. Later, listeners get a sneak peak into tonight's Current Sports TV episode with John Johnson from the MHSAA. To close, Justin Verlander and other sports topics hit the airwaves.


Current Sports #441 | March 30, 2015

Mar 30, 2015

The MSU Men's basketball team did the improbable and made it to the Final Four with a win over Louisville. Current Sports host, Al Martin, analyzes the game over the weekend and invites ABC-12 Sports Reporter Ryan Slocum on the air to give his take as he covered the game at Syracuse. 

Later, Al and engineer, Alex Scharg, provide their weekend winners and give a sneak peak into tomorrow's Current Sports guest.


Current Sports #439 | March 26, 2015

Mar 26, 2015

 Spring football quickly approaches, so Al and Alex give listeners what to watch for during the spring game and analyze positions on the football roster. Later, Al gives listeners a sneak peak into tonight's Current Sports TV episode with Okemos' head hockey coach. Closing the show, Lauren Verrusio, a Google Trends expert, breaks down the most searched topics during March Madness.


Current Sports #429 | March 9, 2015

Mar 9, 2015

  The verdict is in and Ndamokung Suh is no longer a Detroit Lion. Al breaks down what happened and also about what the Lions could have done to keep Suh in the blue. Later, Al chats with head coach Bill McCullen about DeWitt's season and the continued run against Ann Arbor Huron. To close, it's 'Weekend Winners.'

  

Current Sports #427 | March 5, 2015

Mar 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.'


Current Sports #424 | March 2, 2015

Mar 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.'


Current Sports #419 | February 23, 2015

Feb 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.


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MSU men’s basketball turned a glaring weakness to an impressive strength last night in Champaign, Illinois, beating the Illini 60 to 53, and avenging a loss at the Breslin Center.

 Current State talks to to Detroit Free Press writer Joe Rexrode about the Spartan's victory.  

Current Sports #416 | February 18, 2015

Feb 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.


Current Sports #414 | February 16, 2015

Feb 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.


Current Sports #411 | February 11, 2015

Feb 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.


Current Sports #409 | February 9, 2015

Feb 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.


Current Sports #399 | January 26, 2014

Jan 26, 2015

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.'


Current Sports #397 | January 22, 2014

Jan 22, 2015

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.


Current Sports #396 | January 21, 2014

Jan 21, 2015

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.


Current Sports #394 | January 19, 2014

Jan 19, 2015

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.'


Current Sports #389 | January 12, 2014

Jan 12, 2015

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.'


Current Sports #388 | January 9, 2014

Jan 9, 2015

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.


Current Sports #383 | December 19, 2014

Dec 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.


Current Sports #381 | December 17, 2014

Dec 17, 2014

Al and Alex kick off the show previewing MSU basketball's game tonight against Eastern Michigan and touch on the Greg Monroe trade rumors . LPGA golfer Liz Nagel joins in the second half to discuss her pro career and some of the challenges she has faced on her way to success. To close, recent comments about concussions in the NFL are debated.


Current Sports #380 | December 16, 2014

Dec 16, 2014

Michigan State is heading to the Cotton Bowl and the team addressed the media today with information. Al breaks down the press conference and also dives into the coaching search with University of Michigan. Later, Al and Alex give their top five college three-point shooters in wake of the college basketball season and they close the show previewing the women's basketball game tonight against Alcorn State.


Current Sports #372 | December 4, 2014

Dec 5, 2014

MSU basketball went through a rough loss against Notre Dame in overtime,and Al invites Detroit Free Presss beat writer, Joe Rexrode, on the show to break down what happened. Rexrode also gives his outlook on the rest of the season.  To close, it's 'Throwback Thursday,' and it is a special day for Barry Sanders. The team breaks down how spectacular Sanders was as an NFL running back.


Current Sports #369 | December 1, 2014

Dec 1, 2014

Three local mid-Michigan teams went onto play at Ford Field in the state championships, but none of the teams came back with a victory. MLive.com's Mike Kohon explains what happened last weekend down in Detroit. Later, Al and Alex recap the MSU basketball and football games over the weekend and close the show with 'Weekend Winners.'


Current Sports #368 | November 25, 2014

Nov 25, 2014

On this edition of Current Sports, Al rants about Johnny 'Football' Manziel and his innocence in light of a recent battery accusation set forth by a fan. MSU men's basketball is also discussed after its recent win over Santa Clara, while the women's team is set to face Oakland tomorrow night. Also, tune in to hear about the Pistons' problems 13 games into the season. There is a thanksgiving theme for 'Top Five Tuesday', as Al and Alex discuss what they are thankful for in the world of sports.


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The Michigan State football team got back on the winning track Saturday, beating Maryland 37-15. The win moves MSU’s record to 8-2, 5-1 in Big Ten Conference play. Next Saturday, the Spartans will play their final home game of the season, hosting Rutgers.

Current Sports #342 | October 17, 2014

Oct 17, 2014

Mike Kohon, high school sports reporter from MLive.com, joins Al to analyze the college football season and preview the big games this weekend. Later in the show, Al and Alex recap Big Ten basketball media day and also touch on the Lions and Saints game this weekend. Finally, the crew debates about the Ryder Cup committee intended to improve team USA.


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