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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.

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.

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. 

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
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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.

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.

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 Softball Bouncing Back from Tragedy | Current Sports | WKAR

Feb 23, 2015

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.”

Swimming, Electrical Engineering and the Brain | Current Sports | WKAR

Feb 16, 2015

        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.

MSU Men's Tennis Tops Toledo and Detroit | Current Sports | WKAR

Feb 5, 2015
Spencer Impellizzeri

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.

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.

Spartans struggle to rebound from midseason slump

Jan 26, 2015
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It was a frustrating outing Saturday for Michigan State men's basketball.  The team's performance was lacking in a number of areas in its 79-77 loss to Nebraska.

"Jekyll and Hyde" is the way the Detroit Free Press's Joe Rexrode described both the game and the season.

Rexrode and WKAR's Al Martin comment on where the Spartans stand at this point in the conference season.

VIDEO: MSU Squeaks By | Current Sports | WKAR

Jan 22, 2015

Branden Dawson had 12 points, 10 rebounds and three blocked shots to help Michigan State outlast Penn State 66-60 on Wednesday night.

 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.

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

Jan 16, 2015

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. 

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

Led by four individual runners in the top-25, the Michigan State women's cross country team claimed the program's first ever NCAA Cross Country Championship. Running in front of a huge crowd of MSU fans, the Spartans finished 62 points ahead of runner-up Iowa State with a team score of 85 points, the lowest total at the NCAA Championships since 2008 (Washington, 79).

Michigan State cruises to a 79-52 win over Santa Clara at the Breslin Center on November 24th. Gavin Schilling had career highs of 14 points and 11 rebounds. Marvin Clark Jr., starting in place of Branden Dawson - out with the flu - had 15 points and four blocked shots for the Spartans (3-1), who never trailed and built a 40-14 halftime lead. Denzel Valentine added 13 points and 11 rebounds.

Michigan State cruises to a 79-52 win over Santa Clara at the Breslin Center on November 24th. Gavin Schilling had career highs of 14 points and 11 rebounds. Marvin Clark Jr., starting in place of Branden Dawson - out with the flu - had 15 points and four blocked shots for the Spartans (3-1), who never trailed and built a 40-14 halftime lead. Denzel Valentine added 13 points and 11 rebounds. Game highlights are featured here.

WKAR's Al Martin reports from the Breslin Center on the Michigan State loss to Notre Dame. The Spartans fell, 71 to 63, to a top five team in the Fighting Irish, going toe to toe and competing throughout the game. The motivation behind the gritty outing? A moment of "disrespect" during pre-game warmups. Find out how the Spartans earned that respect in the report. 

WKAR's Al Martin reports from Spartan Stadium on the aftermath of MSU's defeat to Ohio State, 49 to 37 the final. The four-team playoff hopes of the Spartans have now vanished, and the Spartans now try to lick their wounds and find other motivators to finish the season strong.  The Buckeyes have not lost at Spartan Stadium since 1999 and have defeated Michigan State four times in the past six games.

WKAR's Al Martin reports from MSU Men's Basketball Media Day as the Spartans prepare for another season on the hardwood. Junior Denzel Valentine and Senior Travis Trice are the captains of this year's team. Find out how they are transitioning into leadership and evaluate the expectations of where they believe this team can end up.

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WKAR's Al Martin reports from Spartan Stadium on the aftermath of the 35 to 11 Michigan State win over Michigan.

Nebraska / MSU Game Recap | Current Sports | WKAR

Oct 6, 2014

WKAR's Al Martin wraps-up MSU's Big Ten opening win over Nebraska at Spartan Stadium. The Spartans topped the Cornhuskers, 27 to 22.  Following MSU's win to open the Big Ten season, the Spartans moved up to No. 8 in both The Associated Press Poll and Amway Coaches Poll. The No. 8/8 Spartans (4-1, 1-0) will now hit the road to take on Purdue (3-3, 1-1) Saturday, Oct. 11 at 3:30 p.m. in West Lafayette, Indiana. 

Tom Izzo addresses the media prior to the MSU men's basketball team's first practice of the new season. Hear what Izzo had to say about starting fresh, new faces on the team, and so much more...

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