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11:26 am
Fri December 19, 2014

East Lansing tennis legend new Hall of Fame CEO

Todd Martin recently became CEO of the International Tennis Hall of Fame and Museum.
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Todd Martin’s days on the professional tennis circuit are behind him, but the East Lansing native has launched a new phase of his career that is keeping him active with the sport he loves. In September, he became CEO of the International Tennis Hall of Fame and Museum in Newport, Rhode Island.

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Sports
12:18 pm
Fri December 12, 2014

Book recounts Detroit Lions storied past

Joe Schmidt. Yale Lary. Alex Karras. Lem Barney. Just a few of the legendary names and stories in the 2012 book "100 Things Lions Fans Should Know and Do Before They Die."  It’s a collection of Detroit Lion history by Oakland Press sports writer Paula Pasche.

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Sports
12:11 pm
Mon December 1, 2014

MSU football looks to bowl season

MSU football coach Mark Dantonio
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The Michigan State football team wrapped up the regular season on Saturday with a 34-10 win at Penn State. The Spartans wind up with a 7-1 mark in Big Ten play and a 10-2 overall record, the fourth time in the last five seasons reaching ten victories. They won’t be playing in the Big Ten championship game; that will be Ohio State vs. Wisconsin, but a choice bowl invitation awaits for MSU.

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Sports
11:32 am
Mon November 24, 2014

Spartan women run to national crown

MSU's Leah O'Connor was the Big Ten Conference cross country athlete of the year. MSU won the national championship over the weekend.
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The MSU Women’s Cross Country team stood on college running high ground Saturday, capturing the NCAA National Championship in Terre Haute, Indiana. It was the university’s first national championship since MSU men’s hockey in 2007, and the second women’s national championship in school history.

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Sports
7:50 pm
Tue October 14, 2014

Current Sports | WKAR | Grand Ledge Football Season Recap

As Grand Ledge football (4-3 overall) prepares for a playoff run, head coach Matt Bird is stressing to his players that keeping the tradition of Comet football in mind is going to be an essential piece of a playoff puzzle.

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Sports
1:24 am
Sat October 4, 2014

MSU Men's Basketball 2014 First Practice | Current Sports | WKAR

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...

Sports
10:56 pm
Tue September 23, 2014

High School Football Rankings: Weekend Review 9/22

Seven area schools were ranked in the Michigan AP Poll for Sept. 16. Tomorrow’s AP rankings should see some shuffling; not every ranked team won their game on Friday.

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Sports
1:13 pm
Mon September 8, 2014

Spartan loss part of rough weekend for Big Ten football

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The Michigan State football team had its hands full with the University of Oregon on Saturday in Eugene, with the Ducks coming out with a solid 46-27 victory over MSU.

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Sports
12:28 pm
Thu August 14, 2014

Hamtramck Stadium recognized for Negro League heritage

Murals adorn the cinder block walls at Hamtramck Park.
WKAR/Scott Pohl

Longtime fans of the Detroit Tigers cling to their memories of Tiger Stadium. Many still visit the old site at Michigan and Trumbull in the Motor City to stand on that hallowed ground or run the base paths.

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Sports
12:13 pm
Thu August 14, 2014

Recent MSU grad tries out for LPGA

Yushira Budhram was a member of the Michigan State University Women's Golf 2013-2014 team. She is now preparing for the LPGA qualifying tournament that takes place in two weeks.
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Summer is the time of year when newly minted college graduates are pounding the pavement to grab that first job of their careers. One Michigan State University graduate is trampling a much softer surface: the fairway. 

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Sports
12:43 pm
Fri July 18, 2014

After regular season title, Lansing United poised for playoffs

Lansing United takes on Minnesota United Reserves in its first ever playoff match on July 19, 2014.
Credit Courtesy of Lansing United

The Lansing United Soccer Club has enjoyed a great first season. Last week, the team clinched the championship of the National Premier Soccer League’s Great Lakes West Conference, and this weekend, the team will host the NPSL’s Midwest Region playoffs.

Team owner Jeremy Sampson joins us to look back at the team's inaugural season and look ahead to this weekend and beyond. 

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Sports
2:22 pm
Tue July 1, 2014

Current Sports #267 | July 1, 2014

Al brings on special guest David Schuman, founder of one of the largest scouting and recruiting football camps in the country. The duo talks all aspects of recruiting and Schuman gives his take on the recruiting process. Later, Matt and Alex join to talk about the recent Detroit Tigers game-winning homer, and close the show with their top five best ways to win a game.


Sports
2:30 pm
Mon June 23, 2014

Current Sports #261 | June 23, 2014

In wake of the Portugal and United States World Cup game, Al invites Impact Sports reporter Brooks Laimbeer on the show to discuss the recent matches. They also touch on the results from Lansing United over the weekend. Later, Al throws some strong opinions at Matt and Alex regarding ties in sports, specifically soccer. To close the show, they talk about the Detroit Tigers and their heroes from the weekend.


Sports
11:54 am
Mon June 23, 2014

Why do Americans call it 'soccer'?

Is this a soccer ball or a football?
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Football is played with your hands, soccer is played with your feet. Here in the U.S., that’s something that has been ingrained in our culture regardless of any international criticism of its absurdity. However, a recent study reveals that the word "soccer" isn’t American at all. It’s actually British. 

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Sports
12:52 pm
Wed June 11, 2014

Beyond sport, the underlying politics of the World Cup

The World Cup kicks off tomorrow in Brazil.
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Once every four years, hundreds of millions of soccer fans get swept up in the excitement of the World Cup.  The month-long spectacle begins play tomorrow in Brazil.

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Sports
2:35 pm
Tue June 10, 2014

Current Sports #252 | June 10, 2014

Al kicks off the show with Detroit Pistons beat writer Vince Ellis, from the Detroit Free Press. The two talk everything Pistons, and go back from the firing of Mo Cheeks to the current hiring of Stan Van Gundy. Later, Matt and Alex join to give their take on the NCAA video game lawsuit as well as the recent hiring of Derek Fisher to the New York Knicks. The top five villains in Michigan sports history closes the show.


Sports
11:57 am
Fri May 16, 2014

Lansing United kicks off inaugural season

Earlier this month, Lansing United beat the Ann Arbor Football Club 4-0 in a preseason 'friendly' match.
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Interest in soccer will soar this year when the World Cup is played in Brazil. With that in mind, if you were going to start a new minor league soccer franchise, a World Cup year would seem to be a good time to do it.

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Business
2:10 pm
Mon April 28, 2014

Fading down the back stretch: Michigan horse racing industry struggles to keep up

Mike Stommen of Hazel Park Raceway says you can come to the racetrack and study horses' past performances and 'make your own luck.'
WKAR/Kevin Lavery

Horse racing fans around the country are gearing up for the Kentucky Derby next Saturday. The storied run that kicks off the quest for the Triple Crown will bring thousands of people to Michigan’s three horse tracks. Many will place their bets as they watch the Derby via simulcast. They’ll also come to cheer on local horses and riders who come to the tracks to test their mettle.

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Sports
1:59 pm
Mon April 28, 2014

Spartans re-load at Green & White scrimmage

Al Martin hosts 'Current Sports' on WKAR-TV and WKAR-AM 870.
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About 35,000 football fans took in MSU's annual Green and White scrimmage on Saturday at Spartan Stadium. By many accounts, Michigan State showed a lot to be excited about.

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Sports
12:17 pm
Mon April 21, 2014

Returning to run the Boston Marathon

The 2014 Boston Marathon begins at 10:00 this morning.
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The 2014 Boston Marathon is being run today. This longstanding tradition in the running world is even more significant to its participants this year, in light of last year’s bombing of the event. A number of people from mid-Michigan are participating, and Current State's Melissa Benmark catches up with one of them.

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Sports
1:34 pm
Thu April 10, 2014

MSU legal scholars argue student-athletes are employees

Michigan State University President Lou Anna K. Simon co-authored an Op-ed in the Wall Street Journal this week against unionizing college athletes.
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Late last month the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) ruled that football players at Northwestern University qualify as employees under federal law and can therefore unionize. The decision has been divisive. While some applaud the move to provide players with more rights and financial compensation, others fear that the collegiate athletic system will be destroyed by the move.

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LIVE WEBCAST
6:43 pm
Sat April 5, 2014

Covering the Olympic Games: Steve Smith and All-Star Journalist Panel

Thursday 4pm at WKAR | Watch the LIVE WEBCAST or BE IN THE AUDIENCE as an all-star panel of sports journalists share their experience covering Olympic Games around the world.

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History
1:48 pm
Tue April 1, 2014

Preserving MSU's audiovisual history

MSU archivist Portia Vescio says many MSU interviews and sportscasts are in formats that are now obsolete. MSU is soliciting public donations to digitize those records.
Credit Kevin Lavery / WKAR


The Michigan State Spartans had a great run through March Madness, making the Elite Eight. Coach Tom Izzo may want his team to watch the playback of Sunday’s game against the U-Conn Huskies for a little self-analysis. MSU has a lot of tapes like that and other sporting events, some of which pre-date World War II. However, those old film and video clips are falling apart over time. Now, MSU is asking the public for donations to digitize those records for posterity.

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Sports
12:34 pm
Wed February 26, 2014

Voice of the Tigers previews 2014 season

Dan Dickerson says that in just ten years, the Detroit Tigers have gone from the team that never wins to the team that everyone expects to see in the post season.
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As the Detroit Tigers start off their training season this year in Lakeland, Florida, fans and commentators alike are keeping an eye out for updates. This will be the Tigers 44th year at Joker Marchant Stadium for spring training.

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Radio Made in Michigan
1:11 pm
Thu January 23, 2014

Filmmaker documents Detroit, Happy Valley in transition

Throughout the year, MSU’s Residential College in the Arts and Humanities brings in speakers and artists from around the country for their Wednesday Night Live series. This week they welcomed filmmaker Erik Proulx, who screened his short film "Lemonade: Detroit." His latest film “365 Days: A year in Happy Valley”  re-examines  the Penn State scandal and looks at how the community coping.

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Radio Made in Michigan
11:05 am
Wed December 18, 2013

Audio Postcard: Young Lansing skaters off to nationals

Hannah Miller (left), Devin Pascoe (center) and Maeve Pascoe (right) are three of the five local skaters heading to the U.S. Figure Skating Championships.
Credit Kevin Lavery/WKAR

Five of mid-Michigan’s finest figure skaters will soon be on their way to the U.S. Figure Skating Championships.  The week-long event begins January 5 in Boston.

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Radio Made in Michigan
11:46 am
Mon December 9, 2013

New Big Ten champs bound for Pasadena

MSU football coach Mark Dantonio celebrates Saturday's victory over Ohio State in the Big Ten championship game.
Credit Al Martin/WKAR

Pasadena hasn't been on the MSU football itinerary since 1988. In 23 days, that will change with a Spartan Rose Bowl date with Stanford.

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Radio Made in Michigan
1:01 pm
Mon November 25, 2013

Spartans clinch Legends, prep for Gophers, Big 10 title game

The Spartans have a final home game with Minnesota on Saturday before playing Ohio State in the Big Ten championship game.
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The Michigan State football team is heading to Indianapolis for the second time in three years for the Big Ten championship game against the Buckeyes of Ohio State. That's on December 7.

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Radio Made in Michigan
12:59 pm
Mon November 25, 2013

Author compiles Bucket List for Spartan fans

Author Michael Emmerich returns to Michigan State when he can from his home in Seattle.
Credit Courtesy/Ann Emmerich

Much has been written about Michigan State University’s rich sports history, and the latest entry in that arena is a book called “100 Things Michigan State Fans Should Know and Do Before They Die”.

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Radio Made in Michigan
10:28 am
Wed November 20, 2013

For some skaters, path to Sochi goes through Lansing

A skater practices at Suburban Ice in East Lansing.
Credit Kevin Lavery/WKAR

The road to the 22nd Winter Olympic Games in Sochi, Russia runs through East Lansing this week. Beginning today, the city plays host to nearly 250 athletes competing in the 2014 Midwestern Sectional Figure Skating Championships.

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