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Courtesy photo / Big Ten Network

Televised sports come in all sorts of forms. This time of year, basketball dominates sports broadcasting, but there’s hockey, too, and spring training baseball is getting started. At the Big Ten Network, they’re adding something different to the lineup: League of Legends. Teams from conference schools are competing right now in the popular video game, and the championship will be televised at the end of March.


Suzy Merchant in radio studio
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Michigan State University women’s basketball coach Suzy Merchant is taking a medical leave of absence.

Current Sports | January 3, 2017

Jan 3, 2017

First Current Sports of 2017; WMU / Wisconsin Cotton Bowl; Cory Olsen of MLIVE; Lane Kiffin


Tom Izzo photo
WKAR-MSU

Current Sports host Al Martin talks with MSU basketball coach Tom Izzo about where his team stands this season.


Tom Izzo wins Dean Smith award photo
Matthew Mitchell / MSU Athletic Communications

The Detroit Lions picked up a win over the Chicago Bears at home yesterday. Current Sports host Al Martin discusses the hand injury suffered by quarterback Matthew Stafford and a weekend update on MSU men’s basketball.


Michigan State won national championships in both football and hockey in 1966. The following year, an upstart bunch of wrestlers won MSU’s only title in that sport. We talk about that magical season with Dale Anderson, author of “A Spartan Journey: Michigan State’s 1967 Miracle on the Mat.”


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Al Martin / WKAR

The Detroit Lions beat the New Orleans Saints on the road yesterday, marking seven wins in the last eight contests. Current Sports host Al Martin talks about what is going right for the Honolulu Blue.


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The Michigan Wolverines and Ohio State Buckeyes provided a rivalry game for the ages on Saturday . We talk with Current Sports host Al Martin about how the college football playoff was shaken up a bit with the outcome, the final game of the MSU football season and the NFC North-leading Detroit Lions.


Chris Frey photo
Matthew Mitchell

The MSU football and men’s basketball teams were both involved in nail-biters over the weekend. One Spartan squad lost, while the other wiped its brow in victory. Current Sports host Al Martin helps us recap those barn-burners, as well as update us on the Detroit Lions win against Jacksonville.


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The 49-0 drubbing of Rutgers on Saturday finally gave the MSU football team a conference win. We talk with Current Sports host Al  Martin about the Spartan victory and Michigan's loss at Iowa.


Golden Tate photo
Gavin Smith / Detroit Lions

Matthew Stafford has done it again. The Detroit Lions quarterback displayed last minute heroics during yesterday’s road game against the Minnesota Vikings. We chat with Current Sports host Al Martin.


New sod at Cooley Law School Stadium photo
Kevin Lavery / WKAR

Current State’s Kevin Lavery talks with Lansing Lugnuts general manager Nick Grueser about the new upgrades to the playing field at Cooley Law School Stadium.


Current Sports host Al Martin talks with sports TV and radio broadcaster Jack Ebling about his new book on the unbelievable end to last year’s Michigan State-Michigan football game.


Henry Ford baseball photo
Courtesy photo / Lelands.com

A baseball signed by Henry Ford was discovered in a New Jersey couple’s attic. Along with Ford’s signature were signatures of some other Ford engineers and racing great Ralph DePalma. We speak with Josh Evans, the founder of Lelands.com, which is auctioning the ball on Friday.


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Scott Pohl / WKAR

Not every baseball fan in Michigan is obsessed with the Detroit Tigers. Lots of people around here root for the Chicago Cubs. We’ll talk with WKAR-TV executive producer Tim Zeko about how special it is to see his team in the World Series for the first time since 1945.


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