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.

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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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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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.

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.

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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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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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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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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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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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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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.
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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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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.
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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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Radio Made in Michigan
11:17 am
Fri November 8, 2013

Spartans open season with eye toward Final Four

Coach Tom Izzo has assembled a team that many experts expect to compete for a championship.
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Another highly anticipated Michigan State basketball season tips off tonight.  The Spartans are ranked #2 in the country in the two major pre-season polls.  MSU opens against McNeese State tonight at the Breslin Center.

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Radio Made in Michigan
11:10 am
Mon November 4, 2013

MSU defense dominates in rout of Wolverines

The MSU football team celebrates with the Spartan Marching Band and the student section after beating Michigan on Saturday.
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The Michigan State football team is undefeated in Big Ten Conference play and in first place in the Legends Division. Overall, MSU is 8-1.

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Radio Made in Michigan
1:48 pm
Fri November 1, 2013

MSU, U of M make Best Fight Song list

The MSU fight song was ranked #16 on Yahoo's list of top fight songs in college football.
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Michigan State University football fans look forward to hearing Spartan touchdown cheers resound on the banks of the Red Cedar tomorrow, as University of Michigan faithful  hope to repeat last year’s victorious performance.

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5:10 pm
Thu October 17, 2013

Current Sports TV - Lansing Everett at Grand Ledge HS Fball Wk. 7

This week saw a battle in the CAAC blue conference as Grand Ledge hosted Lansing Everett. Grand Ledge pulled out a 41 to 19 win, propelling them to second place in the conference. Pretty remarkable, seeing as though the Comets started the season 0-3! Alex Scharg talked with Grand Ledge head coach Matt Bird afterward.

Radio Made in Michigan
11:40 am
Mon October 14, 2013

Tigers' playoff past has offered respite from city woes

The Detroit Tigers will host the Boston Red Sox in the American League Championship Series, starting Tuesday night. Each team has won one game in the best-of-seven series.
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Detroit Tigers fans are again wrapped up in the drama of October madness, as the Tigers pursue another American League pennant against the Red Sox. Author John Rosengren talks with Current State's Peter Whorf about how past and recent Detroit Tiger baseball teams have provided inspiration and unity for the Motor City during trying times.

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TV Made in Michigan
10:15 pm
Thu September 26, 2013

WATCH NOW: Al Slamer on Current Sports | #103

Holt Rams coach Al Slamer (left) with Al Martin

The guest is Al Slamer, head football coach at Holt High School.

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Radio Made in Michigan
3:23 pm
Mon September 23, 2013

Rexrode revisits Spartan penalties, playcalling in ND loss

After Saturday's loss at Notre Dame, MSU football coach Mark Dantonio's Spartans have a week off before their next game, Oct. 5 at Iowa.
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Penalties against the MSU defense were a big factor in the 17-13 loss at Notre Dame on Saturday. The coaching staff is also facing questions about the decision to replace starting quarterback Connor Cook late in the game.

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TV Made in Michigan
12:33 am
Thu September 19, 2013

WATCH NOW: Greg Kelser on Current Sports | #101

Greg Kelser (left) with Current Sports host Al Martin
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On the premiere of Current Sports TV, host Al Martin talks in depth with former Spartan and NBA star Greg "Special K" Kelser.

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Radio Made in Michigan
3:29 pm
Wed August 7, 2013

Voices of the World Dwarf Games at MSU

Ollie Brown of Great Britain is one of the athletes competing this week in the World Dwarf Games at MSU.
Credit John Patrick McGuire

All this week, 395 athletes from 17 nations have been competing in 14 events all over the MSU campus and the Lansing area as part of the 2013 World Dwarf Games.

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Radio Made in Michigan
1:00 pm
Thu June 20, 2013

The road to recovery for young athletes with concussions

Dr. Randy Pearson said sports camps for young people are focusing more heavily on teaching proper technique in order to avoid concussions,
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A recent study published in the journal “Pediatrics” suggests that children and young adults need more time to recover from a concussion than had been thought before, especially if they’ve had a previous blow to the head. In order to avoid a second concussion, there have been calls to hold young athletes out of competition for a year after suffering a concussion.

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7:04 pm
Mon June 10, 2013

Current Sports #20 | June 10, 2013

We kick off our discussion of violence to referees by welcoming Daniel Jimenez, who has coached in high school and college sports for 40 years and former Lansing Eastern High School basketball head coach. Al runs through the latest in sports including the NBA Finals, the Pistons head coaching search and Spartan baseball players drafted in the MLB First-Year Player Draft. And Al and the team give their take on who will win some games on Pick'em Monday.

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Radio Made in Michigan
12:21 pm
Mon May 13, 2013

Current Sports host Al Martin has weekend sports update

Detroit Tigers closer Jose Valverde (pictured above in 2012 spring training) gave up the game-tying run in the 9th running against the Cleveland Indians, blowing his first save of the season. The Tigers would go on to lose in 10 innings.
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Current Sports host Al Martin gives a rundown of this weekend's sporting events, including the NHL playoffs, NBA playoffs, The Players Championship and Tigers baseball.

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