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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.

Current Sports #252 | June 10, 2014

Jun 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.


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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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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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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.

Returning to run the Boston Marathon

Apr 21, 2014
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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.

MSU legal scholars argue student-athletes are employees

Apr 10, 2014
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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.

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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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.

Voice of the Tigers previews 2014 season

Feb 26, 2014
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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.

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.

Audio Postcard: Young Lansing skaters off to nationals

Dec 18, 2013
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.

New Big Ten champs bound for Pasadena

Dec 9, 2013
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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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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.

Author compiles Bucket List for Spartan fans

Nov 25, 2013
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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