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Current Sports #489 | June 15, 2015

Jun 15, 2015

Current Sports is back after a busy weekend, and kicks off with a briefing on the Michigan State Softball allegations surrounded around head coach Jacquie Joseph. Al Martin chats with Matt Charboneau, Detroit News sports reporter who has been following the story. Matt gives a detailed timeline of how the story came about. Current Sports engineer, Isaac Constans, is also back from vacation! Al and Isaac talk plenty of NBA Finals discussion, specifically pertaining to Lebron James' level of play and what it means for his legacy. The show closes with 'Weekend Winners'.


Current Sports #488 | June 12, 2015

Jun 12, 2015

On today's "Current Sports" Al Martin talks about last night's NBA Finals Game 4, in which the Golden State Warriors topped the Cleveland Cavaliers to tie the series at two games. Al addresses why LeBron James haters still exists today. We also bring to you a "Flashback Friday" chat with David Thomas and Amaka Agugua of the MSU women's basketball team. The show closes out with "Reflection Friday" and a tribute to wrestling icon Dusty Rhodes.

Current Sports #487 | June 11, 2015

Jun 11, 2015

  Today, we give you a sneak peak into tonight's "Current Sports TV" sit-down. Al Martin chats with the head coach of the Lansing Community College men's basketball team, Mike Ingram. Al also gives his thoughts on the University of Maryland approving a plan to sell beer at sporting events, as well as broadcaster Bob Costas and his thoughts on ESPN giving the Arthur Ashe Courage Award to Caitlyn Jenner. It's also "Throwback Thursday"!!!

Current Sports #486 | June 10, 2015

Jun 10, 2015

  James Moore is in the house! The former MSU fullback and founder of "Speaking with a Purpose" talks about his upcoming youth football camp. Al Martin also talks about the Cleveland Cavaliers taking a 2-1 series lead over the Golden State Warriors, giving big props to gritty guard Matthew Dellavedova. Al also briefly touches on Detroit Pistons center Andre Drummond, who is being sued for a tweet posted on social media. 

Current Sports #485 | June 9, 2015

Jun 9, 2015

On today's Current Sports, Al Martin chats with the head coach of the Lansing United men's soccer team, Eric Rudland. He touches on how the team has fared so far this season, the FIFA scandal, and the United State Women's National Soccer Team in World Cup competition. Al also gives his thoughts on the new head coach for the Detroit Red Wings, Jeff Blashill. Was it the right move? The show closes out with a special "Top 5 Tuesday"...who exactly are the top 5 athletes on the planet today?

Current Sports #484 | June 8, 2015

Jun 8, 2015

Vacation is over and Al Martin returns to the mic with a hot "Current Sports." On today's show Al breaks down why last night's Game 2 of the NBA Finals was LeBron James' greatest performance to date. Also, Simone Jardim, head coach of the MSU women's tennis team, joins Al to talk about Serena Williams capturing her 20th major championship this weekend at the French Open. Then, Al closes out the show with "Weekend Winners" and special guest Ryan Slocum of ABC12 in Flint, MI.

Current Sports #483 | May 29, 2015

May 29, 2015

  On today's Current Sports with Al Martin, we invite Mike Price of the "Miracle League of Mid-Michigan" to talk about the organization and how it allows children with disabilities to live out their athletic dreams! Al also gives CS engineer, Issac Constans, his own spelling bee in honor of the national event held last night. The show is closed out with "Reflection Friday." 

Current Sports #480 | May 26, 2015

May 26, 2015

After a long Memorial Day weekend, Current Sports returns to the radio. Al and Isaac kick off the show trying to identify and solve the problems associated with the Tigers' three game skid. Then, Al and Isaac look back on the playoffs this year and have their opinions diverge over the punishment of Matthew Dellavedova and Al Horford. Then, hear Current State's Kevin Lavery talk about the movement for cricket in Okemos before the show closes with a belated 'Weekend Winners.'


Indigo and Minkel | Current Sports | WKAR

May 13, 2015
Matt Argillander

EAST LANSING - Waddling around the wrestling room at IM Sports West is MSU wrestling head coach Tom Minkel’s “child”. However, Indigo is no ordinary child – she is Minkel’s 17-year-old female hyacinth macaw.

“She’s smart, she’s fun, but she’s like having a permanent three-year-old child forever. They don’t grow up, they don’t mature,” Minkel said.

Let's Play Ball: Cuban Style | Current Sports | WKAR

May 13, 2015
Lia Kamana

I traveled to Cuba over spring break this past March and I didn’t know what would be waiting for me when the plane landed in Havana. The most I knew about Cuba was what I learned from my friend, and traveling companion, Erin. She studied abroad in Havana for five months in summer 2014, and fell in love with the country, its people and its culture.

She was so excited to share it with me and for me to experience it for myself.

Current Sports #468 | May 7, 2015

May 8, 2015

Current Sports with Al Martin starts off with a bang today as the show begins with discussions on "Deflategate." What exactly should happen to New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady? Al, CS engineer Isaac Constans, and callers debate the issue.

"Current State" reporter Scott Pohl heads to Ann Arbor to visit the only golf course in Michigan that provides "golfboarding" as a way of getting around the green! Hear Pohl's experience, as well as from those that have tried it. Could this spark golf interest for the young generation?

Lastly, we close out the show with "Throwback Thursday." 


Current Sports #461 | April 28, 2015

Apr 28, 2015

  After suffering a devastating home loss to the Lightning, the Red Wings have to travel back to Tampa Bay for Game 7. Al and Isaac weight the Red Wings' chances of winning and progressing to the next round. 

Next, Current Sports is all things Mayweather-Pacquiao for the final half of the show. In a round table discussion, the Current Sports staff talks about each fighter's keys and chances, the possibility of a boycott because of Mayweather's past domestic assault offenses, and the top five reasons why each fighter will win.


Current Sports #460 | April 27, 2015

Apr 27, 2015

  On this edition of Current Sports, Al reviews the Michigan State spring game, identifying the stars of the game and describing the recruits who committed after seeing the crowd of 48,000. Also, the Red Wings hold a 3-2 series lead over the Lightning, but is Game 6 at Joe Louis a must win for Detroit? Finally, with the 'Fight of the Century' looming, all the latest news, analysis, and predictions are addressed for the May 2 fight.


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.

Head Above Water | Current Sports | WKAR

Apr 25, 2015
Alan Holben/CAAC

LANSING - For anyone that has swam, you know the effort it takes just to doggy paddle around the kiddie pool, let alone swim competitively day in and day out. It is no question that swimmers are some of the best athletes on the planet. 

Current Sports #459 | April 24, 2015

Apr 24, 2015

 April 23 was a Thursday of turmoil. The Red Wings relinquished a 2-0 lead to the Lightning and lost a 3-2 game that could prove crucial in the series' outcome. Also, the Golden State Warriors made history with a dramatic fourth quarter comeback against Isaac's New Orleans Pelicans. Al uses this game as more evidence for why Steph Curry is the greatest shooter of all time and Isaac details what it was like to be a Pelicans fan during that cataclysmic collapse. Then, the Current Sports TV interview is replayed, just in case you missed it. Finally, Al reflects on this busy week with 'Reflection Friday.'


Current Sports #458 | April 23, 2015

Apr 23, 2015

  Messiah deWeaver, the eighth-ranked pro-style quarterback in the 2016 recruiting class, recently announced his commitment to Michigan State, but how big of a get is he for the Spartans? Al Martin shares his thoughts, also hear Al's take on whether Mark Dantonio's expectation of 50,000 fans is reasonable or fair.

Joe Nathan is set to miss the rest of the season for the Tigers, which will hand all of the ninth inning responsibilities to Joakim Soria. The impact of Nathan's injury is discussed.

Finally, listen to hear Al and Isaac debate the merits of the 'Hack-a-Shaq' strategy in the NBA and a remembrance of Howard Cosell on today's "Throwback Thursday" segment.


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.

Current Sports #457 | April 22, 2015

Apr 22, 2015

  All of the hype in East Lansing is surrounding the Michigan State spring football game, where Mark Dantonio expects 50,000 fans. To discuss spring football and the state of the Michigan State team, Al invites MSU senior linebacker Darien Harris into the studio. Also, the Red Wings took a 2-1 series lead against the Lightning and Current Sports covers all of the hot takes on that game. Finally, hear Isaac and Al debate whether Scott Brooks deserved to be fired and the initial reaction to Joe Nathan's injury.


Current Sports #456 | April 21, 2015

Apr 21, 2015

Al Martin begins today's "Current Sports" by talking about the Floyd Mayweather Jr. comments about the famed boxer believing he is better than the great Muhammad Ali. Al invites callers to join the conversation.

The Detroit Tigers move their record to 11-2 after topping the New York Yankees last night. Al talks about how this team has been able to get off to the right track and believes a "closer controversy" will ensue if Joakim Soria continues his hot play in the absence of Joe Nathan.

Current Sports #455 | April 18, 2015

Apr 20, 2015

  In an exciting edition of Current Sports, there is no lack of sports discussion as both the NHL and NBA playoffs have begun, filled with lots of action. After a promising first game, the Red Wings were demolished in Game 2 by the Lightning and Current Sports discusses the latest on the goalie situation in Detroit. Also, Al invites Okemos basketball star Connor George on to the show as they talk about his recent commitment to Michigan State. 


Current Sports #454 | April 17, 2015

Apr 17, 2015

It was a special day on Current Sports, as longtime engineer and personality Alex Scharg steps off the air with his final day. Callers give tribute throughout the hour and Alex looks back on some of his best memories at WKAR. Also, the Detroit Red Wings and Delton Williams are discussed along with other topics around the sports world.


Current Sports #453 | April 16, 2015

Apr 16, 2015

The NBA playoffs are all set up, and Al and Alex analyze all of the first round matchups. They take a look back on the Pistons' season as well and examine who should win the NBA MVP. Also, listen for an exclusive sneak peek of this week's Current Sports TV interview with Richard Kincaide. And finally, 'Throwback Thursday' hosts a discussion about Jackie Robinson and other sports greats who broke down barriers. 


Current Sports #452 | April 15, 2015

Apr 15, 2015

The murder trial of Aaron Hernandez officially has a verdict. Al and Alex break down the counts of murder and what the overall verdict means for the NFL. Later, Al and Alex preview the new addition of Jake Hartbarger to Michigan State's football team and also preview the NBA playoffs.


Current Sports #451 | April 14, 2015

Apr 14, 2015

Sports have not started to slow down just yet, because with the conclusion of the Masters comes the contentious playoff races in the NBA and NHL. Al breaks down both situations, and talks about the Red Wings' situation in front of the net. Also,  the Tigers' shining start to the season has fueled high expectations for this year, but is it too early to draw any conclusions? Finally, Current Sports closes with an intriguing interview of Richard Kincaide who delves further into the Detroit sports situation. 


Current Sports #450 | April 13, 2015

Apr 13, 2015

  Paul Konyndyk, a recruiting and sports reporter for Spartanmag.com, joins Al to discuss Calen Swanigan's recruitment to the MSU basketball 2015 class and other news around Spartan football and basketball. Later, Al recaps Jordan Spieth's incredible run in the 2015 Masters golf tournament and gives 'Weekend Winners.'


Current Sports #449 | April 10, 2015

Apr 10, 2015

The week is coming to a close but the Detroit Red Wings' streak of 24 consecutive playoff appearances is not. The Red Wings clinched a birth again despite losing last night, and Al elaborates on Hockey Town's amazing feat. Also, tune in to find out who is looking like the new Tiger Woods with his performance in the Masters, and does Tiger have anything left in the tank? Finally, Al invites Kelli  Ellsworth Etchison, LAFCU Vice President of Community and Business Development, on to talk about the Lansing Lugnuts. Enjoy your weekend!


Current Sports #448 | April 9, 2015

Apr 9, 2015

  Al has Big Ten and MSU goaltender Jake Hildebrand on Current Sports TV tonight and listeners get a sneak peak on the radio show today. Al also touches on the Tom Izzo "end-of-the-year" press conference and discusses what the injury of Joe Nathan means to the Detroit Tigers. To close, it's 'Throwback Thursday.'


Current Sports #447 | April 8, 2015

Apr 9, 2015

  Lansing Lugnuts play-by-play announcer Jesse Goldberg-Strassler stops into the WKAR studios to preview the upcoming season and look back on the history of the standout Lugnuts players. Al also touches on the University of Michigan spring football game and predicts the playoff chances of the Detroit Red Wings.


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.

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