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2:27 pm
Tue April 7, 2015

Current Sports #446 | April 7, 2015

  That one shining moment in college basketball belongs to Duke, who defeated Wisconsin 68-63 in Monday night's National Championship. Al Martin covers all facets of the game, including Duke's stellar freshmen and coach Mike Krzyzewski's legacy. Also, the Detroit Tigers start the season with a win against the Minnesota Twins. Al talks about the stellar performance from David Price and addresses his concerns with the bullpen.  Finally, Current Sports beat reporter Dominique Oden interviews Darus Ward, the head coach of the Okemos girls' soccer team.


Sports
2:19 pm
Mon April 6, 2015

Current Sports #445 | April 6, 2015

  The road has ended for Michigan State men's basketball and Al is back with Alex to recap what happened. The two recap the season, preview next year's team and dive into Opening Day for the Detroit Tigers. Towards the end of the show, Al gives his weekend winners and paints the picture for listeners what the atmosphere was like in downtown Indianapolis.


Sports
1:50 am
Mon April 6, 2015

A Season of Improbability | Current Sports | WKAR

The Duke Blue Devils topped the Michigan State men's basketball team in the Final Four on Saturday, 81 to 61 the final. Justise Winslow scored 19 points, fellow freshman Jahlil Okafor added 18 and senior Quinn Cook had 17 points for Duke. Denzel Valentine lead the way with 22 points and 11 rebounds for the Spartans. 

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Sports
11:52 pm
Thu April 2, 2015

Swimming, from One Country to the Next | Current Sports | WKAR

Elizabeth "Lizzie" Brown (MSU Junior Swimmer)
Credit MSU Athletics

EAST LANSING, Mich. -- Lizzie Brown, from Ashburton, New Zealand, wasn’t ready to give up swimming upon graduating high school. But taking time off from academics wasn’t ideal for her either.

Lachie McLeish, from Sydney, Australia, wanted the best of both worlds, working towards a college degree while remaining a competitive swimmer.

In the end, both swimmers found a way to do just that, but it wasn’t in their home countries. International college athletes are drawn to travel to the U.S. for college, for the education and athletic opportunities alike.

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Sports
11:41 pm
Thu April 2, 2015

Everett’s Leandre Wright finding his game | Current Sports | WKAR

The Lansing Everett Boy's Basketball team poses with the Class A regional championship trophy.
Credit Chris Hauler

LANSING - An hour before tipoff, the line stretched out the door and into the parking lot.            

Fans didn’t seem to mind the cool evening air as they waited patiently for a chance to watch Lansing Everett battle Kalamazoo Central for a Class A regional championship.

The gym filled long before tipoff with fans uncomfortably seated elbow-to-elbow. Those on time found refuge by sitting in aisle. And fans arriving 30 minutes before game time were forced to the standing room only section.

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Sports
2:11 pm
Thu April 2, 2015

Current Sports #444 | April 2, 2015

Al opens the show fielding callers who talk about Michigan State basketball's Final Four road and the state of Michigan football under new head coach, Jim Harbaugh. Later, listeners get a sneak peak into tonight's Current Sports TV episode with John Johnson from the MHSAA. To close, Justin Verlander and other sports topics hit the airwaves.


Sports
2:14 pm
Wed April 1, 2015

Current Sports #443 | April 1, 2015

 More NFL infidelities have leaked and it has sparked up a lot of discussion. Al and Alex hit on these while also touching on the comments made by Joe Lombardi that Detroit Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford needs to air the ball out more. Later, they debate whether Auburn should be upset with Michigan football hosting recruiting camps in Alabama and close the show with other issues around the world of sports.


Sports
2:35 pm
Tue March 31, 2015

Current Sports #442 | March 31, 2015

 The Final Four is fastly approaching, and Current Sports has all the latest angles, analysis, and news regarding Michigan State vs. Duke.

A "religious freedom" law in Indiana has led some from the sports world to request a reassignment and relocation of the Final Four. Al Martin and Alex Scharg debate about this...

Also, a fantastic interview with Al and Derek Blalock, who will ride his bike from East Lansing to Indianapolis starting tomorrow to raise money for the Thomas Smith Memorial Foundation, named after one of Derek's high school friends who died of an over enlarged heart. The foundation funds heart screening for youth athletes. .

Lastly,''Top Five Tuesday' takes an interesting turn this week, with the reasons why Michigan State "shouldn't be" in the Final Four. 


Sports
2:22 pm
Mon March 30, 2015

Current Sports #441 | March 30, 2015

The MSU Men's basketball team did the improbable and made it to the Final Four with a win over Louisville. Current Sports host, Al Martin, analyzes the game over the weekend and invites ABC-12 Sports Reporter Ryan Slocum on the air to give his take as he covered the game at Syracuse. 

Later, Al and engineer, Alex Scharg, provide their weekend winners and give a sneak peak into tomorrow's Current Sports guest.


Sports
3:40 pm
Fri March 27, 2015

Current Sports #440 | March 27, 2015

Get your coffee ready because today is the day! MSU plays Oklahoma for the chance to play in the Elite Eight, and Al prepares you with all of the stats and all of the knowledge regarding the important matchup. In this tournament special, the first half of the Sweet Sixteen is finalized and up for analysis, including Kentucky's dominance, and Notre Dame's impressive performance against Wichita State. Get ready for the big game tonight with Current Sports on WKAR. 


Sports
3:31 pm
Thu March 26, 2015

Current Sports #439 | March 26, 2015

 Spring football quickly approaches, so Al and Alex give listeners what to watch for during the spring game and analyze positions on the football roster. Later, Al gives listeners a sneak peak into tonight's Current Sports TV episode with Okemos' head hockey coach. Closing the show, Lauren Verrusio, a Google Trends expert, breaks down the most searched topics during March Madness.


Sports
2:37 pm
Wed March 25, 2015

Current Sports #438 | March 25, 2015

  The game of the century took place last night with Muskegon and Lansing Everett. MLive reporter Chris Hauler recaps the game with Al to start and then former Lansing Catholic coach Darren Zwick comes on the show to discuss his move to Florida. Later, Alex joins in to touch on the Detroit Pistons and concussions in sports.


Sports
11:35 pm
Tue March 24, 2015

Everett Punches Ticket to the Breslin Center | Current Sports | WKAR

Trevor Manuel had 24 points as the No. 9-ranked Lansing Everett Vikings boy's basketball team posted a 75-52 victory over defending state champion and No. 2 Muskegon in front of a capacity crowd in a Class A quarterfinal at Eastern's Don Johnson Fieldhouse.

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Sports
4:20 pm
Mon March 23, 2015

Gene Orlando Builds Legacy at MSU | Current Sports | WKAR

MSU head men's tennis coach, Gene Orlando, providing instruction.
Credit Spencer Impellizzeri

EAST LANSING – For the last two decades, Gene Orlando has been the face of tennis in East Lansing. Orlando is in his 24th season as the Michigan State men’s tennis coach and he has made his mark on the program.

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Sports
1:17 am
Sun March 22, 2015

DeWitt Falls to Marian in State Title Game | Current Sports | WKAR

The No. 4-ranked DeWitt girls basketball team fell to No. 1-ranked Bloomfield Hills Marian in the Class A state championship game, 51-37, on Saturday afternoon at the Breslin Center. 

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Sports
12:41 am
Sun March 22, 2015

Reid and McCullen After Loss in State Championship | Current Sports | WKAR

DeWitt senior guard, and Princeton commit, Claudia Reid, along with Panthers coach Bill McCullen, talk to WKAR's Al Martin after the loss in the Class A state championship game to Bloomfield Hills Marian. 

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Sports
6:56 pm
Sat March 21, 2015

Big Ten Season Begins for Spartan Softball | Current Sports | WKAR

Credit MSU Athletics

EAST LANSING - Following its 27-game non-conference slate, there’s a different feeling around the Michigan State softball program heading into the Big Ten season compared from a year ago.

Junior second baseman Jacquie Reiser, who hit her first career home run in a 12-0 rout of Alabama A&M last weekend, said the team learned they can play with any team in the non-conference schedule.

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Sports
10:44 pm
Fri March 20, 2015

State Championship for Haslett Now One Game Away | Current Sports | WKAR

The No. 8 Haslett Vikings girls basketball team defeated Benton Harbor in the Class B state semifinal, 63 to 52, at the Breslin Center to advance to the state championship tomorrow at 6pm against Detroit Country Day. Senior Forward Makenna Ott lead the team with 16 points and eight rebounds, as four of the five Vikings starters scored in double-digits. 

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Sports
2:40 pm
Wed March 18, 2015

Current Sports #434 | March 18, 2015

  March Madness is here and Al breaks down all of the NCAA tournament regions with the, "man behind the glass," Alex Scharg. Later, they predict whether the Detroit Pistons will make the playoffs and recap the Delton Williams road rage incident. To close, concussions in sports is touched on.


Sports
2:40 pm
Wed March 18, 2015

Current Sports #432 | March 16, 2015

  Michigan State men's basketball had a triumphant run in the Big Ten tournament but came inches short from winning the championship. Al and Alex recap stories on the road and break down the games from the tournament. The duo later discusses all things March Madness.


Sports
2:19 pm
Tue March 17, 2015

Current Sports #433 | March 17, 2015

Happy St. Patrick's Day and Happy Tuesday! There is a lot to discuss on this edition of Current Sports with Al Martin, especially the release of the NCAA Men's Bracket. How far could MSU go and who is going to shock the nation this year? Al brings on Drew Sharp, sports columnist for the Detroit Free Press, to help answer some of the toughest questions about this year's bracket. Also, breaking news on air came out of the MSU football camp concerning MSU running back Delton Williams, who has been suspended from the team.

Lastly,  the top five moments in NCAA tournament history star in today's 'Top Five Tuesday' segment. Let the MADNESS begin!!!


Sports
2:20 am
Mon March 16, 2015

What Could've Been | Current Sports | WKAR

Wisconsin outscored Michigan State 11-0 in an overtime thriller on Sunday for an 80-69 victory in the Big Ten Tournament championship game.

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Sports
7:25 pm
Sat March 14, 2015

Spartans Continue Redemption Tour | Current Sports | WKAR

Travis Trice scored 20 points, Branden Dawson added 17 points and eight rebounds and Michigan State fought back to beat No. 8 Maryland on Saturday in the Big Ten tournament semifinals in Chicago. 

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Sports
4:11 am
Sat March 14, 2015

Spartans Take Care of Buckeyes in Chicago | Current Sports | WKAR

The Michigan State men's basketball team beat Ohio State, 76-67, at the United Center in Chicago, IL, moving on to the semifinals of the Big Ten Tournament.  

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Sports
11:04 pm
Mon March 9, 2015

East Lansing’s Morse Shoots for Soccer’s Top | Current Sports | WKAR

Morse holding a plaque from the U-17 NTC Invitational in Carson, California.
Credit Zoe Morse

EAST LANSING – Zoe Morse, a junior at East Lansing High, has been in love with soccer since she was a little girl. Recognized as an All-American and representing the U.S. as part of the Women’s National Team, she’s beginning to realize her dreams of playing in the World Cup are within reach.

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Sports
2:12 pm
Mon March 9, 2015

Current Sports #429 | March 9, 2015

  The verdict is in and Ndamokung Suh is no longer a Detroit Lion. Al breaks down what happened and also about what the Lions could have done to keep Suh in the blue. Later, Al chats with head coach Bill McCullen about DeWitt's season and the continued run against Ann Arbor Huron. To close, it's 'Weekend Winners.'

  

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Sports
2:18 pm
Thu March 5, 2015

Current Sports #427 | March 5, 2015

  The Michigan State men's basketball team came up big last night against Purdue! It was also "Senior Night," as Branden Dawson, Travis Trice, and Keenan Wetzel said goodbye to the Breslin Center.  Al recaps the game and discusses the  surprising arrest of MSU wide receiver Macgarrett Kings Jr. Later, Chris Hauler, from MLIVE.com, takes listeners into the mind of Lansing Everett's Trevor Manuel and previews high school basketball around the area. To close, Al touches on the Detroit Pistons and 'Throwback Thursday.'


Sports
1:59 am
Thu March 5, 2015

Spartans Get Physical | Current Sports | WKAR

Travis Trice equaled a career high with 27 points and Matt Costello lifted Michigan State at both ends of the court, helping the Spartans to a 72-66 victory over Purdue on Wednesday night. Michigan State played the entire second half without Branden Dawson, who appeared to take a shot to the head and was limited to nine minutes on senior night.

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Sports
3:35 pm
Wed March 4, 2015

Manuel Doesn’t Follow Hometown Hero Route, but Strives for Greatness | Current Sports | WKAR

Trevor Manuel anticipates the jump-ball against Grand Ledge.
Credit Chris Hauler

LANSING--- Lansing Everett’s gym echoes with the sound of sneakers squeaking across the hardwood. The energy level was high, matching a fresh team, not one at the end of a grinding regular season.

Forward Trevor Manuel sweated profusely as he raced up and down the court, barking out defensive assignments and swatting shots. Manuel was working hard, under the banner of Everett’s most famous alumni, Earvin “Magic” Johnson.

Manuel competes like an athlete fighting for minutes, rather than a star player for a team that already won its conference championship.

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Sports
2:18 pm
Wed March 4, 2015

Current Sports #426 | March 4, 2015

  The East Lansing boy's basketball team are the hottest team in Mid-Michigan! Coming off a win over Lansing Catholic last night, they are now winners of nine of the last 10 games! Al chats with head coach Steve Finamore about what has "clicked" for the Trojans.  Al also discusses the tragedy of Hank Gathers 25 years ago to the day, and also dives into the Michigan and Michigan State basketball men's basketball teams. 


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