The former head coach and his 1989 national championship team were given a warm welcome back at Michigan. He acknowledged being anxious before the halftime ceremony, wondering how he would be received by fans. Fisher was fired in 1997 after an investigation questioned his role in arranging complimentary tickets for a booster. The NCAA put the program on probation in 2013 and banned it from postseason play for violations that happened under Fisher during the Fab Five era. “I loved my experience at Michigan,” Fisher said before No. 10 Michigan State beat the seventh-ranked Wolverines 77-70. “I didn’t like the way it ended.” San Diego State hired Fisher in 1999 to lead a program coming off a 4-22 season. Fisher, who retired two years ago, was 386-209 with the Aztecs and led them to eight NCAA Tournament berths.
The free-agent first baseman has agreed to sign a minor-league contract with the Cleveland Indians. Ramirez, the 2006 National League Rookie of the Year, will join the three-time defending AL Central champions in camp once he passes a physical. The Athletic was first to report the deal. Ramirez, 35, played in just 44 games last season with Boston before he was released in May. He hit .254 with six home runs and 29 RBIs for the Red Sox, and did not sign with another team. “Good for him,” Boston manager Alex Cora said Sunday. “He’s an everyday player. If he gets at-bats, he might be able to produce. He’s still young enough.” A three-time All-Star, Ramirez is a .290 career hitter with 296 home runs.
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