Morning Roundup: Butler to ESPN: I was 'brutally honest" with Wolves
Jimmy Butler returned to practice with the Minnesota Timberwolves for the first time this season, and told ESPN in an interview that he was "brutally honest" with teammates and other officials in that workout.
Butler asked the Timberwolves to trade him elsewhere last month, and said during an interview that was taped and aired on Wednesday that much of an earlier ESPN report that he had outbursts during the practice was largely accurate.
Turner Sports hires Candace Parker as NBA analyst
Los Angeles Sparks star Candace Parker has been hired by Turner Sports as an analyst and commentator for NBA games this season on TNT and NBA TV.
The two-time WNBA MVP and 2016 league champion also will be a part of Turner's and CBS' coverage of the NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament. She was a studio analyst for Turner during last year's tournament.
Jimmie Johnson, Chad Knaus to split after 17 years
Jimmie Johnson and Chad Knaus will end their 17-year working relationship — the longest pairing of a driver and crew chief in present day NASCAR — after this season in a personnel shakeup at Hendrick Motorsports.
Knaus next year will crew chief William Byron and the No. 24 team.
Kevin Meendering will return to Hendrick Motorsports after a stint as crew chief for Elliott Sadler in the Xfinity Series to lead Johnson and the No. 48 team.
Putin meets Nurmagomedov, hails his win over McGregor
Russia's President Vladimir Putin met with Khabib Nurmagomedov to congratulate him on winning the UFC lightweight title, and defended the fighter's actions in the brawl that followed his victory over Conor McGregor.
Putin hailed Nurmagomedov's "convincing" victory in the highly anticipated mixed martial arts bout in Las Vegas on Saturday, and said the champion's decision to then climb over the cage and fight with members of McGregor's corner had been provoked by insults.
Wisconsin WR sues school over discipline probe
Embattled University of Wisconsin receiver Quintez Cephus is suing the school because he says a disciplinary probe it is conducting while he's trying to defend himself in a criminal sexual assault case violates his rights.
FROM WIRE REPORTS