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Ernie Johnson sure is a class act. On Tuesday night at the Sports Emmys, the TNT host gave his award for 'Best Studio Host' to the daughters of late ESPN anchor Stuart Scott, who lost his battle with cancer in January. TNT's Johnson knows a thing or two about fighting cancer. In 2006, he took a leave of absence during his battle with Non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma. He later returned as host of the Emmy-winning show "NBA on TNT" opposite Charles Barkley and Kenny Smith. Boston Herald

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Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports has made the N.B.A. draft his Twitter playground, routinely beating other league reporters to name picks before Commissioner Adam Silver reads them to the audience watching on ESPN. “I don’t care about anybody’s television show,” Wojnarowski said. “My job is to report and break news when I have the news, and who a team is drafting is news. The draft and the announcement is a ceremony. I don’t care about anybody’s ceremony. I don’t wait for things to be announced. I would never accept any edict not to report the news.” He added, “I see it as an extension of free agency and the trade deadline. If your information is accurate, you want to report it.” New York Times

Dan Le Batard had Chad Shanks, the social media guy who was fired by the Rockets earlier this week for tweeting emojis of a horse getting shot, on his radio show on Thursday. After going through a list of the Houston front office and trying to figure out, name by name, the identity of the executive who gave Shanks the axe, and being diplomatically rebuffed, Le Batard offered him a temp job tweeting for him. After a couple minutes of negotiations, in which Le Batard’s co-host Stugotz tried to lowball Shanks with a $50 offer, it was mutually agreed upon that Shanks would earn $500 to tweet from Dan’s account from then until the end of MayPac. During the next segment, Le Batard clarified that the money would come out of his own pocket. The Big Lead

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Jeff Caplan: Rockets fired their social media manager as a result of that tweet. Definitely in poor taste, but fired seems harsh. Be careful out there. Twitter @Jeff_Caplan

Scott Agness: Pop comes off cold and disinterested during in-game/post-game interviews. He's great, tho, in smaller situations & when asked thoughtful Qs. Twitter @ScottAgness

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