With George Solomon having announced that he will be stepping down as ESPN’s ombudsman, the network announced his replacement today.

The post will be filled by former New York Times sports editor-turned author Le Anne Schreiber. She will begin her role in early April, and will offer independent examination, critique and analysis of ESPN’s programming and news coverage on television and other media in a column posted on ESPN.com at least once per month.

The ESPN bio on Schreiber:

A native of Evanston, Illinois, Schreiber received a bachelor of arts degree in English from Rice University. After graduate studies at Stanford and Harvard, she taught in the Harvard English department for three years, then left to become a staff writer for TIME Magazine, where she covered foreign affairs and the 1976 Summer Olympics. That led to a stint as editor-in-chief of Womensport’s Magazine, founded by Billie Jean King, and later to her appointment as sports editor of The New York Times. In 1980, she left sports to serve as deputy editor of The New York Times Book Review.

Since 1984, she has worked as an independent journalist and writer of essays, memoirs and criticism. She is the author of two memoirs, Midstream (Viking/Penguin, 1990) and Light Years (Lyons&Burford/Anchor, 1996), both New York Times Notable Books of the Year. Her shorter work has appeared in LIFE, Glamour, Elle, SELF, The New York Times Sunday Magazine, Discover, Parabola, O, The Yale Review, as well as several anthologies.

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If you heard Dale & Holley talking about Bill James and the projections for Red Sox players this season in his current book, (most notably for Dustin Pedroia) they most likely got their stats and info from Chad Finn’s latest post, where he looks at the projected numbers for each member of the Red Sox starting lineup.

The aforementioned D&H show had another guest filled day, as Jason Varitek, Theo Epstein, Larry Lucchino and Pirates GM Dave Littlefield were among the guests on the program. Epstein revealed that the recent basketball game between the media and the Red Sox front office was a no-contest in favor of the Sox….

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Welcome to New England, Donte’ Stallworth. Mike Reiss has the press conference transcript, with reporters hitting the new Patriot receiver with the tough questions right out of the box.

The Stallworth/Washington item is this week’s “The Patriots are interested in Randy Moss.” item. Albert Breer wrote an interesting story on the situation with the two receivers this morning, and logic would seem to indicate that the two players, even if (big if) there are some lingering hard feelings, would be able to put those things in the past for the benefit of the team.

But for some media types, eager for some new controversy to talk about, this is an easy topic to throw around for a week and then probably forget about. What happened to the “interest” in Moss? Did it go away? John Tomase was one of the guests on Dale & Holley this morning, and he admitted that the Randy Moss story (which he reported) was somewhat overblown by the Herald, but he didn’t mind. It got him and the paper attention all across the country.

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The Media Circus is getting warmed up for the NCAA tournament.

Adam Schein says that even though the Patriots lost a couple key guys in Graham and Dillon, they’ve reloaded and should be even better. His blog has Daniel Graham happy to be back home in Denver.

Bill Simmons reveals his bracket picks for the NCAA tournament.

Michael Hiestand has CBS getting things ready for the NCAA tournament coverage stating tomorrow.

Deadspin has their Holy Cross/Southern Illinois “preview.”

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Tonight

7:00pm, ESPN – NIT – South Alabama/Syracuse
7:00pm, ESPN2 – NIT – Fresno St/Georgia
7:30pm, FSN – Hawks @ Celtics (HD)
9:00pm, ESPN – Suns @ Mavs (HD)
11:00pm, ESPN2 – NIT – Austin Peay/Air Force

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