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SI Poaches Top Columnist From the New York Times*

How’s this for a surprise: We’ve heard from two sources that New York Times columnist Selena Roberts has left the paper and accepted a job at … Sports Illustrated. We’ve sent her an email and are awaiting a response. Here’s where it gets even more interesting – we’ve been hearing for months that ESPN had been putting the full court press on Roberts, widely regarded as one of the top columnists (and wordsmiths) left in newspapers. She’s so coveted that even Yahoo was in the mix for her services. Perhaps this will further the heated behind-the-scenes battle between the one-time Sports Bible and the current juggernaut. And what does it say that Yahoo was in the mix? Why not Sportsline and Fox?

*We’re hearing that today was her last day at the Times, and she was brought onboard at SI to be part of a rotation that will fill the backpage void left by Rick Reilly.

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