Le Anne Schreiber, 73, Dies; a First Among Sports Editors

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Le Anne Schreiber, who became the first woman to run a major American daily newspaper’s sports section when The New York Times appointed her to that position in 1978, died on Friday at a hospital in Poughkeepsie, N.Y. She was 73.

The cause was lung cancer, said Jennifer Shute, a close friend.

Ms. Schreiber, who was later an ombudswoman for ESPN, was an untraditional choice to be The Times’s sports editor: She had never covered sports for a daily newspaper, though she had gained some experience writing about the subject. She had reported for Time magazine from the 1976 Summer Olympics in Montreal, prompting the tennis star and feminist Billie Jean King to name her editor of her magazine, womenSports.

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