Jamal Lewis, whose 2,066 yards rushing in 2003 were the second most in NFL history, was cut by Baltimore. Lewis was one of several players released as teams maneuvered to find salary-cap space before the free-agent period starts Friday. However, the Ravens said they are still attempting to re-sign Lewis. Among the other name players cut were Cincinnati linebacker Brian Simmons; Minnesota quarterback Brad Johnson; and wide receiver Eric Moulds, who played for Houston last season after 10years with Buffalo. Washington restructured quarterback Mark Brunell’s contract, creating more space under the salary cap while ensuring he will return to the team next season. Brunell had been scheduled to count $6.7 million under the cap in 2007. Dr. Elliott Pellman, the longtime chairman of the NFL’s committee on concussions, has resigned from the post. He will be replaced by Dr. Ira Casson of the Albert Einstein School of Medicine and Dr. David Viano of Wayne State University. Dallas re-signed punter Mat McBriar to a five-year, $8.5 million contract with a $2.5 million signing bonus. The San Francisco 49ers promoted quarterbacks coach Jim Hostler to offensive coordinator, replacing Norv Turner. The New York Jets released running back Derrick Blaylock and defensive end Bobby Hamilton, a person familiar with the moves told The Associated Press. Jerry Glanville, a former coach for the NFL’s Houston Oilers and Atlanta Falcons, was introduced by Division I-AA Portland State as its new coach. SOCCER: Benni McCarthy scored with four minutes remaining to give Blackburn a 1-0 win over Arsenal in London and a berth in the FA Cup quarterfinals. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Smith was scheduled to make $1.45 million this season in the final year of his initial four-year deal. Figures for Smith’s new deal were not immediately available, but reports said the deal was worth $22 million over four years. The Chicago Bears signed coach Lovie Smith to a four-year contract extension through the 2011 season Wednesday night and also announced they signed general manager Jerry Angelo to a contract extension through 2013. The team will hold a news conference today in Lake Forest, Ill., and had no further comment Wednesday night.
Since joining Verizon, Gowrappan has overseen the day-to-day operating businesses at Oath, including all of the consumer and customer brands, operations, products and technology.In announcing the appointment, Vestberg said, “Guru has proven experience in scaling businesses globally. I’m thrilled he will lead Oath in an exciting new phase of growth, building on the foundation Tim and his team have created by delivering brands our customers love.”Gowrappan previously served as Alibaba’s global managing director, focused on international expansion for consumer and enterprise products across e-commerce, entertainment and media, and payments. Prior to joining Alibaba in November 2015, he was COO at mobile startup Quixey and prior to that was the COO for growth/emerging initiatives at games company Zynga. He also held several leadership roles at Yahoo and Overture.McAdam — who as CEO led the acquisitions of AOL and Yahoo for a total of about $10 billion — tried to put a positive spin on Armstrong’s exit. In a statement, McAdam said that with Armstrong’s “continued guidance over the next few months, our enthusiasm for Oath’s potential has never been greater.”But Verizon’s CEO appointment of Vestberg, previously a longtime exec at wireless-tech giant Ericsson, has reinforced that the company is focused on its network infrastructure business — and would not be following the strategy of rival AT&T in trying to become a media-telecom hybrid. Marni Walden, formerly Verizon’s EVP and president of global media, stepped down at the end of 2017 after it became clear she was not being considered for the CEO job. Walden had been the key architect of the company’s acquisition of Yahoo and the formation of Oath. It’s official: Tim Armstrong is stepping down as Oath’s CEO next month and will leave Verizon at the end of the year, the telco announced.Effective Oct. 1, K. Guru Gowrappan, the former Alibaba Group exec who has served as Oath’s president and COO since April of this year, will step into the CEO role at Oath. He will report to Verizon CEO Hans Vestberg.Armstrong will help “guide the Verizon subsidiary’s management transition” as a strategic adviser, the company said, reporting to Verizon chairman Lowell McAdam (who stepped down as CEO in August).Word emerged last week that Armstrong was set to leave Oath, the division formed through the merger of AOL and Yahoo. Armstrong joined AOL in 2009 and was named Oath’s CEO in 2017, following the telco’s acquisition of Yahoo.Along with Armstrong, two other Oath execs are set to depart, according to sources: CFO Vanessa Wittman, who joined the company in early 2018 after previously serving as chief financial officer at Dropbox, Motorola, and Marsh & McLennan; and chief communications officer Natalie Ravitz, who joined Oath in May from the NFL. ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15,But Verizon’s CEO appointment of Vestberg, previously a longtime exec at wireless-tech giant Ericsson, has reinforced that the company is focused on its network infrastructure business — and would not be following the strategy of rival AT&T in trying to become a media-telecom hybrid. Marni Walden, formerly Verizon’s EVP and president of global media, stepped down at the end of 2017 after it became clear she was not being considered for the CEO job. Walden had been the key architect of the company’s acquisition of Yahoo and the formation of Oath. Popular on Variety