Schaub ear loss vs. Denver wows coach
DENVER, Sept. 24 (UPI) -- Houston Texans quarterback Matt Schaub showed his toughness when he missed only one play after losing a piece of an ear, his coach says.
Schaub suffered the bloody injury Sunday when Broncos linebacker Joe Mays sacked him after the ball was thrown in the third quarter of the Texans' 31-25 win over the Denver Broncos, the Houston Chronicle reported.
Mays was penalized for a late hit, but the Texans' team doctor didn't see any signs that Schaub suffered a concussion. The quarterback left the game to deal with the bleeding ear, but came back after one play.
Texans Coach Gary Kubiak was impressed. "Boy, he played like a champ today," he said of Schaub, who ended the game with 290 yards passing, 17 of 30 passes completed, four touchdowns, one interception and a 115.3 passer rating.
"I felt fine," Schaub said after the game. "You know, I just lost a little piece of my ear."
Tar Heels player charged in felony assault
CHAPEL HILL, N.C., Sept. 24 (UPI) -- A walk-on player for the University of North Carolina football team was been arrested and charged with felony assault, police said.
Nicholas Apostolos Weiler, 18, was arrested early Sunday after an officer saw him punch someone in the face, The (Raleigh,N.C.) News & Observer reported.
Weiler fled, but was arrested later, a police report said. In addition to the felony assault, Weiler was changed with simple assault, resisting arrest, underage possession of alcohol and possession of a fake ID.
The freshman punter is a non-scholarship player who hasn't played this season.
Kevin Best, a spokesman for the UNC athletics department, said Weiler was suspended indefinitely from all team activities.
Wozniacki wins in Tokyo on short rest
TOKYO, Sept. 24 (UPI) -- Last week's WTA winners Caroline Wozniacki, who won Monday, and Hsieh Su-Wei, who didn't, had tough three-set matches at the Toray Pan Pacific Open in Tokyo.
One day after winning the KDB Korea Open final, Wozniacki was on the court for first-round play of the tournament in Japan battling Bojana Jovanovski. Wozniacki came away a 6-0, 3-6, 6-4 winner but it took 2 hours, 17 minutes to complete.
Hsieh won the Guangzhou International Women's Open in China Saturday and drew Klara Zakopalova in Tokyo. Hsieh fought off a pair of match points in the second set but managed to take just one game in the third set of what ended up to be a 6-3, 6-7 (8-10), 6-1 win for Zakopalova.
Wozniacki, the No. 10 seed, was one of six seeded players to claim first-round wins Monday.
Ninth-seeded Marion Bartoli stopped Kimiko Date-Krumm 6-1, 6-4 with a pair of breaks in each set while No. 11-seeded Ana Ivanovic built a 6-3, 2-0 lead before Andrea Hlavackova retired with a thigh injury.
Also, No. 15-seed Kaia Kanepi, the runner-up to Wozniacki in Seoul, defeated Silvia Soler-Espinosa 6-1, 6-4; Lucie Safarova, the 16th seed, got past Tsvetana Pironkova 6-4, 7-6 (7-3); and 17th-seeded Nadia Petrova beat Peng Shuai 6-1, 6-4.
Qualifiers Pauline Parmentier, Heather Watson, Johanna Larsson and Jamie Hampton all claimed first-round wins Monday. Other players moving into the second round were: Julia Goerges, Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova, Zheng Jie, Tamira Paszek, Daniela Hantuchova, Urszula Radwanska, Francesca Schiavone and Simona Halep.
Lewis moves to No. 2 in women's golf
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla., Sept. 24 (UPI) -- Stacy Lewis' third LPGA title of the year returns her to the No. 2 spot in the women's world golf rankings.
Lewis won the Navistar LPGA Classic by two strokes, with Lexi Thompson coming in second. Lewis moves past Choi Yeon-na for the second place in the rankings, with Choi back to third.
Mika Miyazato moves up one place to ninth, switching places with Ahn Sujn-ju, who is 10th in the rankings, in the only other change in the women's Top 10.
The LPGA is off for two weeks in advance of a three-tournament swing through Asia that includes stops in Malaysia, South Korea and Taiwan.
Yani Tseng, who tied for 46th at the Navistar, still has a grip on the No. 1 ranking. Her rankings point average is 13.32, about 4.5 points ahead of Lewis (8.77) and a full 5 points up on Choi (8.32).
Feng Shanshan is fourth with an average of 7.94 with Jiyai Shin (7.83) at No. 5.
Ai Miyazato (7.30) comes in at No. 6 with Inbee Park seventh with an average of 7.17. Suzann Pettersen's average of 6.69 is worth the No. 8 spot. Mika Miyazato's average is 6.34 and Ahn's is 6.14.