Sports News in Brief
MUNICH - Australian fifth seed Bernard Tomic made a winning start in the BMW Open in Munich with a comfortable 6-4 6-3 victory over Belgian veteran Olivier Rochus on Sunday. The 19-year-old Queenslander needed just 68 minutes to book his place in the second round, fighting back from being broken himself in the first set and seizing his solitary break point opportunity in the next. In the only other first round action on the opening day, Colombia's Santiago Giraldo took 76 minutes to record a convincing 6-4 6-3 win over Belgium's world number 67 Steve Darcis.
CHENNAI, India - Captain Gautam Gambhir struck a solid 63 to take Kolkata Knight Riders to a comfortable five-wicket victory over two-time defending champion Chennai Super Kings in the Indian Premier League yesterday. Gambhir hit one six and six fours in his 52-ball knock as Kolkata scored 5-140 in 19.4 overs after restricting Chennai to 5-139 at the Chidambaram Stadium. Apart from Gambhir, South African Jacques Kallis also contributed to the win. After bagging the key wickets of Suresh Raina and Dwayne Bravo, he produced a useful knock of 26 and figured in a 70-run second-wicket stand with Gambhir.
ATLANTA, Georgia - Boston Celtics guard Rajon Rondo has been suspended for game two of the opening-round NBA playoff series against the Atlanta Hawks. The NBA announced its decision on Monday, less than 24 hours after Rondo stuck out his chest to bump referee Marc Davis while complaining about a call in the final minute of Boston's 83-74 loss in game one. Rondo won't be able to play Tuesday night in Atlanta when the Celtics try to even the series
PHILADELPHIA, Pennsylvania - Danny Briere scored his second goal of the game in overtime to lift Philadelphia to a 4-3 victory over New Jersey in game one of their NHL Eastern Conference second-round playoff series. In Western Conference action, the Phoenix Coyotes defeated the Nashville Predators 5-3 to take a 2-0 lead in their best-of-seven series. Antoine Vermette, Radim Vrbata and Shane Doan each had a goal and an assist for the Coyotes, who pelted Nashville goalie Pekka Rinne with 39 shots.
BERLIN - German international striker Lukas Podolski will leave Cologne for English Premier League side Arsenal at the start of the 2012/2013 season, the Bundesliga club announced on Monday. Podolski, 26, joined struggling Cologne from Bayern Munich in 2009. No details of the contract were given by Cologne who are 16th in the Bundesliga, however press reports estimate the transfer at 13 million euros.
BRIGHTON, England - Four lower-league English footballers have been charged with sexual assault and voyeurism after being arrested following an attack on a woman last year. Police say three players from second-tier Brighton and another from Bournemouth, which plays in England's third division, will appear in court on May 11 in connection with an incident in Brighton on July 17. Another two Brighton players were arrested in January but two have been eliminated from the police investigation.