Newspaper article The Northern Star (Lismore, Australia)

Sport Briefs

Newspaper article The Northern Star (Lismore, Australia)

Sport Briefs

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Eastham gets Hockeyroos' nod

The Hockeyroos will gamble on star Casey Eastham for the Champions Trophy, convinced her troublesome hamstring will hold up through the tournament.

Eastham was given the green light on Friday to remain in the Australian squad for the tournament, starting on Sunday morning (AEST) in Amsterdam and featuring the world's top eight teams.

Coach Adam Commens is confident NSW midfielder Eastham is ready to help the Hockeyroos chase the biggest prize this year in women's hockey.

The tournament is a crucial building block for Australia's London Olympics campaign.

- Guy Hand

Franchitti, Power tied for IndyCar lead

SCOTSMAN Dario Franchitti and Australia's Will Power challenged for the IndyCar championship until the final race last year, with Franchitti clinching his second straight points crown when Power hit a wall at Homestead, Florida.

The stars of rival teams Chip Ganassi and Penske Racing are back vying for the series lead in Saturday's race at Iowa Speedway. …

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