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South Africa head coach Allister Coetzee has named his 31-man squad for the upcoming home Test series against Ireland this June. http:///...-maple-leafs-jersey/ . Nine Stormers players have been named in a new-look Springboks squad, along with seven Golden Lions players. Bath flanker Francois Louw is the only English-based player to be included in Coetzees squad.Joe Schmidts 32-man Ireland squad depart for the tour on June 5 and face the Springboks in the first Test at Newlands Stadium in Cape Town on June 11. Bath flanker Francois Louw has been included in Coetzees squad The two sides meet each other at the Ellis Park Stadium in Johannesburg in the second Test on June 18 before playing the third and final Test at the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium in Port Elizabeth on June 25. All three matches will be shown live on Sky Sports.The announcement of the squad, while hugely challenging, is a highlight of my career and a result of a lot of hard work and a huge amount of planning since my appointment, said Coetzee, who was appointed head coach of his national side in April. I was appointed to win Test matches and I believe we have picked the best possible, available squad to do that. During my recent visits to the various franchises, I witnessed an unbelievable desire and passion from our players to play for South Africa, which was really heartening.We will now start with our preparations in earnest in Stellenbosch so that we can be ready for Ireland in Cape Town in two weeks time. Ireland head coach Joe Schmidt has already named his 32-man squad for the upcoming tour South Africa SquadForwards: Pieter-Steph du Toit, Eben Etzebeth, Siya Kolisi, Frans Malherbe, Bongi Mbonambi, Sikhumbuzo Notshe, Scarra Ntubeni, Jaco Kriel, Julian Redelinghuys, Warren Whiteley, Trevor Nyakane, Adriaan Strauss, Lood de Jager, Steven Kitshoff, Francois Louw, Tendai Mtawarira, Duane VermeulenBacks: Garth April, Patrick Lambie, Lwazi Mvovo, JP Pietersen, Wille le Roux, Ruan Combrinck, Faf de Klerk, Elton Jantjies, Lionel Mapoe, Jesse Kriel, Rudy Paige, Jan Serfontein, Damian de Allende, Nic Groom   Also See: Burger out of Ireland series Ireland chance for Reidy, Roux Rugby on Sky Follow @SkySportsRugby http:///...-maple-leafs-jersey/ . The defence is doing its part, too. Drew Brees threw a pair of touchdown passes in the first half and the guys on the other side made sure that was enough, sending the Saints to a 17-13 victory over the Atlanta Falcons on Thursday night. http:///...-maple-leafs-jersey/ . That gave fans outside Joe Louis Arena another chance to ask for autographs from the 19-year-old whose stardom in the NHL has arrived earlier than most expected. http:///...-maple-leafs-jersey/ . -- Matt Rupert scored once in regulation and again in the shootout as the London Knights extended their win streak to nine games by defeating the Owen Sound Attack 4-3 on Friday in Ontario Hockey League action. Of the 30 teams in the major leagues, 18 are either in playoff position or within 3 1/2 games of a spot.Thats enough to give a lot of fans hope down the stretch -- but theres a catch.The more contenders there are in a postseason race, the harder it is for any one team to emerge. Take a look at the American Leagues second wild card, for example: Right now, Baltimore leads that race and Detroit is only two games back, but according to the playoff probabilities at Fangraphs.com , the Orioles have only a 43 percent chance to reach the postseason, and the Tigers are at 36 percent.Thats partly because there are so many other teams (the Astros, Mariners, Royals and even the Yankees) still within striking distance. Aside from the clear division leaders like the Cubs, Nationals and Rangers, nobody should feel all that great about their situation right now.Its easy for teams to stay optimistic if they arent that far from a playoff spot, but the games-back column can be a bit of an illusion. The New York Mets are only 2 1/2 games behind St. Louis for the second wild card in the National League -- hardly a daunting deficit with over a month to play. But the Marlins and Pirates are in between, meaning New York also has to worry about outperforming those other teams over these next few weeks.Fangraphs gives the Mets a 19-percent chance to make it. That 2 1/2-game margin is certainly surmountable, but a lot will have to go right for New York to return to the postseason.Here are a few other developments from around baseball:ON A TEARYankees rookie Gary Sanchez is hitting .405 with 11 homers in 222 games this season. http:///...-maple-leafs-jersey/. . Sanchez entered Sundays game already leading his teams position players in wins above replacement (WAR) on the year, according to Baseball-Reference.com.Over half (19 of 34) of Sanchezs hits have gone for extra bases this season. After the Yankees were sellers at the non-waiver trade deadline, Sanchez is just what they needed to hold New Yorks attention for at least a little while longer.ON A TEAR, PART IIBostons Dustin Pedroia had hits in 11 straight at-bats, coming within one of the major league record. He grounded into a double play in his final at-bat Saturday night.It takes a lot for a full-time player to move the needle on his batting average at this stage in the season, but Pedroias went up from .306 to .320 over his past three games. Hes hitting .398 in August, albeit with no homers.FANTASY FOCUSWith September call-ups looming, keep an eye on top prospect Yoan Moncada of Boston. If he gets a chance to play with the Red Sox, his speed could be an immediate fantasy asset.LINE OF THE WEEKMatt Moore of San Francisco came within one out of a no-hitter before giving up a single to Corey Seager of the Dodgers in the ninth inning Thursday night. He was pulled immediately after that hit, but his 133-pitch effort was still a highlight this past week.Honorable mention goes to Torontos Josh Donaldson, whose three-homer game Sunday had fans throwing hats onto the field.---Follow Noah Trister at www.Twitter.com/noahtrister Cheap NFL Jerseys Cheap NFL Jerseys China Cheap Jerseys From China Cheap NFL Jerseys Authentic Wholesale Jerseys China Cheap NFL Jerseys China NFL Cheap Jerseys ' ' ' 
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