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ABIDJAN -- Didier Drogba and Yaya Toure were picked for Ivory Coasts provisional World Cup squad of 28 players on Tuesday. Udonis Haslem Jersey . Drogba and Toure are expected to form the spine for Africas top-ranked team when it plays Japan, Colombia and Greece in Group C in Brazil. Toures brother Kolo, a Liverpool defender, was also on the preliminary list released by coach Sabri Lamouchi, along with strikers Wilfried Bony of Swansea and Gervinho of Roma. Emmanuel Eboue, the former Arsenal and now Galatasaray right back, was not picked and looks set to miss the World Cup. Drogba, one of Africas best-ever strikers, is 36 and almost certainly heading to his last World Cup. Ivory Coast has its best chance of going far at the World Cup in Brazil after being drawn in a relatively manageable group. "I never said it was an easy group ... but we have our chances," Lamouchi said. Lamouchi expressed fears Tuesday at his squad announcement over the fitness of midfielders Souleman Bamba and Mathis Bolly, and Everton striker Lacina Traore, but he picked all three in his preliminary squad. The group will be cut to 23 for the World Cup. The coach also said Drogbas recent lack of game time because of a knee problem was an issue. "Not seeing Drogba on the field is also worrying." Lamouchi said. Yet the Ivorians still have a talented squad drawn mainly from the Turkish, French, German and English leagues and are expected to perform better than 2010, when they exited in the group stage after being drawn to face with Brazil and Portugal. The squad will travel to the United States on May 24 for a training camp in Dallas ahead of World Cup warm-up games against Bosnia on May 30 and El Salvador on June 4. Ivory Coast opens its World Cup campaign against Japan in Recife on June 14. ------ Squad: Goalkeepers: Boubacar Barry (Lokeren), Sylvain Gbohouo (Sewe San Pedro), Sayouba Mande (Stabaek), Badra Ali Sangare (ASEC Mimosas) Defenders: Serge Aurier (Toulouse), Benjamin Angoua (Valenciennes), Brice Dja Djedje (Marseille), Jean-Daniel Akpa-Akpro (Toulouse), Didier Zokora (Trabzonspor), Kolo Toure (Liverpool), Souleman Bamba (Trabzonspor), Arthur Boka (Stuttgart), Constant Djakpa (Eintracht Frankfurt), Ousmane Viera (Rizespor) Midfielders: Cheik Tiote (Newcastle), Serey Die (FC Basel), Ismael Diomande (Saint-Etienne), Didier Ya Konan (Hannover), Yaya Toure (Manchester City), Max Gradel (Saint-Etienne), Mathis Bolly (Fortuna Dusseldorf) Forwards: Didier Drogba (Galatasaray), Wilfried Bony (Swansea), Gervinho (Roma), Salomon Kalou (Lille), Lacina Traore (Everton), Giovanni Sio (FC Basel), Seydou Doumbia (CSKA Moscow) Jimmy Butler Jersey . The Toronto Argonauts signed the veteran linebacker to a three-year deal Tuesday, hours after the start of CFL free agency. Bam Adebayo Jersey . Alen, 28, hit .315 with five home runs, 59 RBI and a career-high nine stolen bases for the Goldeyes last season. He is the longest serving catcher in Goldeyes history, having already spent five seasons with the organization. https://www.cheapheatonline.com/ . - Chicago Bears general manager Phil Emery was so busy in free agency he didnt mind having a few extra weeks to prepare for the draft.ST. LOUIS - Paul Stastny is feeling right at home with his new team.A native of St. Louis, Stastny has four points in his first two games with his hometown team after picking up three assists in the St. Louis Blues 4-1 win over the Calgary Flames on Saturday night.Stastny, who signed as a free agent in the off-season, had a goal in his debut with the Blues in Thursday nights 3-2 loss to the New York Rangers. He liked Saturdays result much better.I think we just got more comfortable out there, Stastny said. The first game we were kind of getting the jitters out of the way. I think we just kept it a little more simple, and kind of created chances through turnovers.Joakim Lindstrom and David Backes scored in the first period and Brian Elliott stopped 23 shots for St. Louis.Alex Pietrangelo and Vladimir Tarasenko also scored for the Blues, and Kevin Shattenkirk also had three assists to help St. Louis improve to 7-1-1 in its last nine games against Calgary.Blues coach Ken Hitchcock was pleased with the effort.We managed the puck well, Hitchcock said. We really did a lot of things. We played on our toes. I thought we did a whale of a job.Curtis Glencross ended Elliotts shutout bid with a power-play goal with 4:13 left.I think we executed for the most part the whole game, Elliott said. Its fun watching those guys working hard for you in front of you.Mark Giordano picked up an assist on Glencross goal for his 200th NHL point, and Jonas Hiller finished with 35 saves for the Flames, who have lost five straight at St. Louis.We knew they were going to come out hard tonight, Glencross said. We didnt bring our game tonight. We got outworked. You know when you come into play a big, strong team like this, youree in for a battle. Jamal Mashburn Jersey. Two nights after coming out flat in its season-opening loss to the Rangers, St. Louis got off to a fast start against Calgary.Just 48 seconds in, Stastny got the puck down low on the right side and slid it across the ice to Lindstrom, who tapped it in for his first goal with the Blues and his first goal in the NHL since Oct. 13, 2011.The Flames never recovered.Its tough to start off the game with a 3-on-1, Hiller said. Its a tough building getting score on early and they have a really good team that plays really solid and dont give you too much. You have to open up and thats what they drive off, those counter attacks.The Blues made it 2-0 with a power-play goal at 8:44 of the first period when Backes deflected Shattenkirks shot from the point.Another shot from the point by Shattenkirk led to another power-play goal early in the second period. His shot from the left point missed the mark, but the puck came off the boards to Pietrangelo crashing down the right side and he put it home.Tarasenko scored off a centring pass from Jaden Schwartz at 7:10 of the second period to make it 4-0.Stastny now has 49 points in 41 career games against Calgary.When you play a team that many times, youre going to get points against them, Stastny said. My first couple of years, I played them eight times a year. NOTES: Flames RWs Jiri Hudler and David Jones missed the game. Hudler was scratched after falling sick on Friday night and Jones has a lower-body injury. ... Stastnys last three-point game was against the Blues on April 5 while he was with Colorado. ... The victory snapped a losing streak of seven straight regular season games for the Blues dating back last season. ' ' '

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