CAPE TOWN, South Africa - There will be no Didier Drogba and no Samuel Etoo. Derrick Nnadi Chiefs Jersey .For the first time in more than a decade, both of Africas most celebrated players will be missing from the African Cup of Nations after retiring from international soccer.Its a chance for other players to make their mark at the continents top tournament. Here are some names to look out for in Equatorial Guinea over the next three weeks:___Yacine Brahimi (midfielder), Algeria:The attacking midfielder is adored in Algeria, not least for ultimately choosing the country of his immigrant parents over his country of birth, France. Brahimi is Algerias playmaker. Much of its hopes of living up to its top-ranking in Africa and winning the title for the first time in 25 years rests on the FC Porto players shoulders — and his combination with Valencias Sofiane Feghouli and Sporting Lisbons Islam Slimani, Algerias so-called golden trio. Brahimi represented Frances youth teams for six years before switching to Algeria. He was Algerias top scorer in African Cup qualifying, and his dribbling skills and clever passing creates goals for others, too. His 25th birthday is the day of the final.___Wilfried Bony (striker), Ivory Coast:Bony may be even more important to Ivory Coast than midfielder Yaya Toure. Without Drogba, Bony could emerge as the Ivorians new No. 1 striker at the African Cup following his stellar year in 2014 with Swansea in the Premier League. Bony scored more goals than any other player in the league last year and could shoot the Ivorians to victory in Equatorial Guinea if he keeps that form going in January and February.___Fabrice Ondoa (goalkeeper), Cameroon:Watch out for Cameroons teenage goalkeeper. A product of the Etoo academy in Yaounde, the 19-year-old Ondoa is now part of the reserve team at Barcelona, which he joined when he was 13. Following a disastrous World Cup for Cameroon, coach Volker Finke gave Ondoa his national team debut in the final round of African Cup qualifying last year. Ondoa responded by conceding only one goal in six games as Cameroon won its group.___Vincent Aboubakar (striker), Cameroon:Cameroon has a new striker, too: Aboubakar has emerged as the likely successor to Etoo. Tall and quick, Aboubakar has the natural qualities that make him very difficult for defenders to stop. But he also has impressive ball skills and a deadly right foot from close range.___Sadio Mane (midfielder), Senegal:The question surrounding Sadio Mane is if he will play. Ruled out of the African Cup with a leg injury by his English club Southampton, Senegal coach Alain Giresse has still picked Mane in his final squad in the hope that he will recover. Mane is a pivotal figure for a new-look Senegal team as an energetic midfielder with a habit of scoring valuable goals.___Seydou Keita (midfielder), Mali:Keita turns 35 a day before the African Cup kicks off, and is back for what might be his last attempt at winning the tournament. Keita was the driving force behind Malis near misses in 2012 and 2013, when the team lost in the semifinals and finished third on both occasions. Used more off the bench now, the former Barcelona player has vast experience in six previous African Cups. Mali may need his calming influence in the centre of midfield as they face Cameroon and Ivory Coast in the group stage.___Associated Press writers Aomar Ouali in Algiers, Algeria, Robbie Corey-Boulet in Abidjan, Ivory Coast, Divine Ntaryike in Douala, Cameroon, and Babacar Dione in Dakar, Senegal, contributed to this report.___Gerald Imray is on Twitter at www.twitter.com/GeraldImrayAPDemarcus Robinson Chiefs Jersey .DeMarco Murray got his 20th carry late in the fourth quarter with a 10-point lead, not long after Dez Bryant made his final catch of the day.Sure enough, a 44-17 win over Washington didnt change Dallas post-season position. Armani Watts Chiefs Jersey . -- Even as Chris Paul remained evasive about his future, he did what team leaders are expected to do.Russia could be banned from the Rio Olympics next month after an independent commission found evidence of state-sponsored doping in the country during the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics. The investigation by the World Anti-Doping Agency, which was led by Canadian lawyer Richard McLaren, said Russias Ministry of Sport directed, controlled and oversaw the manipulation of urine samples provided by Russian athletes at the Sochi anti-doping laboratory with the active participation and assistance of the FSB secret service. Professor Richard McLarens WADA report on Russia and whether it operated a state-dictated doping system McLaren delivered three main findings at a press conference in Toronto on Monday - that doped samples disappeared from the anti-doping laboratory in Moscow, that they were swapped with clean samples at the laboratory for the Sochi Winter Olympics in 2014 and that these plans were directed by the Russian sports ministry. The findings have cast huge doubt on Russias participation at the Games, which start on August 5, with their track-and-field athletes already banned by the IAAF, and an IOC statement on Monday afternoon said a decision could be made as early as Tuesday on the matter. Russias participation at the Rio Olympics is in doubt after the latest WADA investigation In the immediate short term, the IOC Executive Board (EB) will convene in a telephone conference tomorrow (Tuesday) to take its first decisions, which may include provisional measures and sanctions with regard to the Olympic Games Rio 2016, it read.IOC president Thomas Bach said: The findings of the report show a shocking and unprecedented attack on the integrity of sport and on the Olympic Games. Therefore, the IOC will not hesitate to take the toughesst sanctions available against any individual or organisation implicated. Sammy Watkins Jersey.   Thomas Bach says the IOC will not hesitate to enforce the toughest sanctions The 57-day investigation was set up in May following an interview in the New York Times with the former director of Moscows anti-doping laboratory, Grigory Rodchenkov, in which he described an elaborate plan to ensure Russian success at Sochi 2014.Rodchenkov has been in hiding in the United States since that interview after being branded a criminal and a traitor by senior Russian figures, but McLarens findings appear to vindicate his version of events.He said his team had used forensic analysis, seized computers, studied data and performed extra tests on stored samples from the Sochi Games and other major events. The opening ceremony of the Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia The Moscow laboratory operated, for the protection of doped Russian athletes, within a state-dictated fail-safe system, McLaren said.The Sochi Laboratory operated a unique sample-swapping methodology to enable doped Russian athletes to compete at the Winter Olympic Games, he added.UK Anti-Doping, which has been running the testing programme in Russia on WADAs behalf since the Russian anti-doping agency (RUSADA) was suspended, said the entire sporting community must unite to find new ways and a stronger commitment to ensure clean competition.We have an obligation to help safeguard clean athletes around the globe by working closely with international partners to support the development of robust anti-doping practices in countries where these are weak, said UKAD chief executive Nicole Sapstead.Everyone has a responsibility to support this process for the sake of clean and honest athletes. 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