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Maple Leafs’ Ceci on adjusting to life in Toronto

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It’s been an eventful year for Toronto Maple Leafs defender Cody Ceci.

After playing out the first six years and 440 games of his big-league career with the Ottawa Senators, the 26-year-old was traded to the provincial rival Maple Leafs in a six-player deal, saw his first head coach with the new club, Mike Babcock, relieved of his duties a couple months into the season, and has seen the tumult continue to a certain degree under new coach Sheldon Keefe.

Needless to say, it’s been a whirlwind for the Ottawa native.

“It has been a lot to deal with mentally at times — I mean, there’s been so many changes in my life over the past year,” Ceci told Sportsnet 590’s Hockey Central on Friday. The changes haven’t been limited to the coaching staff either, as injuries and a need to spark change in the club’s performance have meant plenty of different blue-line partners for Ceci at different points in the season thus far. Regardless, his focus remains the same.

“The main thing for me is just playing hard every single night,” he said. “Playing hard defence and just trying to help this team win, whatever role they have me in, wherever they have me in the lineup, and whoever I’m playing with. I’ve just got to play as consistent as possible. We’re all striving towards the same goal, and whatever they want out of me, I’m going to do it.”

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Cody Ceci takes pride in his strong defensive play

January 31 2020

Achieving that goal hasn’t been easy at times for the Leafs, who are still trying to find the best possible arrangement for their wealth of offensive weapons as the home stretch of the 2019-20 season approaches.

For Ceci’s part, the plethora of offensive options up front doesn’t always make life easy, given the high talent level means more emphasis on trying to pile more goals on the scoreboard at every opportunity — a tough reality for the defensive defender behind them.

“It definitely makes it hard some nights if we’re chasing a game,” Ceci told the Hockey Central crew. “I think sometimes it gets a little out of hand. We forget what we’re really out there trying to do. At times, it does get a little loose and that’s been kind of the main topic of conversation after those games.

“We are trying to win the game first, and it doesn’t always have to be 4-0, 5-0, 5-1. It could be a closer game, and when we’re up in those closer games, maybe [it’s best to] not take as many risks.”

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All is set for the 2022 Women Africa Cup of Nations!

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Casablanca, Morocco– From tomorrow the 2nd to the 23rd of July, 2022, 12 African teams will be tussling for the ultimate title of the Women Africa Cup of Nations (WAFCON).

The 14th edition of this year’s WAFCON tourney will also serve as the African qualification for the 2023 FIFA Women’s World Cup with the top four teams qualifying for the global tournament which is set to take place in Australia and New Zealand, while two more teams will advance to the Inter-Confederation play-offs.

“The 2022 TotalEnergies African Women’s Cup of Nations will be held in two of the world’s most famous cities (Rabat and  Casablanca).

For three glorious weeks of football, these two fantastic cities will play host to the battle for the African women’s football crown.

Visitors to Morocco can be assured of a warm welcome, magnificent landscapes, a cosmopolitan culture proud of its rich history and all the ingredients to ensure an unforgettable stay.

While Rabat is Morocco’s administrative capital and city of cultural heritage, Casablanca is its vibrant economic hub and a bustling metropolis that is constantly on the move.

The world-class stadiums of Rabat’s Prince Moulay Abdellah and Prince Moulay Hassan Stadiums and Casablanca’s Mohamed V Complex will play host to the WAFCON’s 28 games.

Hosts Morocco will kick off the tournament in Rabat against Burkina Faso at the Prince Moulay Abdellah Complex at 21h30. The tournament’s finale takes place at the same venue at 21h00 on 23 July,” read a communique from the Confederation of African Football (CAF).

Due to the COVID-19 outbreak in 2019, the biannual tourney had to be suspended leaving Nigeria as the current defending champions after having won it in 2018.

Group A:  Morocco, Burkina Faso, Senegal, Uganda

Group B:  Cameroon, Zambia, Tunisia, Togo

Group C:  Nigeria, South Africa, Burundi, Botswana

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Serbia’s Nikola Jokic secures largest contract in NBA history at US$303 million

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Denver, United States of America (USA)- Serbian-born, Nikola Jokic, who plays for the Denver Nuggets has secured the largest contract in NBA history.

Jokic, the two-time reigning Most Valuable Player (MVP), is now secured to the Nuggets for a total of six seasons for US$303 million.

The deal includes a player option and a trade kicker. The contract will kick in during the 2023-24 season at US$46.6 million and climb every season until 2027-28 when Jokic is set to make US$61.5 million.

Jokic, 27, averaged 27.1 points, 13.8 rebounds and 7.9 assists in 74 games for the Nuggets last season, to win the league’s top individual honour for a second straight season, becoming the 15th player to win at least two MVP awards in his career and the 10th to win them in back-to-back seasons.

“I don’t know what else you can say about Nikola at this point. He has consistently improved his game, he has consistently proven people wrong when they doubt him and he is consistently the best player on the floor night in and night out. I have said it many times before, I am extremely grateful to coach Nikola Jokic and just as grateful for the bond that we have built off the court in our seven years together,” said Nuggets coach, Michael Malone.

Jokic, who was born in Sombor, Serbia, was the No. 41 overall pick in the 2014 NBA draft. He came to the league a year later and quickly made himself an essential part of Denver’s plans before blossoming into an All-Star for the first time in the 2018-19 season.

Now a four-time All-Star and three-time All-NBA selection, Jokic has become arguably the greatest passing big player in the history of the NBA.

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Sports in Canada – How to Get Your Sports Interest Awakened

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If most of your friends all love sports, but you feel more or less left out because the interest is just not there, it might just be that you haven’t found the right sport yet. There are so many different sports out there, that many people are simply surprised. If there’s one sport you don’t really like, there might just be another one more suitable for you.

 

Maybe you have checked out some NFL predictions and placed some bets but never tried the sport for yourself? Even if you’ve learned a lot from reading different sports news and checking NFL expert picks, it is never the same as trying out the sport yourself. Once you do, chances are you’ll instantly fall in love with it.

What are the most popular sports in Canada?

To find the right sport for you, you will have to do a bit of research. First of all, you have to figure out which sport may catch your interest. Next, you will have to figure out which sports options are available in your area. In Canada, the most popular sports include ice hockey, lacrosse, baseball, and cricket. There are, of course, many other types of sports to choose from in this beautiful country, but these are just the most popular ones. Outdoor sports are very popular in Canada, and you may be able to try out rock climbing, skiing, and snowboarding, depending on where you live.

Try it out for yourself

Reading about and watching different sports can be very informative, yet it’s not the same as trying them out yourself. What you might want to check is if there are some trial sessions you can do in your local area.

Take a mate with you

Sometimes, it’s much easier to try out new things if you’re not doing them alone, but with a friend instead. If you’re missing some motivation, it can be very helpful to bring a mate, as you will feel more obligated to go. Maybe the sport you decided to try out will bring you and your friend even closer together.

Team sports or individual sports

There are many benefits when doing team sports. Not only will you make new friends, but you will also learn a lot about working together with other people. But if you’re better at being on your own there are many individual sports to choose from.

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