PARIS - Canadas Fed Cup team has drawn a tough opponent for

PARIS - Canadas Fed Cup team has drawn a tough opponent for

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PARIS - Canadas Fed Cup team has drawn a tough opponent for its first appearance in the elite World Group. Deyshawn Bond Jersey . The top-ranked Czech Republic will visit Canada for a first-round tie Feb. 7-8, 2015. "This will be our first World Group tie and the team knows that no matter who the opponent, it will be a very talented team that is one of the best in the world," Canadas Fed Cup captain Sylvain Bruneau said in a release. "This is very true of the Czech Republic as they have solid players and lots of experience winning in this competition." The official draw was conducted Wednesday at Roland Garros. In other first-round ties, Italy will host France, Germany will entertain Australia and Russia will visit Poland. The 2014 tournament will be decided in November when the Czechs host Germany in the final. Canada is currently ranked No. 8 in the world. Canada defeated Serbia 3-1 in the World Group II first round in February and beat Slovakia 3-1 in the World Group playoff in April in Quebec City. The host venue and playing surface will be announced at a later date. "We are very happy to be playing at home again as I believe it makes a difference to have the support of your home crowd," Bruneau said. "Even from the last tie against Slovakia, the core players on our team have improved so much. We now have another eight months to take further steps and be ready in February to try and win Fed Cup." Eugenie Bouchard of Westmount, Que., anchored the Canadian victory over Slovakia with a pair of singles victories. She will play Russias Maria Sharapova in the French Open semifinals on Thursday. The Canadian roster was rounded out by Aleksandra Wozniak of Blainville, Que., Torontos Sharon Fichman and Ottawas Gabriela Dabrowski. The Czech lineup boasts players like Petra Kvitova and Lucie Safarova. The Czech Republic has won the Fed Cup seven times, including back-to-back titles in 2011 and 2012. The two countries last met in a World Group qualifying tie in 2002, when the host Czechs defeated Canada 5-0 on clay in Prerov. Canada has an all-time record of 0-5 against the Czech Republic. The winner of the tie will move on to the Fed Cup semifinals and will keep its place in the eight-country World Group for the following year. The loser will have to play a World Group playoff to maintain its spot in the elite level for 2016. The semifinals next year are scheduled for April 18-19, and the final for Nov. 14-15. In World Group II, its Argentina vs. the United States, Romania vs. Spain, Netherland vs. Slovakia, and Sweden vs. Switzerland. ——— With files from The Associated Press. Jabaal Sheard Jersey . 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Neal was assessed a kneeing penalty for his hit on Marchand.CLEVELAND - Once LeBron James gets his knee and back healthy enough to play again, the superstar will rejoin a Cavaliers team that has undergone some rehabilitation as well.The Cavs have started the new year with yet another new look.On Monday night, general manager David Griffin addressed his teams sore need for bench scoring and a defensive stopper by acquiring guards J.R. 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Cleveland used its disabled player exception for losing centre Anderson Varejao (torn Achilles) for the season and still has a $5.2 million exception to obtain a big man.Griffin, who also got a protected first-round pick from the Thunder, has shown a fearlessness when it comes to doing whatevers necessary to improve his team This trade was his second involving a first-round pick since James re-signed this summer. In July, he swapped Andrew Wiggins and Anthony Bennett — both No. 1 picks to get Kevin Love.In dealing Waiters, the No. 4 pick in 2012, Griffin again made it clear hes not averse to risk.For now, Smith and Shumpert, when he recovers from a dislocated left shoulder, can help Cleveland get back on track.Assuming, that is, James can get back on the floor. 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Smith embraced his role coming off the bench, averaging 18.1 points, 5.3 rebounds and 2.7 assists.Hell have to accept a similar supporting role with Cleveland, which has an abundance of scorers in James, Irving and Love. What the Cavs need is someone to lead the second unit for Blatt, who couldnt get Waiters to buy in and doesnt have anyone else with Smiths talent on his bench.James knows Smith, who has a $6.4 million player option for next season, well as the two worked out together during past offseasons. Their relationship should help with Smiths transition to a team that needs him to drop his ego and some shots.Shumpert earned his reputation as a relentless perimeter defender, something the Cavs desperately need to handle bigger guards and small forwards. 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