Although the postseason has arrived, Shipp said he is not overly eager to make up for missing last year’s run. “It’s all about the team right now, so I’m going to do whatever it takes to get the team to win, to be successful,” said Shipp, UCLA’s second-leading scorer at 13.3 points per game. “I’m always excited. I wake up excited. I wake up in Westwood and play basketball and go to class. Every day is great for me.” 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Earlier this week, Afflalo was named player of the year in the Pacific-10 Conference, as well as the District IX player of the year by the United States Basketball Writers Association. Guerrero mourns: UCLA athletic director Dan Guerrero will serve on the NCAA Tournament selection committee despite the death of his father, Gene, who passed away Tuesday after a long battle with cancer. He was 79. Gary Walters, Princeton’s athletic director and chair of the selection committee – which is meeting in Indianapolis – issued a statement on how Guerrero will be able to perform his role in helping select the 65-team NCAA field, which will be announced Sunday. “We have made arrangements that will allow Dan to participate remotely throughout the selection, seeding and bracketing process, which takes place over the next few days in Indianapolis,” Walters said. “… As the selection process continues, the committee and staff have Dan and his family in our thoughts and prayers.” Shipp shape: A year ago,sophomore wing Josh Shipp sat on the end of the bench and watched UCLA win the Pac-10 Tournament title, then reach the NCAA Tournament’s final game. He was sidelined with a hip injury. Afflalo is joined on the team by Texas freshman Kevin Durant, Wisconsin senior Alando Tucker, Texas A&M senior Acie Law and North Carolina sophomore Tyler Hansbrough. Afflalo, who is averaging 17.2 points for the fourth-ranked Bruins, was also named first-team All-America by ESPN.com, and first-team All-America by Dick Vitale. UCLA junior guard Arron Afflalo is reaping the rewards of being the best player on one of the top teams in the nation. A week of honors continued Wednesday as Afflalo was selected first-team All-America by the National Association of Basketball Coaches. According to UCLA, Afflalo is the first Bruin to be named to the coaches’ first team since David Greenwood in 1979.
1 Remi Garde Aston Villa have announced the appointment of Remi Garde as their new manager.The former Lyon boss has signed a deal until 2019 and will watch his new side in their Barclays Premier League game at Tottenham on Monday.Villa are bottom of the league having lost their last six games and sacked former boss Tim Sherwood last month.Garde’s first game in charge will be Sunday’s visit of leaders Manchester City and the 49-year-old becomes Villa’s fifth manager in the last five years.He said: “It is an unbelievable honour to be the manager of such an illustrious football club.“I’ve had extremely positive meetings with both the owner, Randy Lerner, and chief executive Tom Fox. They have ambitious plans for the club and I’m excited that they have turned to me to help them realise them.“Obviously we have a difficult task in front of us but I’m looking forward to the challenge with the support of everyone who loves Aston Villa.”Garde spent three years in charge at Lyon, winning the French Cup in 2012, and left for personal reasons in 2014.He held talks with Newcastle earlier this year when the Magpies were looking to replace Alan Pardew.Garde won the Premier League with Arsenal in 1998 and made 45 appearances for the Gunners after joining in 1996 before retiring three years later.He also played for Lyon for six years before moving to Strasbourg in 1993 and won six caps for France.Villa chairman Lerner said: “Remi came with ideas, honesty, humour and a steely sense of what it will take for Aston Villa to be what it is meant to be – hard working, tireless, creative and unwilling to concede.“Nobody at Villa can deny that we are way behind.“We recruited aggressively this past summer and it is our responsibility to now harvest this talent rather than buckle under pressure and criticism – we are better than that.“On behalf of the Board we wish Remi every success.”