National briefs: Norman says no thanks to PGA Championship
JUPITER, Fla. ó Greg Norman turned down an invitation Monday to play in the PGA Championship, deciding to stick to a previous commitment instead of competing for the fourth straight week.
The PGA of America offered Norman an exemption after he had the 54-hole lead in the British Open and finished third. Norman tied for fifth last week at the Senior British Open, and will play this week in the U.S. Senior Open at The Broadmoor in Colorado.
iWhile I truly appreciate the PGA extending me an exemption for this yearís PGA Championship, I have elected to decline in favor of adhering to the professional and personal commitments I made prior to The Open Championship at Royal Birkdale,î Norman said on his Web site. iI wish the PGA and Oakland Hills all the very best for what Iím sure will be a great week for golf.î
The PGA Championship will be played Aug. 7-10 at Oakland Hills in Bloomfield Township, Mich.
LOS ANGELES ó The Los Angeles Clippers continued their offseason makeover Monday, signing veteran swingman Ricky Davis to a multiyear contract.
Terms were not announced.
Davis, an unrestricted free agent who turns 29 in September, averaged 13.8 points, 4.3 rebounds and 3.4 assists while playing in all 82 games for the Miami Heat last season. He shot 43.3 percent from the floor, 40.5 percent on 3-pointers and 78.7 percent from the foul line.
* LOS ANGELES ó Lakers restricted free agent guard Sasha Vujacic has agreed to a three-year, $15 million contract after emerging last season as a key member of the Western Conference champions.
SALT LAKE CITY ó Robbie Findley scored on a sliding strike in the 87th minute and Real Salt Lake escaped with a 2-1 victory over Toronto FC after a wild finish on Monday night.