Juli Inkster's closest friends in golf have always worried about whether she could ever retire. This might be a step.

Inkster is one of three additions to the Golf Channel's cast of on-air talent for the 2014 season. The others are Karen Stupples and Paige Mackenzie.

Inkster, the 53-year-old Hall of Famer from Los Altos, is not giving up on golf. She'll work five events for the Golf Channel, starting with the Mobile Bay LPGA Classic in May.

Stupples will work at just over a dozen tournaments as an analyst and on-course reporter. Mackenzie will be the co-host on "Morning Drive" and contribute to programming while continuing to play.

Colleges

Bradley Knox of Menlo Park and Sacred Heart signed a letter of intent with the Stanford men's golf program.

"We're excited to sign Bradley as the top local product in the Bay Area," Cardinal coach Conrad Ray said.

"He grew up playing the Stanford Golf Course and has strong ties to the university with his parents, grandfather and older sister having gone to Stanford."

  • Guard Carly Turner signed a letter of intent to attend Saint Mary's, women's basketball coach Paul Thomas said. Turner trains at the Australian Institute of Sport.

    Winter sports

    Four Bay Area bobsledders won medals at the North American Cup in Calgary, Alberta, over the weekend.


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    Pilot Nick Cunningham of Monterey used different brakemen to sweep the two-man series while Andreas Drbal of Belmont paired with Cory Butner to win a bronze. Chuck Berkeley of Walnut Creek joined Drbal to push Butner to bronze medals in the four-man competition.

    Tracey Stewart of Richmond teamed with pilot Bree Schaaf to win a bronze in the women's two-man competition.

    Cunningham edged two-time Olympic medalist Alexander Zubkov by 0.12 seconds in the first race. Cunningham then defeated Alexander Kasjanov by 0.20 seconds.

    Horse racing

    Seventeen horses were nominated to the Grade 3 $100,000 Berkeley Handicap on Nov. 29 at Golden Gate Fields. The Berkeley is a 11/16-mile race for 3-year-olds.

    Five horses -- Fire With Fire, Majestic City, Outside Nashville, Summer Hit and Teaks North -- are multiple stakes-winners.

    Miscellany

    Stanford women's basketball coach Tara VanDerveer headlined the 19th class of the San Jose Sports Hall of Fame, which was inducted in a ceremony at the SAP Center.

    Also inducted were former Stanford and 49ers quarterback Frankie Albert, ex-soccer great Paul Child and Gary Cunningham, who coached baseball at Bellarmine College Prep for 21 years.

  • Dave Stewart, the 1989 World Series MVP, and Dusty Baker, a two-time All-Star outfielder and three-time N.L. Manager of the Year, will speak at the Mothers to Prevent Violence's sixth annual Purple Gala, a fundraising dinner Dec. 12 at the Jack London Aquatic Center in Oakland.

    Dinner tickets, which are limited and priced at $75, can be reserved by calling 510-583-0100 or emailing Mothers1000@aol.com.

    Staff writer Elliott Almond contributed to this report.