Former Saint Mary's College forward Diamon Simpson agreed to terms with Ironi Nes-Ziona of the Israeli League, according to Eurobasket.com.
Simpson spent last season at Maccabi Ashdod and averaged 17.6 points, 8.3 rebounds, 1.6 assists, 1.8 steals and 1.5 blocks per game and helped lead the team to the Israeli Cup semifinals.
Simpson, who attended Hayward High, has also played professionally in Australia, Turkey, Philippines, the Los Angeles D-Fenders of the D-League and the Houston Rockets.
Juli 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.
Australian guard Carly Turner signed a letter of intent to attend Saint Mary's, women's basketball coach Paul Thomas said. Turner, who signed a week after New Zealand's Stella Beck committed to the Gaels, trains at the Australian Institute of Sport.
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.
Four Bay Area bobsledders won medals at the North American Cup in Calgary, Alberta, over the weekend. 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 beat Alexander Kasjanov by 0.20 seconds.
Dave Stewart, the 1989 World Series MVP while with the A's, 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 6th 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.