Empire roundup: Akognon signs with Grizzlies


Josh Akognon, the first Sonoma County native to suit up for an NBA team, will be suiting up for a new squad this season because his former team, the Dallas Mavericks, lost a roster gamble.

Akognon, a graduate of Casa Grande High School, stuck with the Mavericks after signing a 10-day contract late in the 2012-13 season. The Mavericks exposed him to the waiver wire in a move to avoid a salary-cap penalty caused by their signing of free agent guard Monta Ellis, but before he could clear waivers he was signed by the Memphis Grizzlies.

Akognon, a shooting guard who turned 27 in February, was Dallas’ leading scorer in the Las Vegas Summer League, which ended last week. He averaged 17.5 points for the Mavericks and shot 41.8 percent from the field, including a team-high 39 percent from 3-point range.


The Rohnert Park Under-9 baseball all-stars defeated Vernal, Utah, 7-2, on Thursday at Midvale, Utah, to finish pool play with a 4-0 record in Cal Ripken League baseball Pacific Southwest Regionals.

Rohnert Park will open the single-elimination round of the tournament today against either the entry from Central California or from Northern Arizona. Rohnert Park is the only team to finish the four-game pool play undefeated.

Jake McCoy was selected the game’s Most Valuable Player. He suffered a broken nose after arriving at the tournament, but still went 2-for-3 and collected a triple on Thursday.


The Rohnert Park Cal Ripken Under-12 baseball team was eliminated from the Pacific Southwest Regionals in a 5-4 loss to Summerton, Ariz. in pool play on Thursday.

Rohnert Park couldn’t hold on to a one-run lead in the bottom of the sixth, allowing a pair of runs.

Starting pitcher Anthony Williams pitched five innings, giving up just one run, striking out seven and belted an RBI triple. Riley Cronin also tripled for Rohnert Park.


A 13-2 loss Thursday to Tropical Wave of Florida ended the Easton Elite’s hopes at the American Softball Association 18U Gold national championship at Clearwater, Fla.

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