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Cowtown Rundown: Kansas City Sports News 7/7

Here's your daily dose of news from around the Kansas City area...

Nine of 12 for the Royals, Ned Yost maybe not so crazy

About a month ago, the Royals won two consecutive series' for the first time all season. Now, they have won four in a row.

Beating the Mariners on Tuesday night marked their fourth consecutive series win, first series win in Seattle in eight years and the ninth victory in the last 12 games.

So is Ned Yost crazy for saying this week that the Royals aren't out of contention for the division title? I know he has to keep that kind of faith, but it just didn't seem like reality....until you realize the Royals really are playing that well.

Unfortunately, statistics would say they're going back to normal fairly quickly, but it's making this fan more interested in July.

More Royals news at Royals Review.

Sherron Collins slowly but surely coming along

Sherron Collins signed with the Bobcats summer league team trying to find a place in the NBA Things are going just OK at this point:

Former Kansas guard Sherron Collins scored two points on 1-for-2 shooting in the Charlotte Bobcats summer league team’s 86-85 victory over Oklahoma City on Tuesday.

Collins contributed two assists and one turnover in 10 minutes. After committing six fouls on Monday, Collins had just one personal Tuesday.

Collins committed six personal fouls in less than one half of play in his first game. We'll have more on former KU players and the summer leagues coming up.

More Kansas news at Rock Chalk Talk.

Mizzou is smart

Gotta hang your hat on something:

Academically, the Tigers flourished in the Big 12, with 80 athletes landing on the All-Big 12 academic team. MU led the Big 12 in seven of 20 sports in Academic Progress Rate, or APR, and had an overall GPA of 2.8. The APR was good for second in conference, placing only behind the soon-to-be-departed University of Colorado. Ten sports had cumulative average GPAs of more than 3.0, and more than half of all Missouri athletes achieved a GPA of 3.0 or better.

And they're expected to be legit in basketball and football this year. Lots of bragging points on the line.

More Missouri news at Rock M Nation.

Two members of Chiefs secondary hit the bowling lanes

Some people wonder what NFL players are doing on their summer break. The answer, for a lot of them, is community work.

For Brandon Flowers and DaJaun Morgan, that's the case as they attended Browns safety Abram Elam's Celebrity Bowling Challenge. The guest list to the event is impressive:

Miami Dolphins’ Brandon Marshall; Chicago Bears’ Devin Hester; Baltimore Ravens’ Anquan Boldin; Cleveland Browns’ Joshua Cribbs; New York Jets’ Darrelle Revis, David Clowney and Drew Coleman; New Orleans Saints’ Heath Evans and Usama Young and more.

Flowers and Morgan are good guys.

More Chiefs news at Arrowhead Pride.