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One win away

Jayhawks advance to WNIT championship

Nicollette Smith may not be able to buy a three-point basket, but she’s money from the free-throw line. Smith hit seven of eight free throws in the last 21 seconds as Kansas University squeezed Illinois State, 75-72, in a WNIT semifinal Wednesday night in Allen Fieldhouse.

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Lawrence, Tampa make WNIT wager

In a sign that WNIT fever is growing in the city, Lawrence Mayor Mike Dever will make a wager with Tampa Mayor Pam Iorio at 1 p.m. today.

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Anderson pact has bonus

Mike Anderson’s new $1.35 million annual contract provides the Missouri coach a healthy raise as well as a big bonus if he stays at the school. Athletic director Mike Alden told the Columbia Daily Tribune that an additional $1.4 million bonus awaits if Anderson sticks around the full seven years of the deal.

’Hawks fly past Redbirds to WNIT final

Students help provide fifth-largest turnout

Sade Morris and her teammates looked outside more than an hour before game time and saw people lined up at the Allen Fieldhouse ticket windows. “We’d never seen that before,” said Morris, a Kansas University junior basketball player. “We were excited.” KU officials had been expecting a crowd of around 3,500 for Wednesday night’s WNIT semifinal against Illinois State.

Linebacker gets his shot

In his four seasons as a member of the Kansas University football team, backup linebacker Jake Schermer hasn’t exactly enjoyed the clearest pathway to football glory. In his first season, he found himself buried on the depth chart behind former standouts Nick Reid and Banks Floodman. Later, he wound up stuck in the shadow of the three-headed monster of James Holt, Mike Rivera and Joe Mortensen.

Women’s games in vogue

The bandwagon that is Kansas University women’s basketball welcomed 8,360 people on board Wednesday night in Allen Fieldhouse, the fifth-largest audience in the program’s history.

KU softball splits doubleheader with MU

Sure, the circumstances were a little more pressure-packed than some of their previous encounters, but Amanda Jobe sensed the familiarity of the moment as she stared into the pitcher’s circle Wednesday evening at Arrocha Ballpark.

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KU baseball rolls

Before his team’s 15-6 victory over visiting Northern Colorado on Wednesday afternoon, Kansas University baseball coach Ritch Price felt compelled to have a little chat with senior catcher Buck Afenir.

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One win away

Jayhawks advance to WNIT championship

Nicollette Smith may not be able to buy a three-point basket, but she’s money from the free-throw line. Smith hit seven of eight free throws in the last 21 seconds as Kansas University squeezed Illinois State, 75-72, in a WNIT semifinal Wednesday night in Allen Fieldhouse.