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Ten referees and officials involved in Saturday's football game between Oklahoma State University and Central Michigan University have been suspended following the Chippewas 30-27 victory on a desperation heave in the final seconds.

The Mid-American Conference suspended the eight-man officiating crew for two games, and the Big 12 conference says the two-person video replay will also sit out for two weeks.

After referees penalized OSU for intentional grounding with a three-point lead, Central Michigan received one untimed final play from midfield.

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Former Indianapolis Colts and Oklahoma State kicker Cary Blanchard died Tuesday at age 47.

Mindi Blanchard confirmed her ex-husband's death. She said Cary passed away unexpectedly of what she believes was a massive heart attack, but added that an autopsy has not been performed.

Blanchard lived near Edmond, Oklahoma, a suburb of Oklahoma City, but Mindi said he died in Mabank, Texas, three days after his mother's funeral there.

Organizations on the campus of Oklahoma State University are providing smoke alarms and alert devices for people with disabilities.

Nancy Trench with Fire Protection Publications says the equipment is designed specifically for people who are deaf, hard of hearing, visually impaired or using a mobile device.

“We install special equipment by their bed that provides a low frequency, high volume alert sound and then also it shakes the bed. There’s actual science that a bed shaker is the best way to wake any of us up.”

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Buried amid the excitement of competing for a Big 12 championship and a spot in the College Football Playoff last season was the fact that Oklahoma State struggled on defense at times, surrendering 151 points in its final three games — all of them losses.

On top of that, the Cowboys lost their best defensive player to graduation as All-American defensive end Emmanuel Ogbah, the Big 12 Defensive Player of the Year, moved on to the NFL.

Coach Mike Gundy and his staff are hoping that increased depth developing at several positions will lead to better play this season.

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An Oklahoma State University men’s basketball player collapsed and died Thursday in Stillwater.

21-year-old forward Tyrek Coger was pronounced dead at Stillwater Medical Center Thursday evening after a 40-minute team workout at Boone Pickens Stadium. The Oklahoma State Medical Examiner’s Office says Coger died due to an enlarged heart.

OSU head coach Brad Underwood, who was out of town at the time, said there is no worse feeling as a coach than getting the call he got yesterday.

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Buddy Ryan, a native of Frederick, Oklahoma who coached two defenses that won Super Bowl titles and whose twin sons Rex and Rob have been successful NFL coaches, has died. He was 82.

His agent, James Solano, said Ryan died Tuesday in Kentucky. He did not give a cause.

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Brooks Thompson, a first-round NBA draft pick and former Texas-San Antonio men's basketball coach, has died.

A UTSA statement announced Thompson died Thursday. He was 45. Sports information spokesman Jordan Korphage said Friday that Thompson died in San Antonio. Korphage says Thompson had been ill in recent months. No cause of death was immediately released.

Orlando in 1994 made Thompson the 27th pick in the draft. He also played for Utah, Denver, Phoenix and New York during four seasons in the NBA.

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The woman charged with crashing her car into a crowd at the Oklahoma State homecoming parade and killing four people is seeking an insanity defense.

An attorney for Adacia Chambers filed a notice last week in Payne County District Court that he would raise the "question of (Chambers') mental illness or insanity at the time of the offense."

Chambers has pleaded not guilty to four counts of second-degree murder and 42 counts of assault and battery in the Oct. 24 crash.

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A woman accused of driving her car into Oklahoma State's homecoming parade, killing four people and injuring dozens, has pleaded not guilty to the charges against her.

Adacia Chambers entered her plea Wednesday in Payne County District Court after previously waiving her right to a preliminary hearing.

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