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July 29, 2002

The Blotter

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Of a heart attack, Saudi Arabian prince Ahmed bin Salman, 43, the owner of 2002 Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner War Emblem. A thoroughbred owner since 1981, the prince raced successfully in Europe in the '90s, then turned to American racing and spent millions at yearling and 2-year-old sales. Along with his favorite trainer, Bob Baffert, he dominated the Triple Crown in the last two years, winning four of six races with War Emblem and last year's Horse of the Year, Point Given. Since '94 his horses have won more than $30 million in purses in the U.S.

?Of a heart attack, Jack Olsen, 77, true-crime author and former SI senior editor. The author of the magazine's five-part series The Black Athlete, in 1968, Olsen left SI in '71 and went on to write more than 30 crime books. He was married for 38 years to the former Sue Peterson, the cover model for SI's 1965 swimsuit issue.

A four-foot-long alligator in the backyard pool of pro wrestler "Hacksaw" Jim Duggan in Titusville, Fla. Duggan and his family believed a raccoon was scaring their cats until he saw the gator at the bottom of the pool. "He handled it well," said Jeff Luce of Florida's Fish and Wildlife Commission. "He just sat on a lounge chair and watched as we took it away."

To play in his old stadium in Cincinnati, hit king Pete Rose, Several Reds greats, including Rose, Johnny Bench and Joe Morgan, will play in a Sept. 23 softball game against old-timers like Mike Schmidt and Ozzie Smith. The event, Farewell to Riverfront/ Cinergy Field, celebrates the 32-year-old stadium, which will come down after the season; the game is not affiliated with Major League Baseball, which has banned Rose for life for gambling.

(Almost), a bee, by German tennis player Jens Knippschild while playing Spain's Felix Mantilla at the Mercedes Cup in Stuttgart. The match was halted as the bee was removed from Knippschild's mouth; Mantilla won 6-3, 6-1.