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July 21, 2010
Niners announce open practices; reporter vanishes

In 1881 a British ship called the Ellen Austin was near Bermuda when it came across another vessel, fully rigged and in good shape, that was missing one thing - its entire crew. The captain of the Ellen Austin had a number of his crewmen board the phantom ship and sail it on to Newfoundland. A few days later, the two ships again crossed paths in high seas, but when the Ellen Austin hailed the other ship, it got no reply. The replacement crew also had disappeared, victims of the mysterious Bermuda Triangle. Why do I mention this? Because I'm about to disappear in Bermuda as well. My sister is getting married here on Friday. My gift to her is that I promise not to open my computer all week. (Does this mean I don't have to buy her anything off the registry?) I'll be back in California on Monday. I hope.

One last bit of information before I go missing ... The team announced the rest of its open training camp practices. As always, the sessions are free. But due to limited space, a ticket is required. Go to the team web site for more info. Here are the dates:

Aug 2, 5 p.m.
Aug 3, 5 p.m.
Aug 4, 5 p.m.
Aug 7, 8:50 a.m.
Aug 7, 4 p.m.
Aug 9, 4 p.m.
Aug 11, 4 p.m.
Aug 17, 4 p.m.
Aug 19, 4 p.m.

-- Matt Barrows


Matt was born in Blacksburg, Va., and attended the University of Virginia. He graduated in 1995, went to Northwestern for a journalism degree a year later, and got his first job at a South Carolina daily in 1997. He joined The Bee as a Metro reporter in 1999 and started covering the 49ers in 2003. His favorite player of all time is Darrell Green.


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