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Tampa Bay Buccaneers reduce training camp practices open to fans

The Bucs will hold training camp at their Tampa headquarters for the second straight season. But public access is decreasing significantly.

The Bucs will allow the public to view to seven workouts. Last year, when camp returned to Tampa after seven years at Disney, every practice was open.

This year, fans will see mostly full-contact, full-squad workouts as opposed to special teams. All will be on a single field, alleviating the need for fans to predict where to sit among the three to get the best view. There also will be more autograph sessions and photo opportunities.

The team said it will also hold a free practice at Raymond James Stadium for the second straight season. The Aug. 7 event will include fireworks and $1 hot dogs and soft drinks.

The Bucs said they referred to fan feedback and an internal review of last year's camp.

They found after the initial high demand for tickets during the first few days, it dropped significantly — particularly on weekdays. Three of the seven open practices will be held on weekends, including the first two on July 31 and Aug. 1.

The team will distribute free tickets through buccaneers.com. They also will be available on-site.

Video disputes Vick's time line on shooting

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. — The spokesman for the nightclub where Michael Vick held his birthday party said the Eagles quarterback left in a car a few minutes before a shooting, contradicting the time line of Vick's lawyer.

Tuesday, Larry Woodward said Vick left at least 10 minutes, and perhaps as many as 20, before the shooting. But Allen Fabijan, spokesman for Guadalajara Mexican, said Wednesday the time-stamped footage from a surveillance camera outside the entrance of the club shows a car with Vick inside leaving at 2:07 a.m., — about four minutes before the shooting a block away.

Woodward did not return calls from the Associated Press.

Fabijan said police have asked the club not to release the video to media but allowed the AP to view the grainy footage on Wednesday.

Vick's face is not discernible. A man wearing white that Fabijan said is Vick appears moving toward a parked car at 2:04 a.m. A crowd quickly gathers, and Fabijan said Vick accommodated requests for autographs, photos and handshakes — so much so that a club security guard tries to disperse the crowd.

The waiting car pulls away at 2:07 a.m. in the direction of the eventual shooting. Numerous people are seen lingering in front of the club until 2:10:55, when they appear to duck for cover.

Police said the first 911 call came at 2:11.

Fabijan said Vick was not involved in any altercations during the hour he was inside or immediately outside the club.

Vick, accompanied by Woodward, was interviewed by police Monday. Police say Vick is not a suspect and have not identified the shooting victim. Woodward told the AP it was Quanis Phillips, a co-defendant in Vick's dogfighting case. Phillips was not seriously hurt.

Woodward said Vick was not involved in the shooting and does not know who shot Phillips.

The NFL and the Eagles have said they are looking into the incident.

Cunningham's son dies: Christian Cunningham, 2, son of former quarterback Randall Cunningham, died in what Las Vegas authorities said was an apparent backyard hot tub accident. The cause of death is pending. Police said they were called to Cunningham's home Tuesday afternoon after an adult at the house — where several other children were playing — found the boy in the hot tub and began trying to resuscitate him.

Information from Times wires contributed to this report.

Bucs practices

open to public

July 31: 10:20 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

Aug. 1: 2:30-5 p.m.

Aug. 2: 10:20 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

Aug. 4: 10:20 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

Aug. 5: 2:30-4:35 p.m.

Aug. 6: 10:20 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

Aug. 7: 7-9 p.m. (Raymond James Stadium)

Tampa Bay Buccaneers reduce training camp practices open to fans 06/30/10 [Last modified: Thursday, July 1, 2010 8:43am]

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