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Posted: January 7, 2011 4:06 p.m.

Uga VIII has lymphoma

ATHENS, Ga. (AP) — Georgia mascot Uga VIII has a more serious medical condition than first believed.

The school said Friday that the white English bulldog has been diagnosed with lymphoma, but is responding well to treatment. The dog took over as the team's mascot for Georgia's Oct. 16 game against Vanderbilt.

Uga VIII is expected to continue appearances at athletic events as his health allows.

He missed Georgia's Liberty Bowl loss to Central Florida with what was believed to be a gastrointestinal condition. Further tests revealed the more serious condition.

Georgia says Russ, Uga VII's half brother who filled in as mascot in 2009 and early in 2010, would again fill in for Uga VIII when necessary.

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