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Fight Night gets TV deal with Comcast

Wild Bill's Fight Night and Comcast On Demand have reached a television deal.

Past mixed martial arts events from Wild Bill's are now available on Comcast's On Demand Get Local service and future fights at Wild Bill's will also be televised on Comcast.

"This partnership allows us to showcase Georgia's up and coming professional fighters to millions of households and hopefully help launch the career of the next Forrest Griffin," fight promoter Steve Mudder said. "It's a tremendous step for our promotion team, Wild Bill's, our fighters, our sponsors and our fans."

Comcast On Demand is a free feature provided to all Comcast digital cable customers. The next Fight Night at Wild Bill's will be Sept. 14.

Maynard denied MMA license

Kyle Maynard hit a snag on Tuesday in trying to get a license to compete in mixed martial arts.

The 2004 Collins Hill grad was denied by the Georgia Athletic and Entertainment Commission for an amateur MMA license.

"They voted 4-0 against him," fight promoter David Oblas said. "The didn't give a reason and they don't need to. They said he was a tremendous person."

Maynard, who was born a congenital amputee, hoped to get his fighting license so he could compete at Wild Bill's Fight Night 11 on Sept. 14.

Maynard plans to appeal the decision and the next Georgia athletic commission meeting scheduled for Sept. 11. If Maynard is denied again a possible lawsuit could take place.

"It's not going to end until Kyle is fighting at Wild Bill's," Oblas said.

NATIONAL

Florida receives $6M donation

GAINESVILLE, Fla. - The University of Florida Athletic Association, which produced national championships in football and basketball, is donating $6 million to the university to support academic programs jeopardized by state budget cuts. University of Florida President Bernie Machen announced the gift Wednesday at the annual UF Joint Civic Club luncheon.

Fielder appealing suspension

MILWAUKEE - Prince Fielder is appealing the three-game suspension that was handed down by the commissioner's office Wednesday, allowing him to remain in the Milwaukee Brewers' lineup until his appeal is heard. Fielder was suspended and fined an undisclosed amount for 'inappropriate and aggressive conduct' during a confrontation with plate umpire Wally Bell on Sunday.

Junior can't take No. 8 with him

CONCORD, N.C. - Dale Earnhardt Jr. will not be taking his familiar No. 8 with him to Hendrick Motorsports next season.

Earnhardt is leaving Dale Earnhardt Inc. at the end of the season and had hoped to take No. 8 with him to his new team.

Although teams do not own numbers - they are leased through NASCAR - DEI had the first right of refusal on the No. 8, and Hendrick officials said Wednesday they were unable to reach an agreement that would have made DEI pass on choosing the number for 2008.