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Tuesday, Feb. 1, 2011

Taurasi denies taking modafinil

NEW YORK (AP) Former Connecticut women's basketball star Diana Taurasi has told The Associated Press that she has never taken performance-enhancing drugs.

"There's no way I've ever taken anything," she told The Associated Press by telephone Sunday night from her parents' home in Chino, Calif.

Taurasi and her lawyer are blaming the Turkish lab where the sample was tested.

Taurasi said she intends to return to the WNBA when the season begins in June and plans to play for the U.S. team in the 2012 Olympics.

Her contract was terminated by the Turkish club Fenerbahce earlier this month after her B sample also tested positive. The Turkish federation still hasn't announced a punishment. Taurasi faces a ban of up to two years and says she will appeal any suspension.

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