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  • former basketball player from UConn and regarded by many as one of the best women's basketball players in the world.
  • Plays in the WNBA.
  • from Chino, California.

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Taurasi denies taking modafinil- 01/30/11 - Former UConn women's basketball star Diana Taurasi is adamant: No matter what the test results showed, she never used performance-enhancing drugs.

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The Phoenix guard has led the league in scoring for four seasons up to 2010 and signed a multiyear extension with the Mercury in August 2010.

The 28-year-old also plans to play for the United States (also known as USA) Flag of the United States team and coach Geno Auriemma in the 2012 Olympics. She's already helped the Americans win the last two gold medals.

Taurasi's contract was terminated by the Turkish club Fenerbahce this month after both her A and B samples tested positive. The Turkish federation still hasn't announced a punishment - the organization was awaiting a response from Taurasi.

Her lawyer is Howard Jacobs.

Taurasi faces a ban of up to two years and said she will appeal any suspension. The International Olympic Committee bars any athlete given a doping penalty of six months or more from competing in the next games.

"This will be resolved well in advance of 2012," Howard Jacobs said. "My understanding is that we have the right of appeal to the sport of arbitration body in Turkey (also known as TUR) Flag of Turkey. That could take a couple of months. All the appeals should be done by the end of 2011."

Taurasi said she was at her home in Turkey (also known as TUR) Flag of Turkey, on her couch, when the Fenerbahce general manager handed her the paper stating that she had tested positive for modafinil.

After Taurasi's positive test, two of her Turkish teammates refused to have their samples examined by that same lab.

"I have the most respect for the testing process. When it's not done the right way, when protocol isn't followed, I do have some problems with it," Taurasi said.

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Diana Taurasi served one day in jail and was suspended by the WNBA's Mercury for two games in 2009 after pleading guilty to a DUI charge.

"The DUI was a mistake I made and I owned up to and I did my time," she said. "That really did help me in the long run growing up as a person. This is different, waking up one morning and having something pinned on you that you had no clue about. It's been a difficult month coming to terms with everything. I know I've never taken it."

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Taurasi, who said she's been tested at least three times a year since joining the WNBA, knows that it might be tough to get rid of the stigma that she's doping even if she's vindicated.

"I trust that the truth will come out," she said. "At the end of the day you can try and convince the whole world, but if you know it's true and you've never taken performance-enhancing drugs, that's what you have to live by." [1]

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