Taurasi’s Ban Lifted-

VIDEO:  Taurasi Talks About Ruling–

First, Diana Taurasi allegedly tested positive for a banned stimulant, then Fenerbahce, the Turkish team she was playing for at the time terminated her contract. In an effort to prove her innocence, Taurasi then subjected herself to a polygraph test, and passed. Now the WNBA star has been cleared by the Turkish Basketball Federation following the retraction of the Turkish laboratory on its earlier finding on the former UConn star’s urine samples.

Read Taurasi’s statements to the Associated Press

“The Federation has decided to lift the precautionary ban imposed on player Diana Lorena Taurasi to prevent the club and the player from being aggrieved further,” the Turkish body said in a statement Wednesday, according to ABC News.



WNBA all-star Diana Taurasi’s contract to play for Fenerbahce of the Turkish league was terminated on Thursday after her “B” sample tested positive.  The Istanbul-based club made its decision after the Turkish Basketball Federation announced the results of the doping test on its website. Taurasi faces a ban of up to two years, putting in jeopardy her chances of playing for the United States at the 2012 London Olympics.

Taurasi, the 2009 Euroleague Player of the year, was averaging a league high 24.6 points per game.

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Diana Taurasi Reportedly Tests Positive For Banned Substance

NEW YORK — WNBA standout and former UConn star Diana Taurasi tested positive for modafinil while playing in a professional women’s league in Turkey, the country’s basketball federation said Friday.

Taurasi, who is playing pro ball in the offseason in Turkey, has tested positive for what is being described as a “mild stimulant”, and reports have only confirmed that the substance in question “is not a steroid or a recreational drug”. Taurasi is asking that her ‘B’ sample be tested.

News also broke this morning that Taurasi’s Olympic participation may be in jeopardy  if the ‘B’ sample turns up positive.

Read the NY Times story

Read Slam Online/Ben York story about lab that tested Taurasi’s “A” sample

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What is PROVIGIL (modafinil), and what does it do?

PROVIGIL is a prescription medicine used to improve wakefulness in adults who experience excessive sleepiness (ES) due to one of the following diagnosed sleep disorders: obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), shift work sleep disorder, also known as shift work disorder, or narcolepsy.


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