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Taurasi Cleared in Doping Case; Turkish Lab May Now Face Inquiry and Possible Suspension



By Lee Michaelson
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The Turkish Basketball Federation lifted its provisional ban on U.S. basketball star Diana Taurasi yesterday after the lab that had attested to positive results for the banned substance modafinal in both her A and B splits in December and January retracted its reports. Taurasi’s contract with the Turkish club Fenerbahce had been terminated in the wake of the positive lab reports, and with the provisional ban in place she had been denied the ability to participate in FIBA’s annual All-Star game for women’s basketball.

The Turkish Federation also lifted a provisional suspension against Monique Coker, who played her college ball for Old Dominion, and two other basketball and soccer players, all of whom had been suspended for alleged modafinal use after positive reports for modafinal use from the same lab. The Ankara lab that had issued the reports of modafinal use by Taurasi and Coker, had its accreditation suspended for three months by the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) in 2009. According to a report by Associated Press, David Howman, director general of the WADA, said the agency has launched an inquiry into the Ankara lab’s procedure in these cases. The lab could face another suspension of its own accreditation if irregularities are found.

The Turkish Basketball Federation lifted its provisional ban on U.S. basketball star Diana Taurasi yesterday after the lab that had attested to positive results for the banned substance modafinal in both her A and B splits in December and January retracted its reports. Taurasi’s contract with the Turkish club Fenerbahce had been terminated in the wake of the positive lab reports, and with the provisional ban in place she had been denied the ability to participate in FIBA’s annual All-Star game for women’s basketball.

The Turkish Federation also lifted a provisional suspension against Monique Coker, who played her college ball for Old Dominion, and two other basketball and soccer players, all of whom had been suspended for alleged modafinal use after positive reports for modafinal use from the same lab. The Ankara lab that had issued the reports of modafinal use by Taurasi and Coker, had its accreditation suspended for three months by the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) in 2009. According to a report by Associated Press, David Howman, director general of the WADA, said the agency has launched an inquiry into the Ankara lab’s procedure in these cases. The lab could face another suspension of its own accreditation if irregularities are found.

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Originally published Thu, February 17, 2011


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NCAA DIVISION I TOP 25 COACHES' POLL
WOMEN'S COLLEGE BASKETBALL
Week: February 7, 2012
RANK SCHOOL RECORD LAST WEEK'S RANK PRESEASON RANK AP RANK POINTS
1 Baylor (31) 24-0 1 1 1 775
2 Notre Dame 23-1 2 2 2 743
3 Connecticut 21-2 3 4 3 710
4 Stanford 20-1 4 5 4 685
5 Duke 19-3 6 8 5 650
6 Miami (FL) 20-3 7 7 6 604
7 Kentucky 21-3 5 15 7 584
8 Maryland 20-3 10 10 8 534
9 Wisconsin-Green Bay 20-0 9 24 9 530
10 Ohio State 21-2 11 NR-RV
(61)
10 483
11 Tennessee 17-6 8 3 11 476
12 Delaware 20-1 13 NR 12 434
13 Georgetown 18-5 15 11 14 379
14 Texas A&M 16-5 16 6 15 378
15 Nebraska 19-3 18 NR 13 309
16 Rutgers 17-4 14 12 17 372
17 Louisville 17-6 12 9 20 276
18 Gonzaga 21-3 19 NR-RV
(70)
19 234
19 Purdue 19-5 17 21 16 222
20 Georgia 18-6 20 12 21 202
21 Penn State 18-5 21 14 18 176
22 DePaul 17-7 23 18 NR-RV
(38)
92
23 Georgia Tech 16-6 22 NR-RV
(18)
22 104
24 South Carolina 18-5 NR-RV
(13)
NR 24 46
25 Vanderbilt 18-5 NR-RV
(23)
NR-RV
(19)
NR 45
Dropped Out: No. 24 North Carolina, No. 25 Kansas.
First-place votes: Total first-place votes received (if any) are indicated in parentheses following school name.
Others receiving votes: St. Bonaventure (22-2) 34; North Carolina (17-6) 19; California (17-6) 18; Florida Gulf Coast (21-2) 16; Middle Tennessee (19-5) 15; Texas-El Paso (20-2) 8; Texas Tech (16-6) 5; Brigham Young (21-4) 4; Fresno State (19-4) 4; St. John's (15-8) 4; Princeton (15-4) 3; Oklahoma (15-7) 2; West Virginia (17-6) 2; Kansas State (15-7) 1.
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Credit: Courtesy Women's Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA). The weekly Division I Top 25 Coaches' Poll, sponsored by USA Today and ESPN, is based on voting by a Board of Coaches made up of 31 head coaches at Division I institutions all of whom are WBCA members.