AP Interview: Diana Taurasi denies taking modafinil

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UNDATED (AP) -- Former Connecticut women's basketball star Diana Taurasi of the Phoenix Mercury has told The Associated Press that she has never taken performance-enhancing drugs.

The denial was made Sunday night during her first interview since testing positive in December for the stimulant modafinil.

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

Taurasi says 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'll appeal any suspension.