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Posted: February 14, 2013 at 3:55 a.m.

BASKETBALL Turkoglu banned 20 games Orlando Magic forward Hedo Turkoglu was suspended 20 games by the NBA on Wednesday after testing positive for steroids. The NBA said Turkoglu tested positive for methenolone, an anabolic steroid. He began serving the suspension Wednesday night when the Magic hosted the Atlanta Hawks. Turkoglu took full responsibility for the positive test and apologized to the Magic organization, fans and fellow teammates. He said he took medication from a trainer in Turkey last summer to help him recover from a shoulder injury and mistakenly neglected to check it against the NBA’s list of banned substances. “As a player, this is the worst situation that you want to be in,” Turkoglu said. “I’m just sorry to put the organization in this situation. ... I should have double-checked and researched and shouldn’t be in this situation.” He is the eighth player suspended for performance-enhancing drugs under the NBA’s drug testing policy. He is the second Magic player to be suspended under the poli

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