Basketball: Turkoglu banned 20 games for positive steroid test

ORLANDO, Florida (AP) - Orlando Magic forward Hedo Turkoglu of Turkey has been suspended for 20 games by the National Basketball Association after testing positive for steroids.

The NBA on Wednesday said Turkoglu tested positive for methenolone, an anabolic steroid. He began serving the suspension on Wednesday night when the Magic hosted the Atlanta Hawks.

Turkoglu took full responsibility for the positive test and apologised to the Magic organisation, fans and fellow team-mates. He said he took medication from a trainer in Turkey this past summer to help him recover from a shoulder injury and mistakenly neglected to check it against the NBA's list of banned substances.

He said, "as a player this is the worst situation that you want to be in. I'm just sorry to put the organisation in this situation".