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Sources: NBA nears HGH agreement

Updated: March 8, 2013, 5:07 PM ET
By Henry Abbott | ESPN.com

The NBA and National Basketball Players Association are close to an agreement to test players' blood for human growth hormone (HGH), according to sources with direct knowledge of the talks. Testing could begin as soon as the 2013-14 season.

The NBA has long had HGH on its list of banned substances but has never tested for it. Doing so means collecting players' blood, which the union has never allowed, and there was little agreement about the test's reliability.

But those ...

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