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An Orlando Magic stunt-team member injured in a fall Tuesday night is expected to make a full recovery after apparently landing on her head, the Magic said Wednesday.

Jamie Woode's foot slipped when she was being hoisted onto a team member's shoulders during a break in the Magic's game against the New York Knicks in Orlando, Fla.

Medical personnel attended to Woode on the court, causing a delay in the game won by the Knicks, before taking her from the arena on a stretcher to an ambulance. Woode waved to the crowd with both hands while exiting the court.

An examination at Orlando Regional Medical Center indicated no neurological damage. Woode was listed in stable condition with three fractured vertebrae and a broken rib.

"Breathing on her own, moving her extremities, according to paramedics which attended to her," Magic spokesman Joel Glass said.

---The NBA Players' Association has filed an appeal of behalf of Sacramento Kings forward DeMarcus Cousins after the league refused to reconsider his two-game suspension.

Cousins confronted San Antonio Spurs broadcaster Sean Elliott after a game earlier this season and exchanged words over Elliott's comments about him on the air.

Cousins already has served the two-game suspension, but he also was fined and could recoup the money if the appeal is successful.

"I believe it best to allow the union and my agent, John Greig, to present my position about the situation," Cousins said in a statement. "Despite believing the penalty unwarranted, I want to apologize to the Sacramento Kings, our fans and especially to my coaches and teammates for this distraction of our goals. As a leader of the team, I have to make the best decisions so my teammates can count on me. I am committed to continued growth and being the best player I can be."

---Orlando forward Hedo Turkoglu will miss more time after suffering a hand injury in the Magic's opening game that led to surgery.

An examination Wednesday revealed that a screw used to repair the broken fifth metacarpal on his left hand had come loose. Doctors immobilized the hand and arm in a cast.

Turkoglu's initial projected recovery was four weeks, but the setback could delay his return for several more weeks. The 13-year veteran said he'll meet with his doctor weekly for X-rays and stay in shape while he's sidelined.

"This situation that I'm going through, mentally it's just frustrating," Turkoglu said in a story on the Magic's website. "Hopefully, it won't take that much time and I'll be back soon. Today, I was expecting better news and they told it's worse.

"That kind of upsets me because it's a time setback. That's the thing I hate about it because I was hoping to come back sooner for this team. Thank God it's not the worst situation, but it's still upsetting."
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