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Alana Beard's move to Sparks intriguing

Updated: February 15, 2012, 11:47 PM ET
By Mechelle Voepel | espnW

On the eve of last year's WNBA season, Alana Beard spoke about her return to the WNBA in hopeful terms, but you couldn't help noticing the doubt in her voice. Especially since she also talked about preparation for her life after basketball.

It turned out Beard did not play in the WNBA in 2011, her second consecutive missed season because of a severely injured left ankle.

Beard averaged 16.2 points per game in her first six seasons for the team that drafted ...

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