4-time All-Star Alana Beard retires from WNBA after 15 years

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LOS ANGELES (AP) Alana Beard, a two-time Defensive Player of the Year who won a WNBA championship with the Los Angeles Sparks, is retiring after 15 years.

In 2016, she helped the Sparks win a third WNBA title. She is third in all-time steals in the league with 710. Beard won Defensive Player of the Year honors in 2017 and '18.

She also played for the Washington Mystics.