Celtics center Al Horford reportedly to become unrestricted free agent

A person familiar with the decision says that Boston Celtics center Al Horford will decline his player option for next season and become an unrestricted free agent.

The person spoke on the condition of anonymity Tuesday because the decision has not been announced. ESPN was first to report Horford’s decision.

A five-time All-Star, the 33-year-old joins point guard Kyrie Irving, who also won’t exercise his option to remain in Boston for the final year of his contract. Horford signed a four-year, $113 million deal in 2016.

A diversity report shows the NBA still leads men’s professional sports leagues in racial and gender hiring practices.

The annual report card from The Institute for Diversity and Ethics in Sport (TIDES) at Central Florida reported almost identical scores from last year. The grade for racial hiring was an A-plus with an unchanged 98.7 score. The grade for gender hiring was a B, but slid slightly to 80.9.

The overall grade was an A at 89.8. The only professional league with a higher grade from the past year was the WNBA, with an overall A-plus and 97.6 score.

Ariel Atkins hit five 3-pointers and scored 22 points to lead the Washington Mystics to an 81-52 win at Los Angeles, spoiling the return of former MVP Candace Parker to the Sparks’ lineup.

College World Series: Weather woes hit Omaha, Neb., for the first time in this year’s event, with the afternoon elimination game between Louisville and Auburn suspended after four innings because of rain and the night game between Vanderbilt and Mississippi State postponed until Wednesday.

The NCAA announced Louisville-Auburn would resume at 9 a.m. PDT. Vanderbilt-Mississippi State and the regularly scheduled night game between Florida State and Texas Tech will follow.

Crime: Former Boston Red Sox designated hitter David Ortiz has been upgraded from “guarded” to “good” condition by his doctors at Massachusetts General Hospital as he recovers from gunshot wounds.

The Red Sox issued a statement Tuesday on behalf of his wife, Tiffany Ortiz. She says he continues to make progress and “we remain grateful to everyone who has helped David through this ordeal.”

Ortiz was shot June 9 in his native Dominican Republic and later flown to Boston for more surgery. On Monday, police identified the man they believe paid hit men to try to kill Ortiz.

Tennis: Roger Federer began his bid for a record-extending 10th Halle Open title with a 7-6 (1), 6-3 win over Australia’s John Millman in Germany, with defending champion Borna Coric also advancing.

Cycling: Tour de France champion Geraint Thomas has crashed in a race, days after teammate Chris Froome was involved in a season-ending accident in France.

Team INEOS said Thomas had to drop out of the fourth stage of the nine-day Tour de Suisse in Switzerland.

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