Nelson Mandela's death reverberates throughout the sporting world

Sports world reacts to Nelson Mandela's death

The news of Nelson Mandela's death Thursday at age 95 swept perhaps most swiftly through Twitter, where the sports world was, like the rest of planet Earth, mourning the loss of one of the most inspiring and influential figures of our time.

From Muhammad Ali and Mike Tyson to Robert Griffin III, Dikembe Mutombo and everybody in between, the major sports figures took a moment to express their appreciation of Mandela's life and deeds.

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