Sports figures around the world showed their love for Nelson Mandela on Thursday, the anti-apartheid hero's 95th birthday.
At the British Open, Tiger Woods talked about the unique energy Mandela exuded when they first met, while some of South Africa's biggest stars proudly tweeted pictures of their own encounters with the adored former president.
FIFA President Sepp Blatter wrote to Mandela to wish him a happy birthday and thank him for "championing" the 2010 World Cup in South Africa, and Premier League club Manchester City will play a game later Thursday in his honor.
"Today we remember your courageous fight against oppression and the inspirational example you set to others who are battling injustice," Blatter wrote to South Africa's first democratic president. "May this message transmit to you all the energy, strength and goodwill of the football community as you continue your recovery from illness."
Mandela remains hospitalized, but his birthday coincided with a statement fr...