The sports world paid tribute to Prince on Thursday. Teams and athletes used social media to mourn and celebrate the star, and his music was blasted in stadiums and clubhouses throughout the day.

Minnesota’s sports scene covered itself in Prince's signature purple to honor the local icon. The Vikings placed a photo of Prince on the header of their Twitter account and posted a new profile picture honoring "Purple Rain."

The Twins used video boards to paint Target Field purple while it rained early Thursday, and later posted a video of players singing "Little Red Corvette." It has become a clubhouse tradition to have rookies learn the words to the song and perform it in front of the team.

The Wild posted a graphic with a state of hockey flag flying in front of Xcel Energy Center with the quote "Sometimes it snows in April," the title to one of Prince's many hits. 

The Timberwolves tweeted a photo of Prince with the words "When doves cry, Wolves cry. #RIPPrince." Lynx star Lindsay Whalen tweeted about the private concert Prince played for the team after winning the WNBA Finals. 

Shaquille O'Neal, Magic Johnson, Dwayne Wade, Deion Sanders, Jesse Ventura, Dwayne Johnson, Larry Fitzgerald, Lindsey Vonn, Kris Humphries, Jerome Bettis, the NFL, NBA, MLB and many more used social media to honor Prince. 

It was reported that Steph Curry and the Golden State Warriors started playing Prince's music on a stereo during the team's shootaround Thursday. Chicago Cubs pitcher Jake Arrieta paid tribute to Prince on Twitter and then threw a no-hitter just hours later. Paul Pierce tweeted "To the man I named my son after RIP to the great Prince."

Here are some of the tributes:

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