Bradley Lowery nominated for sports award

Bradley Lowery has been nominated for a Laureus award for his fight against cancer and friendship with Jermain Defoe.

The six-year-old Sunderland fan, who died in July, captured the hearts of football fans around the world with the spirit he showed in his battle with neuroblastoma.

Lowery became very close to Defoe during the player's time at Sunderland after being a mascot for the Black Cats, and the pair spent a lot of time together in the youngster's final months.

Defoe, who now plays for Bournemouth, said: "Every time I stepped into the room, Brad's face would light up, no matter what he was going through or the pain he was in.

"Each time he stood by my side as a mascot, he was always full of an infectious energy. Brad is always in my thoughts, and I know the support he had from all of the football world meant the world to him."

Lowery is among October's nominees for the Laureus Best Sporting Moment of the Year Award. The overall winner will be decided by a public vote at the 2018 Laureus awards ceremony.

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Tim Krul signs permanent Brighton deal

Goalkeeper Tim Krul has turned his season-long loan from Newcastle to Brighton into a permanent deal.

The Holland international, who made his Albion debut in Tuesday's Carabao Cup defeat to Bournemouth, has signed a one-year contract with Chris Hughton's Premier League side.

The deal brings to an end Krul's 12-year association with Newcastle and means he is now eligible to face his former club when the two sides meet at the Amex Stadium on Sunday.

"Everyone at Newcastle United would like to thank Tim for his long service to the club and wish him and his family well for the future," read a statement on Newcastle's website.

The 29-year-old joined Newcastle from Dutch club ADO Den Haag in 2005.

He went on to make 184 appearances for the Magpies and also had loan spells with Falkirk, Carlisle, Ajax and AZ Alkmaar.

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Sunderland and Everton shirts to support Bradley Lowery Foundation

Sunderland and Everton players will wear the logo of the Bradley Lowery Foundation on their shirts for Wednesday night's Carabao Cup third-round clash between the clubs.

The shirts will be signed and auctioned after the game at Goodison Park to raise funds for the Foundation, which has been formed by parents Gemma and Carl Lowery in memory of their six-year-old son Bradley, who died in July after suffering from terminal cancer.

Its aim is to offer support, advice and encouragement to families undertaking their own fundraising campaigns to fund children's medical treatment and equipment, and also to provide grants and work closely with families in need of guidance and support.

Gemma said: "We are absolutely thrilled to see the Foundation logo on the front of the shirts. The game has a very special meaning to myself and Carl and we are overwhelmed by the support we have received from Sunderland and Everton.

"Bradley will be watching over everyone and I'm sure he would be very proud that his legacy can now help others."

Bradley captured the hearts of football supporters around the world during his regular appearances as a mascot despite his illness.

Sunderland's principal partner Dafabet has donated its space on the one-off shirt for the match, while Everton's SportPesa branding will also be temporarily replaced.

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Redknapp says there's 'every chance' Birmingham job was his last as manager

Harry Redknapp thinks there is "every chance" Birmingham is the last team he will manage.

However, the 70-year-old former Tottenham and West Ham boss has not ruled out taking another job in football.

Redknapp left Birmingham on Saturday night after a 3-1 home loss to Preston - a seventh defeat in 10 matches in all competitions this season.

Asked if he thought the St Andrew's job would be his last in management, Redknapp told BBC Radio 5 Live's Sportsweek programme: "Every chance.I d oubt it'll happen now very much."

However, he continued: " I'm a realist. I could go and help someone. I did it at Derby for a couple of months last year, helping Darren Wassall."

On his exit from Birmingham, Redknapp - who has also managed Bournemouth, Portsmouth, Southampton, QPR and Jordan - said: "I'm disappointed, but that's how it goes.

"I enjoyed my time there and really enjoyed the job. It gave me a buzz every day. If I didn't enjoy it, I wouldn't have done it. The situation at my age is if I don't want to go to work, I won't go to work.

"Last season was fantastic, keeping them up in the last game at Bristol City - that was one of the most enjoyable days in football.

"Given time, they've got a squad going forward probably as good as they've had in a long time, capable of challenging for the play-offs.

"But it's a shame I didn't get the chance to see it through. I only had a week with the new players - six made their debuts last week against Norwich. We played well against Leeds in midweek and in the first half (on Saturday).

"In the second half we went to pieces a bit and Preston were very good, but it's difficult when you throw a lot of new players together as we did."

Redknapp was not the only managerial departure in the wake of Saturday's games, with Gary Caldwell sacked by Chesterfield and Michael Brown parting company with Port Vale.

"Whoever goes in will take over a good group - but these things happen," Redknapp continued. "I f eel more sorry for the other lads who lost their jobs in the lower divisions (on Saturday).

"I've been up the ladder and had a great time but they're trying to get there. I'm sad for them really. It's not easy for these younger guys and they lose their job."

As for the future, Redknapp added: "I'm just about to watch one of my grandkids play, one's at Chelsea and one's at Bournemouth. I'll be out and about watching football.

"Maybe I'll play a bit of golf and I've got a racing stable I own that I haven't been to for three or four months, so maybe I'll get up there and watch the horses on the gallops."

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Cardiff stretch winning Championship run to five matches with home win over QPR

Cardiff maintained their 100 per cent record after coming from behind to beat QPR 2-1 and record a fifth Sky Bet Championship win of the season.

Matt Smith gave QPR the lead after 15 minutes with a free header from Luke Freeman's cross, but Neil Warnock's side soon benefited from some poor defending from the visitors to level the scores.

Nedum Onuoha's underhit backpass put goalkeeper Alex Smithies under pressure and his hurried attempted clearance cannoned off Junior Hoilett and into the net.

Sol Bamba then headed Cardiff in front in injury time at the end of the first half and although Hoilett had another goal ruled out for a push early in the second period, the Bluebirds claimed all three points.

It was a different story for the other side to begin the day with a perfect record, Ipswich going down 2-0 at home to Fulham, who have now taken five of their six points on the road.

Neeskens Kebano headed the visitors in front on 35 minutes and was also involved in the second just after the interval, his shot being saved by goalkeeper Bartosz Bialkowski only for the ball to fall to Rui Fonte to fire home from a narrow angle.

Barnsley joined Fulham on six points thanks to a 3-0 win over Sunderland, with two on-loan teenagers setting the home side on their way to a comfortable victory.

Chelsea loanee Ike Ugbo, 18, opened the scoring on 31 minutes and 19-year-old Harvey Barnes, who is on loan from Leicester, made it 2-0 with a smart volley just four minutes later.

George Moncur rifled home from 12 yards midway through the second half and the visitors never looked like getting back into the contest.

Norwich fans also suffered a miserable away day as they saw their side concede four goals for the second week running, this time at Millwall.

Lee Gregory scored the opener after 15 minutes and then teed up George Saville to make it 2-0, with Jed Wallace effectively putting the game to bed just before the interval.

Shaun Hutchinson's header rubbed salt into the wounds for the Canaries faithful, who lost 4-2 at Aston Villa last week.

Sheffield United enjoyed their third home win of the season with a 3-1 victory over Derby, with Billy Sharp scoring his first of the game after just four minutes.

An own goal from Johnny Russell made it 2-0 when the unfortunate midfielder raced back into his own area and, in attempting to cut out a loose ball, drilled it into the bottom corner.

Craig Bryson set up a nervous finish when he pulled one back in stoppage time but Sharp made it 3-1 on the counter attack after Derby goalkeeper Scott Carson had gone up for a corner.

Reading secured their first away points of the season with a 2-0 success at Birmingham thanks to goals from Jon Dadi Bodvarsson and George Evans, while Burton and Sheffield Wednesday had to settle for a point apiece at the Pirelli Stadium.

Gary Hooper gave the visitors the lead in the first half with a delightful flicked finish from Jack Hunt's cross, but Joe Mason equalised within seconds of coming off the bench midway through the second period.

Elsewhere, the games between Middlesbrough and Preston and Brentford and Wolves both finished goalless.

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Scotland international Robert Snodgrass swaps West Ham for Aston Villa

Aston Villa have announced the signing of West Ham winger Robert Snodgrass on a season-long loan.

The Scotland international will link up again with Steve Bruce, who managed him at Hull, at Villa Park.

Snodgrass joined the Hammers in January but, having only made 15 appearances, has dropped down a division to secure regular first-team football.

The 29-year-old helped Hull win promotion to the Premier League in 2016 and is looking to do the same with Villa this season.

Former Leeds and Norwich player Snodgrass told Villa's official website: "I am delighted to join.

"I have had offers from other clubs but it was an easy decision to come here. You see the name Aston Villa with all its history, tradition, fanbase and it's a place you want to come to.

"Seeing it in the Championship doesn't look right.

"I want to be part of that journey back up to the Premier League. I am raring to go."

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No Wembley return for beaten finalists Southampton as Wolves spring a surprise

Last season's runners-up are out of the Carabao Cup as Southampton were stunned 2-0 at home by Championship side Wolves.

Southampton, who lost 3-2 to Manchester United in February's final at Wembley, fell at the first hurdle this time.

Danny Batth headed in Ivan Cavaleiro's corner in the 67th minute and substitute Donovan Wilson ran through to make it 2-0 with three minutes left.

It was Wolves' third Premier League scalp in cup competitions during 2017, following FA Cup wins against Stoke and Liverpool last season - and came despite boss Nuno Espirito Santo making 11 changes from Saturday's defeat to Cardiff.

Burnley's 2-0 victory against bitter rivals Blackburn at Ewood Park was marred by fans running on to the pitch.

Blackburn fans confronted Clarets players after Jack Cork headed in Robbie Brady's cross to give the visitors a 27th-minute lead.

One appeared to push captain James Tarkowski before being tackled to the ground by Ashley Westwood.

The individual was eventually led away by stewards along with the other fan, while a Burnley supporter was also ejected after a flare was set off in the away end.

Brady added a second in the fourth minute of first-half stoppage time to secure a comfortable win for the Clarets.

Elsewhere, Premier League high-fliers Huddersfield had to come from behind to beat Yorkshire rivals Rotherham 2-1.

The League One side took the lead inside the opening minute when Anthony Forde's cross was headed in by Semi Ajayi.

But David Wagner's men turned it around with two goals in three minutes early in the second half.

First Philip Billing converted from the penalty spot after Laurent Depoitre was fouled by Will Vaulks, before Joe Lolley added the finishing touch to a flowing move in the 54th minute.

West Ham eased past League Two Cheltenham 2-0.

The Hammers took the lead five minutes before half-time when Diafra Sakho slotted in his first goal since November before Andre Ayew added a second three minutes later.

Joe Allen only played 45 minutes but managed two goals and an assist as Stoke eased past League One Rochdale 4-0.

The Wales midfielder headed Stoke into a 16th-minute lead, set up Peter Crouch for the second just before the half-hour mark and added a third with three minutes left of the period.

Ramadan Sobhi struck with 10 minutes left to round off a comprehensive home win.

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Birmingham sign Arsenal defenders Carl Jenkinson and Cohen Bramall on loan

Birmingham have completed the double loan signing of Arsenal defenders Carl Jenkinson and Cohen Bramall.

The duo move to St Andrews for the 2017/18 season, although there is no option to buy for the Sky Bet Championship club.

Blues boss Harry Redknapp has made no secret of the fact he wants to add numbers to his squad before the transfer deadline.

Former England international Jenkinson, 25, has been surplus to requirements at Arsenal and played just five games for the Gunners last season.

He spent two seasons on loan at West Ham between 2014 and 2016 before a serious knee injury saw him return to the Emirates Stadium, where he found himself well down the pecking order in Arsene Wenger's ranks.

Bramall has yet to feature for Arsenal's first-team in a competitive match but was part of their pre-season tour squad.

The 21-year-old left-back was plucked from non-league last season, joining from Hednesford Town.

Both players go straight into the Birmingham squad for their Carabao Cup second-round clash at home to Bournemouth on Tuesday night.

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Barnsley defender Andy Yiadom misses out on Huddersfield move as deal collapses

Barnsley could hand defender Andy Yiadom a new deal after his proposed move to Premier League newcomers Huddersfield broke down.

Yiadom was left out of Barnsley's squad for their last two games after they accepted a revised offer from Huddersfield, reported to be around £2million, but the 25-year-old has now returned to Oakwell.

Neither club disclosed the reason why the deal collapsed. Huddersfield refused to comment when approached by Press Association Sport, but Yiadom could feature in Barnsley's derby against Sheffield United on Saturday.

When asked if Barnsley were now ready to offer Yiadom a new contract, head coach Paul Heckingbottom told BBC Radio Sheffield: "Yes, who knows? We've not ruled anything out. We would be foolish to."

Heckingbottom added: " We had to somehow draw it to a close. So he's back with us.

"The thing with Huddersfield was not moving forward, so until something changes he's back with us and is one of our players.

"We gave it every possible chance for Yids and for us, because we were happy with the finances of it.

"But it's just the way things are, it breaks down, so rather than being in limbo we just called a halt on it and he's back with us now.

"Of course he is (disappointed). But he's a level-headed guy and it won't faze him. He'll put that heartbreak if you like into perspective.

"He knows why he got that opportunity, which was through hard work, so he'll start working hard again."

Yiadom signed a two-year contract when he joined Barnsley on a free transfer from Barnet in May last year and had an impressive first season in the Sky Bet Championship, making 33 appearances.

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Fulham boss Jokanovic disappointed by 'ugly' comment following Piazon injury

Slavisa Jokanovic expressed his disappointment at an "ugly" comment made in the aftermath of the incident that left Lucas Piazon with a suspected broken leg during Fulham's goalless draw at Leeds.

The Brazilian striker rejoined Fulham on a season-long loan from Chelsea this summer but is now facing a lengthy spell on the sidelines after he was carried off in the first half following a challenge by Conor Shaughnessy.

"It's a very bad injury and we will lose him for a long time," said Fulham boss Jokanovic.

"It's not a question about complaining - it can be bad luck or a tackle outside of the normal - but I'm really disappointed with what I heard from one of the referees who explained, 'This is English football and this is completely legal'.

"I am a 48-year-old man and I've never heard an ugly answer like I heard today in this stadium.

"We are so disappointed for this situation about Lucas Piazon. I believe he broke the fibula or broke the leg."

When asked to clarify who he was referring to, Jokanovic answered: "I don't see so well.

"I'm a little bit disappointed that I hear around me something so ugly."

Last season's play-off semi-finalists dominated large parts of the first half but were forced to settle for a third successive draw after Leeds grew into the game.

"We showed different faces," said Jokanovic.

"We opened the game very well and created chances but they pressed us better at the start of the second half and the result was fair at the end.

"It's positive that we haven't lost any games but it's a bad thing we haven't won any games in the start of the season."

Leeds also remain unbeaten under new boss Thomas Christiansen but had chances to take all three points against the side that stole their top-six place in the final month of last season.

Chris Wood, the Sky Bet Championship's top goalscorer in 2016/17, endured another frustrating game in front of goal amid reported interest from Burnley.

"I don't know about the bid," said Christiansen. "I'm not listening to it.

"I'm just focusing on Chris on the pitch to score the goals. We'll work on that."

It was a second successive 0-0 draw for Leeds in front of their own fans after netting seven goals in their opening two games.

"It's another clean sheet and I believe the team played a very good game," said Christiansen.

"We have to recognise that we played against one of the best teams in this league. They started very well and we were not fast enough.

"At the end of the first half we controlled the game a bit more and in the second we deserved more.

"We need to be a bit more dangerous up front but at the end I'm satisfied with that result."

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