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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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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Lowery Legends beat Bradley's Blues in charity match at Goodison Park

A charity celebrity match in aid of the Bradley Lowery Foundation and Everton in the Community finished in a fitting scoreline as t he Lowery Legends defeated Bradley's Blues 7-3 at Goodison Park.

Sunderland fan Bradley died in July aged six after a brave battle against the rare childhood cancer neuroblastoma which captured hearts across the sporting world,

And fellow Black Cats fan Chris Hughes, who was on television show Love Island, said: "I think it's a fitting scoreline 7-3, because (1973) is the year the Mackems won the FA Cup so that was fitting for Bradley."

Alan Stubbs, who played for both Everton and Sunderland during his career, added: " A big round of applause must go to everybody who turned up today to support a fantastic cause. He was such an inspirational boy.

"Unfortunately I don't think there were any inspirational performances on the pitch, but it wasn't about that today."

Former Wolves midfielder Jamie O'Hara, who scored a hat-trick for the Lowery Legends, added: " It was nice to get a few goals and the win but the real winners today is everyone that's come out and supported Bradley.

"This is amazing, incredible support and you should all be proud of yourselves."

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TV stars to play in Bradley Lowery charity match

TV stars will join former footballers for a celebrity charity match in memory of Bradley Lowery.

The game, to be played at Everton's Goodison Park on 3 September, will feature two teams managed by model Katie Price and boxer Tony Bellew.

Players will include ex-Everton stars Peter Beardsley and Alan Stubbs, former Sunderland left-back Micky Gray and singer-songwriter Olly Murs.

Sunderland fan Bradley died from a rare type of cancer aged six.

The players, who also include X-Factor winner turned Coronation Street actor Shayne Ward and Steps star Lee Latchford-Evans, will line up for either Bradley's Blues or The Lowery Legends.

Evertonians formed a special bond with the youngster, initially during Everton's match at Sunderland in September 2016 and then when he was a guest at Goodison Park for two matches in January and February this year.

Ex-Everton player and club ambassador Graham Stuart said the game would be "a chance to celebrate Bradley's life" and raise money for the Bradley Lowery Foundation.

The charity was set up after the youngster's death to help other young children suffering illness.

Former Black Cats and Toffees player Don Hutchison added: "I've been privileged to play for both sides and I couldn't think of two better sets of fans to play in front of, for young Bradley."

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Sunderland and St Johnstone fans pay respects to Bradley Lowery

Sunderland and St Johnstone supporters were united as they paid respects to Bradley Lowery during the sixth minute of Saturday's friendly at McDiarmid Park.

Bradley lost his cancer battle last week and the six-year-old's funeral was held in his home village of Blackhall, County Durham, on Friday where thousands of people wearing football shirts had lined the streets.

The memorial service was attended by his 'best friend' Jermain Defoe, the former Sunderland striker now at Bournemouth, who wore an England shirt.

The youngster's brave battle against the rare childhood cancer neuroblastoma captured hearts across the sporting world.

On Friday night, Newcastle fans sang ' There's only one Bradley Lowery' during their friendly at Scottish Premiership club Hearts before the ground broke into spontaneous applause.

St Johnstone had announced a similar planned tribute ahead of Saturday's friendly against Sunderland, who are now preparing for life in the Sky Bet Championship after finishing bottom of the Premier League.

A post on Sunderland's official Twitter feed read: " 6' Everyone is on their feet in McDiarmid Park with a rousing applause held to remember @Bradleysfight. A nice touch from @St_Johnstone_FC."

Sunderland saw an early penalty from new striker James Vaughan saved, before falling behind when Steven MacLean lashed the ball home following a close-range indirect free-kick.

St Johnstone soon doubled their lead through midfielder David Wotherspoon, who swiftly added a third goal after just 24 minutes.

The official attendance of the match was given as 2,032 with 573 supporters from Sunderland.

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Defoe pays tribute to 'best friend' Bradley Lowery

Footballer Jermain Defoe has paid tribute to his "best friend" Bradley Lowery.

The six-year-old Sunderland fan died on Friday following a fight with neuroblastoma - a rare type of cancer.

The club's former striker struck up a close friendship with the avid Black Cats fan and club mascot in the months before his death.

A tweet by the 34-year-old on Twitter described Bradley as a "little superstar".

It said the youngster's "courage and bravery will inspire me for the rest of my life".

He wrote: "Goodbye my friend, gonna miss you lots. I feel so blessed God brought u into my life and had some amazing moments with u and for that I'm so grateful"

Bradley, from Blackhall Colliery, County Durham, was diagnosed with the disease when he was 18 months old. He underwent treatment and was in remission, but relapsed last year.

His plight touched the lives of many, and well-wishers raised more than £700,000 in 2016 to pay for him to be given antibody treatment in New York.

But medics then found his cancer had grown and his family was informed his illness was terminal

His death was confirmed on social media by his parents.

The posting read: "My brave boy has went with the angels today.

"He was our little superhero and put the biggest fight up but he was needed else where. There are no words to describe how heart broken we are."

Tributes have poured in to the football fan, including one from his beloved club which said: "Bradley captured the hearts and minds of everyone."

The England football squad, for which Bradley was also a mascot, tweeted: "There's only one Bradley Lowery."

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Stars pay tribute after Bradley Lowery loses cancer fight

Football stars have paid emotional tributes to Bradley Lowery, the young mascot who lost his brave battle against a rare form of cancer.

Bradley's family announced the six-year-old Sunderland fan had died on Friday and celebrities across the world of sport have expressed their sadness.

Sunderland goalkeeper Vito Mannone, who joined team-mate Jermain Defoe at Bradley's sixth birthday party in May, said his heart was broken.

The Italian told his Instagram followers: " I wished this day would never come. My heart is broken and I have no words but i want to remember your incredible smile and I am honoured that I met you and had the chance to spend fantastic moments with you little Bradley and your family.

"It is like losing one of my family and from today I will have someone more to make proud anytime I step onto a football pitch.

"I am sure god have a place for you up there where you can spend amazing moments playing football without suffering anymore.

"My prayers go to all the family and people connected to @bradleysfight. I will miss you forever kiddo. RIP."

Former England captain and Match of the Day pundit Alan Shearer tweeted: "So sorry that little @Bradleysfight has passed away. An inspirational life cut way too short. Thoughts with his amazing family & friends RIP."

Former Arsenal and England striker Ian Wright praised the Lowery family, saying: "God bless you, you've done a magnificent job through the plight of your brave boy to bring awareness to this disease. May he rest in peace.X"

Former England striker Gary Lineker, who hosted the Sports Personality Of The Year awards at which Bradley was a special guest last year, said: "Terribly sad to hear that little Bradley Lowery has passed away. A warrior and an inspiration to the end. RIP Bradley."

And Jordan Pickford, the former Sunderland goalkeeper sold to Everton last month for a fee which could rise to £30million, posted on Instagram: "Rest in peace Bradley Lowery, such an inspiration to us all #theresonlyone."

Football clubs throughout the country joined in the tributes for Bradley, who died of a rare form of cancer, neuroblastoma, that affects around 100 children a year in the UK.

Newcastle said on Twitter: "Our deepest condolences go out to the family of Bradley Lowery and all who supported him throughout his brave battle."

Liverpool tweeted Bradley had been inspirational, adding: " Our thoughts are with you all at this sad time. May he rest in peace."

Chelsea posted a picture of their players with the young mascot on Twitter and said: "All at Chelsea are deeply saddened to learn of Bradley Lowery's passing. He touched all of us with his bravery and winning smile."

Manchester City posted a picture of manager Pep Guardiola presenting Bradley with a signed shirt and said: "Rest in peace @Bradleysfight (2011-17). Never forgotten."

In March, Bradley accompanied his hero Defoe on to the pitch at Wembley for England's World Cup qualifier against Lithuania and the national team posted a picture of the occasion on Twitter, saying: "T here's only one Bradley Lowery."

Former Nottingham Forest and Liverpool forward Stan Collymore suggested Bradley's life should be celebrated by the game's authorities.

Collymore said on Twitter: "Would love to think @fa and @premierleague could mark @bradleysfight by way of a trophy or award to commemorate."

And former England and Liverpool striker Robbie Fowler tweeted: "Sending our love and deepest sympathies to all of his family, friends and everyone aching by this awful news."

Sunderland forward Fabio Borini, on loan at Inter Mian, posted on Instagram: "Just heard the news about our good friend Bradley. What an amazing contagious smile. True legend to us all. Our love goes to his family and friends and my thoughts are with them during this extremely sad time. #theresonlyonebradleylowery"

Former Manchester United and England defender Rio Ferdinand retweeted the family's notification of Bradley's death and wrote: "Such sad news thoughts are with his family & friends! Godbless lil man"

Tottenham midfielder Victor Wanyama wrote: "Your bravery was an inspiration to many,from me and my family our thoughts are with your family and friends. R.I.P Bradley"

Manchester United and England winger Jesse Lingard posted a picture of Bradley alongside the words: "Thoughts and prayers are with brave little Bradley's family and friends at this sad time #ripchamp"

Stoke forward Bojan Krkic posted: "An exemplary fight, a lesson for life. My condolences to Bradley's family and friends. RIP #OneBradleyLowery"

The Gibraltar Football Association posted: "Rest In Peace Bradley. From the whole of Gibraltar's football family, you touched all of our hearts"

Barcelona and Turkey midfielder Arda Turan wrote: "You touched the hearts of millions. RIP Bradley, brave kid."

Former Real Madrid and Bolton player Ivan Campo said: " The worst news today.Bradley Lowery has died following a brave battle with cancer. RIP"

Wasps playmaker Danny Cipriani tweeted: "Rest in peace Bradley - united fans and people from all over with his fight - respect to JD"

Watford goalkeeper Heurelho Gomes posted: "R.I.P Bradley we love you little angel, my thoughts are with his family."

From the world of politics, Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn wrote: "Heartbreaking to hear that Bradley Lowery has died. I'll never forget images of Defoe & Bradley when he was Sunderland and England's mascot."

Julie Elliott, Labour MP for Sunderland Central tweeted: "Bradley packed so much into his short life. My thoughts are with his family & friends on this very sad day. RIP Bradley Lowery"

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