JERMAIN Defoe and the late Bradley Lowery have been nominated in the best sporting moment category at the Laureus World Sports Awards.

During his spell at Sunderland, Cherries striker Defoe formed a close relationship with mascot Lowery, who in July lost his battle with a rare form of cancer at the age of six.

Also nominated are teenage racing driver Billy Monger, Formula One star Kimi Raikkonen and his six-year-old fan Thomas Danel, the Iowa Hawkeyes for the ‘Kinnick Wave’ and the Chapecoense football team.

Defoe said: “The best sporting moment nomination is testament to the way Bradley’s courage and bravery inspired us all.

"Being nominated for such a prestigious award shows how Brad touched the lives of millions of people all over the globe.

"He was my best friend and not a day that goes by when I don’t think about him. Bradley’s memory inspires me every day, both on and off the pitch.”

A public vote will decide the winner, which will be announced at the awards in Monaco on Tuesday, February 27.

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