sport news Defoe among favourites for Sports Personality of the Year

Jermain Defoe befriended seriously ill fan Bradley Lowery The six-year-old passed away earlier this month after fighting neuroblastoma The English forward has been listed at 5/1 to win the prestigious award Anthony Joshua is the outright favourite after beating Wladimir Klitschko 

By Spencer Morgan For Mailonline

Published: 00:16 BST, 18 July 2017 | Updated: 00:16 BST, 18 July 2017

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Former striker Jermain Defoe has been listed among the favourites for the BBC Sports Personality of the Year award.

The 34-year-old has received praise for his support for late Black Cats fan Bradley Lowery, who tragically passed away earlier this month after fighting neuroblastoma.

Defoe, who joined Bournemouth from after the club were relegated, befriended the seriously ill youngster as he battled the cancer.

Jermain Defoe looks on during the funeral of six-year-old Bradley Lowery on Thursday

Jermain Defoe looks on during the funeral of six-year-old Bradley Lowery on

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