James Lawton

James Lawton is Chief Sports Writer for The Independent and Sports Journalist of the Year 2011.

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Katherine Grainger wins Olympic gold

James Lawton: My pleasure and privilege, Katherine Grainger

You may say it is wretchedly self-serving, and you may be right, but there is still a compulsion to reproduce here a fragment of the beautifully written autobiography rower Katherine Grainger produced beside a Scottish loch after her superb Olympic gold medal triumph last year.

Wayne Rooney

James Lawton: To cast Wayne Rooney as a victim is to insult the real professionals

The solution to all of Rooney’s problems lies at his own feet

Neil Young is keen to add to Chester's trophy cabinet

Back from the brink: Chester taking express line to Football League

Neil Young, the railway worker-turned-Chester manager, tells James Lawton of his aim to build on two straight promotions

Kevin Pietersen attends a training session ahead of the fourth Ashes Test

James Lawton on the Ashes: England must put away the hangdog look and rediscover their old bite

The vibrant cricketers at Old Trafford were those in green caps

Bill Shankly leads his team out for the 1971 FA Cup final

James Lawton: Bill Shankly's story was filled with heroes and monsters, stranger than any fiction

David Peace's latest football confection doesn't tell us anything that we don't already know

David Warner good-naturedly acknowledges the crowd's attempts to sledge him at Old Trafford
David Warner takes a hit from a Stuart Broad delivery

James Lawton: England use up time and sympathy to rile resurgent tourists

Australia will leave this evening with a lot more reason for belief in themselves

Australia’s Brad Haddin plays an assured stroke during his unbeaten 65

James Lawton: So, how will England react to Australia's first serious counterpunch?

Jonathan Trott, Kevin Pietersen and Ian Bell face an unexpectedly severe examination

The Australia captain, Michael Clarke, clips the ball for four on the way to a century

James Lawton on the Ashes: Classy Michael Clarke brings Ashes series back from the precipice

The Australian captain produced his credentials as a leader and batsman of superb skill

Kevin Pietersen during a nets session at Old Trafford

James Lawton: Time for Kevin Pietersen to give his old greatness an airing at new Old Trafford

KP's ability to draw us to the edge of our seats should be as tangible as ever

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