James Lawton

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

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Jonny Wilkinson following Toulon's victory over Saracens at Twickenham last weekend

James Lawton: Warren Gatland's strictness becomes a weakness as Jonny Wilkinson ends up the Lions fall guy

The tour will not be won in Hong Kong or business class of the plane going out

Barry John was an exponent of the ‘old art’ of playing at No 10

James Lawton: King of fly-halves Barry John gives Jonny Wilkinson the royal seal of approval to join one last Lions tour

'I was playing today I would probably kick every time. I might also have to make the odd tackle'

Harry Redknapp will stay at QPR and try to rebuild his squad

James Lawton: Harry Redknapp must hold his nerve, and take his share of blame for Queen's Park Rangers' relegation

Harry Redknapp is not so short of achievement it is necessary for him to side-step any blame in the disaster of Queen's Park Rangers, which is something even his warmest admirers have to admit was the thrust of his comments after Sunday's dismal denouement of a campaign which came to represent all that is worst in English football.

James Lawton: Wilkinson over Farrell for the Lions? His vital talent leaves Gatland no choice

Wilkinson had rarely produced such a welling of authority

Klopp’s calm over Götze’s loss is more cause to laud Germans

James Lawton: Dortmund manager Jürgen Klopp's calm over Mario Götze's loss is more cause to laud Germans

Borussia Dortmund’s victory over Real Madrid this week was many admirable things – not least another celebration of the German football culture in the wake of Bayern Munich’s crushing of Barcelona 24 hours earlier.

James Lawton: Luis Suarez's record leaves Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers in the dock

No one is saying that the Liverpool manager, Brendan Rodgers, had an easy job defending Luis Suarez this week but some of the positions he took were especially absurd.

Departing ... Godolphin’s Simon Crisford (left) and Frankie Dettori

James Lawton: The Godolphin verdict feels far
too neat, swift and conclusive

Will the sheikh’s current incandescent anger provoke his own exit?

Luis Suarez masks on sale outside Anfield

James Lawton: Been there, got the T-shirt... beware the Anfield myopia over the Luis Suarez bite

Forget the 'Inner Chimp' theory, Luis Suarez's behaviour is incorrigible

Sir Alex Ferguson joins in the celebrations

James Lawton: Willingness to adapt keeps Alex Ferguson and Manchester United one step ahead of the rest

He is a wonder of competitive force and working intelligence

The referee Mills Lane intervenes after Mike Tyson bit Evander Holyfield (right) during their infamous encounter in June 1997

James Lawton: Luis Suarez can rely on Liverpool to redraw the line every time he crosses it

The force of any kind of working morality tends to have the luminous strength of that candle blowing in the wind

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