James Lawton

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

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The fantasy life has to end at some point for the Liverpool goalkeeper Pepe Reina. In his case, it may be at Napoli

James Lawton: Welcome to the world of Liverpool goalkeeper Pepe Reina - where loyalty is fine as long as it works for you

Liverpool suspect you are no longer worth £110,000 a week on the bench

Bale (right) has spoken of his gratitude to Andre Villas-Boas

Comment: Gareth Bale is entitled to Real Madrid riches but spare us the love-for-Tottenham rot

The Wales international is keen on a move to the Bernabeu

Lucky kids from all over the UK warm up the track for Usain Bolt by running a mile in the Sainsbury's Race To Rio at The Olympic Stadium

James Lawton: True Olympic legacy burns bright despite bid’s betrayal of our youth

If the bid was dubious, the consequences were glorious

James Lawton: John Aldridge still shows the courage of his convictions

Many years ago John Aldridge, a Liverpool striker of formidable application, delivered a stunning riposte when it was suggested that he was wrong to question the value of playing football in the wake of the Hillsborough tragedy.

James Lawton: Cesc Fabregas could take care of business for Manchester United

It is a little soon to nominate the signing of the new season but there is not much doubt, at least not here, about the one which would be filled with the sweetest promise.

Jamaican sprinter Usain Bolt (L) and British sprinter James Dasaolu attend a press conference in central London

Is Usain Bolt running under a cloud amid doping suspicions?

Bolt and Dasaolu compete in Anniversary Games on Friday night. It should be a celebration of last year’s Olympics... but all the talk in athletics is of drugs

What has happened to the plan Wenger founded on sanity?

James Lawton: Arsenal's bid for Luis Suarez smacks of desperation - and signals that Arsene Wenger has lost his attachment to higher values

So what happened to the ethos of Arsenal? To the plan founded on sanity?

Australia’s Steve Waugh celebrates his one-legged century at The Oval

James Lawton on the Ashes 2013: Australia must learn lessons of Steve Waugh to restore past glories in the Ashes

Tourists should take a leaf out of former captain’s book as their country’s failing cricket culture threatens to overwhelm Clarke

Tiger Woods reacts after finishing his final round

James Lawton at The Open 2013: Tiger Woods' fiercely competitive flame is more like a feeble flicker these days

There is a good  deal of accumulating evidence that  something quite irrecoverable has gone

Lee Westwood plays out of the rough on his way to a four-over-par final round as he slipped from first to a tie for third

James Lawton at The Open 2013: Champion’s nerve still proves out of reach for Lee Westwood

There was the grim possibility that his last and best chance had come and gone

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His life, the universe and everything

New biography sheds light on comic genius of Douglas Adams
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Shows like Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D are little more than marketing tools
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Reach for the skies

From pools to football pitches, rooftop living is looking up
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12 best hotel spas in the UK

Some hotels go all out on facilities; others stand out for the sheer quality of treatments
These Iranian-controlled Shia militias used to specialise in killing American soldiers. Now they are fighting Isis, backed up by US airstrikes

Widespread fear of Isis is producing strange bedfellows

Iranian-controlled Shia militias that used to kill American soldiers are now fighting Isis, helped by US airstrikes
Topshop goes part Athena poster, part last spring Prada

Topshop goes part Athena poster, part last spring Prada

Shoppers don't come to Topshop for the unique
How to make a Lego masterpiece

How to make a Lego masterpiece

Toy breaks out of the nursery and heads for the gallery
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Meet the ‘Endies’ – city dwellers who are too poor to have fun

Urbanites are cursed with an acronym pointing to Employed but No Disposable Income or Savings
Paisley’s decision to make peace with IRA enemies might remind the Arabs of Sadat

Ian Paisley’s decision to make peace with his IRA enemies

His Save Ulster from Sodomy campaign would surely have been supported by many a Sunni imam
'She was a singer, a superstar, an addict, but to me, her mother, she is simply Amy'

'She was a singer, a superstar, an addict, but to me, her mother, she is simply Amy'

Exclusive extract from Janis Winehouse's poignant new memoir
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Is this the role to win Cumberbatch an Oscar?

The Imitation Game, film review
England and Roy Hodgson take a joint step towards redemption in Basel

England and Hodgson take a joint step towards redemption

Welbeck double puts England on the road to Euro 2016
Relatives fight over Vivian Maier’s rare photos

Relatives fight over Vivian Maier’s rare photos

Pictures removed from public view as courts decide ownership
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‘Fashion has to be fun. It’s a big business, not a cure for cancer’

Donatella Versace at New York Fashion Week