James Lawton

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

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Kevin Pietersen plays straight in England’s second innings yesterday

James Lawton on the Ashes: Pressure is now on Kevin Pietersen to reassure a suddenly nervy nation

The Poms had been found guilty of the most outrageous act of presumption

Peter Siddle celebrates dismissing Jonathan Trott

James Lawton on the Ashes: Battling Peter Siddle again proves Australia are far from ready to lie down and roll over

They were supposed already to have one foot on the road to cricketing perdition

England’s Alastair Cook (left) with Australia captain Michael Clarke

James Lawton: Bring on the heat of the Ashes in high summer of sport

Buoyed by recent historic triumphs, many are predicting an English whitewash - but Michael Clarke's Australians are very capable of making the series unforgettable

Andy Murray, holding the Wimbledon trophy, with a group of schoolchildren in London

James Lawton: Forget the Olympics, Andy Murray's legacy is real... one a child in the street can touch

The Murray way is tough but promises generous returns

Warren Gatland acknowledges the Lions support

British and Irish Lions 2013: Facing a storm of criticism over dropping Brian O'Driscoll, Warren Gatland was correct on every call

Absurd pressure was placed on him by many who should have known better

The moment of victory

James Lawton on Andy Murray's Wimbledon victory: A triumph never to be forgotten. An inspiration to everyone who watched

The nation had waited 77 tortuous years for this moment and, in  the end, victory came at a canter.  James Lawton reports on a  triumph that defied the odds

After his 2011 disaster, Murray knew he had to get serious

James Lawton: The day that Andy Murray said 'this just isn't good enough'

After his 2011 demolition by Djokovic the Scot knew he had to get serious or stay a nearly man

Andy Murray stretches to return the ball during his victory on Centre Court

James Lawton: Old Andy Murray would have been raging at the moon – but the new version was in control

For a second time in three days Murray was threatened with a rude ejection

Sabine Lisicki serves on her way to victory in the women's semi-final
Brian O'Driscoll walks dejectedly off the pitch after defeat in game two

James Lawton on the British and Irish Lions: Was the axing of Brian O'Driscoll sacrilege? Don't be silly... it is time to live in the present

When we looked for Brian O'Driscoll's flame we found it had run rather low

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