James Lawton

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

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New Zealand referee Chris Pollock, left, tries to explain a decision to Sam Warburton, right

James Lawton on the British and Irish Lions 2013: It's time to shine a light on murky world of rugby refereeing

When someone like Brian O'Driscoll wears a face of bewilderment you have a problem

Shikhar Dhawan, left, was the undoubted star at the Champions Trophy

James Lawton: Shikhar Dhawan's explosive arrival proves Champions Trophy is a tournament worthy of being saved

He pummelled his first ball after the rain break high and square for a six

Police detain a demonstrator in Rio de Janeiro amid protests across Brazil

James Lawton: Unrest in Brazil’s streets should force football to question its own values

On this occasion Pele’s status was no insulation against scorn on the streets

Stuart Broad celebrates taking the wicket of J P Duminy of South Africa first ball

James Lawton: Firmer fist will be required if England are to win Champions Trophy final

Such timidity won't do against either the aggressive Indians or stalwart Sri Lanka

Justin Rose carries the US Open trophy across the 18th green after his victory

James Lawton: Justin Rose was one brilliantly programmed Englishman saying his day had come at the US Open

He had done his work, taken his blows and was as ready as he would ever be... he simply refused to be intimidated

Leigh Halfpenny sends over another penalty on Saturday

James Lawton: Only an act of God can threaten Leigh Halfpenny, immaculate converter

His accuracy is as inevitable as death and taxes

Sri Lanka's Kumar Sangakkara punches the air after he hit the winning runs to defeat England in their ICC Champions Trophy cricket match at the Oval cricket ground in London

James Lawton: Flailing David Warner should learn from the subtle blows landed by Kumar Sangakkara

The warner affair made Sangakkara’s taming of the fearsome Jimmy Anderson required viewing at several levels

Justin Rose says he is ready to finally win a major

James Lawton: One of Europe's Ryder Cup heroes must find the steel necessary to storm the US Open

Rory McIlroy, Graeme McDowell, Lee Westwood, Darren Clarke and Justin Rose must step up

Brian O’Driscoll continues to produce an extraordinary level of permormance

James Lawton: No easing up in Brian O'Driscoll's rage at dying of the light

What was so arresting for Phil Bennett was his intensity

Happier days at Madrid as Jose Mourinho is hoisted aloft by his Real players

James Lawton: Is this a Jose Mourinho blander, bruised and less special? Don't you believe it

You do not achieve as much as Mourinho and then give way at the first sign of serious disappointment

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