James Lawton

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

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Orchestrated hate: the 1995 night of shame at Lansdowne Road

James Lawton on England v Republic of Ireland: Here's hoping England's dark days are in the past

Every other nation had dealt with the problem. Why not England?

Luis Suarez and Dylan Hartley have both fallen foul of authority

James Lawton on Dylan Hartley's ban: Football accepts it has problems, if only the same could be said of rugby

There's a blissful ignorance of how threatened rugby's morality has become

Arjen Robben scores the decisive goal of a brilliant match

James Lawton: An example of football's classic values to serve any age well

Borussia Dortmund brushed brilliantly against fate. Bayern Munich did more

Jürgen Klopp checks in at Dortmund airport on his way to London

James Lawton: Borussia Dortmund manager Jürgen Klopp masters the crying game to forge spirit that can shock Bayern Munich

Dortmund may be the underdog but did one ever come to Wembley with a more beautiful sheen to its coat or sharper teeth?

Sergio Garcia leaves a meeting at Wentworth yesterday, with George O’Grady, chief executive of the European Tour, (left) and Tim Finchem, the PGA Tour Commissioner

James Lawton: Sergio Garcia cracks as major fault line opens up again following racist remark aimed at Tiger Woods

Trying to get the better of Tiger Woods looks like the last word in futility

James Hunt in his prime in 1976

James Lawton: The James Hunt I knew is the subject of a new F1 movie

British driver was fascinating man whose epic duel with Niki Lauda in 1976 was typical of an era of glamour and glory – but also the ever-present threat of death

Despite James Lawton’s plea following the Olympics the season featured unsavoury incidents such as Luis Suarez’s attack on Branislav Ivanovic

James Lawton: Did football's mercenaries learn
nothing from our Olympic heroes?

Di Canio appeared to be drawing a line between unprofessional behaviour and his own dwindling levels of toleration

Barcelona’s Victor Valdes saves from Arsenal’s Thierry Henry during the 2006 Champions League final

James Lawton: When will Arsène Wenger's Arsenal enter the Champions League as anything but a disposable asset?

For all Arsenal's dreams and prettiness there must be nagging sense of futility

James Lawton: If Bradley Wiggins lost his nerve at the Giro d’Italia you couldn’t blame him

The chest infection which has prematurely ended Sir Bradley Wiggins’ failing assault on the Giro d’Italia will no doubt put on hold worrying speculation that he has, for the moment at least, lost his nerve on those spine-chilling mountain descents.

James Lawton: Limited powers would not suit a great manager at Manchester City

In the wake of the revised view of the tenure of Roberto Mancini, there is the remarkable suggestion that Manchester City are intent on limiting the powers of his successor.

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