James Lawton

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

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James Lawton: 301 proves to be magic number for James Anderson

Jimmy Anderson brushed against history again when he took his 300th Test wicket but it was the one which followed that was most crucial to England’s embattled cause.

David Beckham next to Luis Figo at the world player of the year awards in 2001

James Lawton: David Beckham has taken more credit for himself than anyone else could give

There was never a time when he was among the world top 10, let alone the top two

Ferguson celebrates his latest, and last, Premier League title triumph

James Lawton: Sir Alex Ferguson's exit from Manchester United leaves a yawning vacuum but values of ambition and loyalty are still in place

He may have absorbed the declaration of Walter Hagen that some time everyone must stop to smell the flowers

Ronnie O’Sullivan celebrates his World Championship win with son Ronnie

James Lawton: Ronnie O'Sullivan is no trouble... his brilliance is a joy to behold

That soaring sense that you are witnessing unique powers

David Luiz smirks as his opponent Rafael da Silva is dismissed

James Lawton: Laughing at his own deceit, Chelsea defender David Luiz takes football to new low in fakery

The nausea quota for those who still like basic sporting values at the top of football these days could hardly have been higher

Phil Jagielka blocks Coutinho’s shot at Anfield

James Lawton: Carragher's final hurrah cast into shadow by bout of penalty-box 'wrestling'

The game offered few suggestions it would be a contest

Jose Mourinho’s bond with the Stamford Bridge faithful remains strong

James Lawton: Jose Mourinho's return would make link between Chelsea and fans special again

Imagine the historic weight of Jose Mourinho’s confidently anticipated second coronation at Chelsea if his Real Madrid had conjured one more goal in the dying moments of their Champions League campaign and then come to Wembley to ambush the now mighty Bayern Munich.

James Lawton: Rugby World Cup legacy must be more bums on seats

Talk of gouging at the Rugby World Cup box office is worrying for all those who see the 2015 tournament as the perfect platform for the game’s graduation as a fully fledged and reasonably savvy protagonist in the front rank of professional sport.

James Lawton: Daniel Levy must weigh up glory and gold, and keep Gareth Bale at Tottenham

As Andre Villas-Boas fights for Tottenham’s place in Europe, he utters the brave hope that English football’s most celebrated player Gareth Bale isn’t going anywhere.

Bayern's success this season is setting the bar very high for Pep Guardiola

James Lawton: Pep Guardiola heads in the right direction, but how can he improve on this Bayern Munich team?

Were Barcelona really the unanswerable claimants to the title of the best ever?

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'The day I was shot by the Taliban'

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