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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Who's monitoring the outsourced NHS services?

A report finds that private firms are not being properly assessed for their quality of care
Zac Goldsmith: 'I'll trigger a by-election over Heathrow'

Zac Goldsmith: 'I'll trigger a by-election over Heathrow'

The Tory MP said he did not want to stand again unless his party's manifesto ruled out a third runway. But he's doing so. Watch this space
How do Greek voters feel about Syriza's backtracking on its anti-austerity pledge?

How do Greeks feel about Syriza?

Five voters from different backgrounds tell us what they expect from Syriza's charismatic leader Alexis Tsipras
From Iraq to Libya and Syria: The wars that come back to haunt us

The wars that come back to haunt us

David Cameron should not escape blame for his role in conflicts that are still raging, argues Patrick Cockburn
Sam Baker and Lauren Laverne: Too busy to surf? Head to The Pool

Too busy to surf? Head to The Pool

A new website is trying to declutter the internet to help busy women. Holly Williams meets the founders
Heston Blumenthal to cook up a spice odyssey for British astronaut manning the International Space Station

UK's Major Tum to blast off on a spice odyssey

Nothing but the best for British astronaut as chef Heston Blumenthal cooks up his rations
John Harrison's 'longitude' clock sets new record - 300 years on

‘Longitude’ clock sets new record - 300 years on

Greenwich horologists celebrate as it keeps to within a second of real time over a 100-day test
Fears in the US of being outgunned in the vital propaganda wars by Russia, China - and even Isis - have prompted a rethink on overseas broadcasters

Let the propaganda wars begin - again

'Accurate, objective, comprehensive': that was Voice of America's creed, but now its masters want it to promote US policy, reports Rupert Cornwell
Why Japan's incredible long-distance runners will never win the London Marathon

Japan's incredible long-distance runners

Every year, Japanese long-distance runners post some of the world's fastest times – yet, come next weekend, not a single elite competitor from the country will be at the London Marathon
Why does Tom Drury remain the greatest writer you've never heard of?

Tom Drury: The quiet American

His debut was considered one of the finest novels of the past 50 years, and he is every bit the equal of his contemporaries, Jonathan Franzen, Dave Eggers and David Foster Wallace
You should judge a person by how they peel a potato

You should judge a person by how they peel a potato

Dave Hax's domestic tips are reminiscent of George Orwell's tea routine. The world might need revolution, but we like to sweat the small stuff, says DJ Taylor
Beige is back: The drab car colours of the 1970s are proving popular again

Beige to the future

Flares and flounce are back on catwalks but a revival in ’70s car paintjobs was a stack-heeled step too far – until now
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Bill Granger cooks with fresh cheeses

More delicate on the palate, milder, fresh cheeses can also be kinder to the waistline
Aston Villa vs Liverpool: 'This FA Cup run has been wonderful,' says veteran Shay Given

Shay Given: 'This FA Cup run has been wonderful'

The Villa keeper has been overlooked for a long time and has unhappy memories of the national stadium – but he is savouring his chance to play at Wembley
Timeless drama of Championship race in league of its own - Michael Calvin

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Timeless drama of Championship race in league of its own