Dan Lawrence's expectations were always high once he had scored a century in his second championship appearance and for his 18th birthday.
But five years later, he is ready to justify the hype that came on the English stage with his spectacular arrival. Lawrence is always considered to be & # 39; one to watch & # 39; since that busy day early in the 2015 season, when he became the third youngest centurion in championship history at 17 years and 290 days by making 161 for Essex against Surrey.
But it wasn't until he became the outstanding artist on the undefeated tour of the Lions through Australia in an Ashes dress rehearsal last month that he drove himself to the front of the row for the hitting places in England.
Now Lawrence, 22, has more reasons than most to hope that the domestic season will not be delayed too long as he seems to be building on his decisive lions against Australia A for centuries and pave his way in the plans of his longtime provincial coach, Chris Silverwood, now in charge of England.
& # 39; I'd like to keep the momentum out of Australia as no doubt the tour has been the most important moment in my career so far & # 39 ;, Lawrence told Sportsmail this week while he waited for news if and when the domestic season can begin.
& # 39; I was very motivated to get it right before it started and I had a very clear idea of what I wanted to achieve with it. In terms of power, I had no doubts that I could do it right. I just wanted to be ruthless about it. I got a few scores early on and that helped me get a really good rhythm and have a productive tour. I was thrilled with how it all went. & # 39;
It could well be the start of something big for Lawrence, who surpassed his early Essex century by making 190 against Cricket Australia and then 125 under the MCG spotlights that inspired the lions to Australia A for beat it first.
Silverwood, who coached an Essex team, including Lawrence, to the 2017 championship title before leaving for England set-up, is known as a great admirer of a character with the confidence and temperament to enjoy the biggest stages.
& # 39; To be honest, I know I'm a decent player, it's just that I haven't quite put together the kind of scores I would have liked in recent years & # 39; said Lawrence , which refers to the middle order.
& # 39; That was partly due to some technical stuff, but it can be quite difficult to hit Chelmsford, so it was nice to get on flat fields in Australia and show that I can score consistently.
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] High score: 161
Essex-younger Dan Lawrence sings with the bat and the ball while England Lions Down Under roar
- The Essex off-spinner took three wickets in four balls and ended with four for 28
- Then, with 35 runs, he weighed the bat to claim man-of-the-match
- The tourists chased the 180 goal of a Cricket Australia XI
Essex & # 39; s occasional off-spinner ended with four for 28 – and then weighed in with 35 runs with the bat to claim the man-of-the-match award.
The tourists chased the 180-run target set by saving a Cricket Australia XI with nine overs in Carrara, Queensland.
Also prominent in making it two victories of two for the Lions was Durham & # 39; s Brydon Carse, who reduced numbers from 2/2/17-3 and then entered an undefeated 19th.
& # 39; It's great to have another win under our belt in what was pretty challenging conditions, with the threat of bad weather, which means we were against during our pursuit, "Lawrence said
"These first two wins give us great confidence in the rest of the one. -day series, which shows that we can perform at all stages of the game and adapt to the competition situation. & # 39;
England & # 39; s second series plays eight games Down Under and will compete against a recent trend such tours, face an Australia A team with nine full internationals in their first class competition in Melbourne from February 22-25.
Moises Henriques leads a team with 2019 Ashes stars Marcus Harris, Usman Khawaja and James Pattinson.
Former schoolboy in Leeds Josh Inglis – who moved to Australia as a teenager – is one of three uncapped players.
EXCLUSIVE: British cruise weight boxing champion Lawrence Okolie, accompanied by Anthony Joshua, is seen with a GUN in front of him on a table after partying in an LA nightclub
- Lawrence Okolie partyed with friends on a trip to the United States
- The cruiserweight boxer's friends filmed antics on their social media channels
- Okolie not dealing with it gun, but was seen sat by a table where it was present
- The 26-year-old recently won the European cruise weight title in October
British cruiserweight boxer Lawrence Okolie was filmed Saturday a gun for him at a table while partying in the United States.
Okolie is currently enjoying some rest in the US with a group of friends who have filmed their journey on their various social media channels.
A friend of Okolie, who uses the gurdasgold93 account, posted an Instagram story in which the boxer and another friend laughed around a table with various items.
As the camera pans through the room, a black gun is visible on the table, as well as a large gold chain and playing cards.
Okolie can be seen smiling at the top of the table before he raised his hands after he realized that he was being filmed.
Sources near Okolie insisted that the gun belonged to a guard and had hired friends for the night in California. They had previously bought some new jewelry, because Okolie enjoys Stateside for some time after his victory over Yves Ngabu last month.
Okolie represented Team GB as a heavyweight icht at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio ng professional under Eddie Hearn's promotional matchroom in January 2017.
He has since become one of the most dangerous fighters in the cruiserweight division and currently has a record of 14 wins from 14 games, including 11 knockouts.
Okolie was last in action when he stopped Yves Ngabu in the sixth round of the match in the 02 Arena on October 26.
The victory saw the Hackney-born hunter pick up the European cruise weight title and he is expected to compete for a world title in 2020.
Derby 2-0 Middlesbrough: Tom Lawrence and Rams put crisis week behind them, but relegation struggles for Jonathan Woodgate's side
- Dramatic week in which Captain Richard Keogh Richard 1945 ]
- Keogh and Tom Lawrence were involved in a scandal drink drive
- But Lawrence disgraced him behind in Pride Park with two goals
- Middlesbrough now extends winless run to eight games after loss
- George Savile was sent for Jonathan Woodgate's struggling outfit
Redemption for Tom Lawrence – but the danger of relegation for Jonathan Woodgate and his men looms big.
Together with Richard Keogh and Mason Bennett, Lawrence was involved in the scandal drive that brought Derby to shame.
But while Bennett was not involved in Saturday's squad and Keogh will not be involved in a squad in a club after being looted for at least a year due to an injury, Lawrence has been taken over by manager Philip Cocu .
His faith was repaid with Lawrence's first goals since he appeared in court. And vital goals were that too.
Finally the right headlines for the international Wales.
Not just for Woodgate. Within half an hour the world of Middlesbrough was upside down. After two minutes, Britt Haunted got a chance through a stray back pass from Curtis Davies, drove past Derby goalkeeper Kelle Roos, but hesitated long enough for Matt Clarke to make an essential block.
Derby (4-2-3-1): Rose 6, Bogle 6, Davies 6, Clarke 7, Malone 6 (Lowe 84 5), Shinnie 6, Bielik 6 (Evans 53 6), Lawrence 7, Marriott 6 , Holmes 8, Martin 6 (Waghorn 67 6)
Subs not used: Hamer, Wisdom, Paterson, Dowell
Middlesbrough (3-5-2 Pears 6, Fry 6 Ayala 7, McNair 6, Johns on 6 (Walker 79 6), Saville 5, Wing 5, (Coulson 79 6), Tavernier 6 Howson 6, Browne 6 (Dijksteel 33 6) Haunting 6
Subs not used : Mejias, Clayton, Wood, Liddle
Referee: Darren Bond 7
Managers: Philip Cocu 7, Jonthan Woodgate 7
Man of the Match: Duane Holmes
Enter Lawrence. A one-two with Chris Martin on the edge of the area and a low shot to beat Aynsley Pears in the 22nd minute. After 32 minutes, it didn't get any better for Woodgate. George Savile saw red when he made a wild tackle on Krystian Bielik and then saw red again when referee Darren Bond sent him away.
& # 39; I will have to see its repetition, & # 39; said Woodgate. & # 39; But these were important moments. That first chance was huge. We have to start taking those risks. I – I have to stay strong and as a team we have to stay positive. & # 39;
Philip Cocu was diplomatic about the dismissal. "The only thing I will say is that when you make such a & # 39; n tackle, you have to make sure you get the ball."
Lawrence completed the scoring in the 84th minute. Predictable given the way in which Duane Holmes and the company had tortured the Middlesbrough defense.
Cocu admitted that it was a difficult week, given the furor generated by the dismissal of Keogh for his role in the car accident affair that left him with a serious injury.
& # 39; But the players showed a great spirit. It was not just a normal game and we had to win. We did that. I'm proud of them. & # 39;
Derby can now start looking up. Middlesbrough are scared to look down.
& # 39; Don't expect England to race with it & # 39 ;: Lawrence Dallaglio advocates caution about Eddie Jones's men before the World Cup Final with South Africa
England registered an impressive 19-7 triumph over New Zealand in the semi-final last weekend, but Dallaglio says they should keep that triumph in mind.
Dallaglio said about ITV: & # 39; It's very hard to do, but I think England has won & # 39; don't think about that (win NZ).
& # 39; Wonderful performances, tactically and emotionally stunning, but the final is about controlling the performance they bring.
& # 39; What you told was that when you defeat the All Blacks there is a huge hysteria, but they were just clam Very subdued and I think that was a sign that they know the work is not finished yet.
& # 39 This is the last World Cup, they are always inclined to nag to keep it and it is always pretty dramatic for England. Don't expect England to race with it. & # 39;
Dallaglio believes that Maro Itoje will play a central role if England wants to become victorious.
& # 39; The trip Itoje participated, he was in the World Cup team 4 years ago, but was missing and now the way he evolved is fantastic, & # 39; Dallaglio said.
& # 39; He is the winner of several Premierships, European titles. He is focused, so channel. They are strong, they are athletic. He faces real competition today and it will be fascinating to see that fight.
& # 39; England is one of the few teams in this World Cup that can match them for power. & # 39;
Lawrence Dallaglio has always been bullish.
World Cup Final next Saturday, the man who won and lost one, firmly believes that the 2019 team will soon join him in the pantheon.
He doesn't even mind if it means they take some of his after-dinner speaking slots.
As much as he is an expert – Dallaglio, now 47, provides insight into television for Saturday's final – he is still an advocate of those in white.
& # 39; I & # 39; I'm the huge rugby fan in England, & he confirms.
& # 39; I am very happy for them. People say, "It's not a part of you that doesn't want them to darken what you did?" It couldn't be further from the truth.
It would be great because it is something special for England. To win and achieve that, on the biggest stage, you want to be able to share that with everyone.
& that's what it's all about. As soon as you remove, you want to go: "You have some of that!"
"Do you know what really impresses me with this English team? Usually when you defeat the All Blacks, there is a hysteria at the end that you wouldn't believe, because it happens about three times a century.
"Actually there was no hysteria at all. The players were quite satisfied with themselves and were all entitled to it because they were fantastic. But they gave each other a little hug and then said: "All right, we go further". That to show me the maturity of this team. & # 39;
If England can complete the job in Yokohama against South Africa, Dallaglio says it will surpass the performance of his team 16 years ago.
& # 39; They & # 39; d have reported Australia, New Zealand and South Africa & # 39 ;, Dallaglio explains on behalf of Land Rover, official global partner of Rugby World Cup 2019. & # 39; It would probably be one of the best World Cup wins ever & # 39 ;.
He is free there more likely that they will win – and greatly impressed by those who play in his old position, the back row. Amazingly, it's Dallaglio & # 39; s review of Tom Curry, Sam Underhill and Billy Vunipola.
"They are all ahead of their time. I was 31 when I played in a World Cup final and had 65 caps – it was not my first rodeo. I have personally experienced a lot in my career.
"Tom is 21 – I did a paper round then! It is really incredible. It is their ability to run and run, to empty the tank. & # 39;
Earlier this week, Dallaglio overtook another member of the 2007 team in the final.
It was Andy Farrell, whose son Owen made quite an impression on former No. 8 years ago.
& # 39; He has been a captain since birth, & he said, Dallaglio of Farrell Jnr. "He walked around the field with his father very early and saw trophies lifted up in all corners of the world. He thinks that's normal. When that's in your DNA, it's pretty cool. About two years later, we turned on the TV, saw Owen playing for Saracens, and my son said, "I don't think he will look after me anymore." I said, "No, he really won't be. Sorry for that!"
On Saturday the former nanny could lift the Webb Ellis Trophy – and Dallaglio would welcome him with open arms in the legend lounge.
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Ricky Burns loses to Lee Selby while Lawrence Okolie and Conor Benn both triumph in the O2 Arena
Ricky Burns lost most of Lee Selby decision after a close lightweight competition.
De Welshman started strong, but Burns defied his 36-year-old legs to come back in the match, which saw both men blow after the bell had gone to the end of the fifth round
Eventually former IBF featherweight world champion Selby has plotted his old frugal partner with the three judges who scored 115-115, 116-112 and 116-113.
Also in London, Lawrence Okolie stopped Yves Ngabu in the seventh round to win the European cruiserweight title and add it to his Commonwealth and British belts.
Conor Benn, the son of Nigel, also defended his WBA Continental welterweight title with a fourth round stoppage of Steve Jamoye.
Derby duo Tom Lawrence and Mason Bennett both plead guilty to driving under the influence and fail to stop at the scene of an accident on the A6 last month
The second anniversary of Gordon Strachan's resignation as Scotland manager passed by quietly on Saturday without any hassle or ceremony.
There was no guilt or apology. No confessions on the part of the SFA or those of us who felt that his time was up.
A 2-2 draw with Slovenia in October 2017 Completed hope of reaching the World Cup Final and, after watching England, Wales, Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland reached Euro 2016 while Scotland watched TV, the SFA board decided that the time was right for change.
Statistics can be misleading. But the facts and figures of the past two years confirm an old saying when it comes to changing a manager. Be careful what you wish for.
When Strachan went to Scotland, they were unbeaten in seven games. They were undefeated in 2017 in Alex McLeish cam and that didn't work. Steve Clarke replaced him in the 18 games played in the last two years, the national team of Scotland has now won seven. Two of them against the footballing giants of San Marino.
Listen, Steve Clarke wins everywhere he can find one. His second in six responsible games was marked by a first half hat trick for John McGinn. The former Hibs player became the first Scotland international to score three goals in the same half since Easter Road icon Laurie Reilly claimed a treble against the US in 1952.
The second half was a somewhat farcical affair because a tumbling rain formed pee on the Hampden field.
The misery was alleviated by goals for two starting debutants, Lawrence Shankland tapped in the fourth before Stuart Findlay became defender Stuart Findlay became the first Kilmarnock player to score for Scotland since Tommy McLean against Wales in a 5-3 victory in 1969. Substitute Stuart Armstrong added a late sixth with a stunning free kick.
There is no reason to bunting just to hang up. Far from going in the right direction, because the abandonment of Strachan Scotland has deteriorated and a one-sided victory over the no-hopers of Europe in extreme circumstances does not change the task in hand.
Before he was also placed out with the secured McLeish waste to a play-off of the Nations League. And now that the automatic qualification for the Euro 2020 final has disappeared, it is Clarke's job to forge a team capable of defeating the Norwegian side, claiming an injury time point in the last three group games on Saturday night.
A dark, soaked night on the south side of Glasgow was never much doubt that Scotland would win. The question was how many.
When they won 2-0 in San Marino in the last days of the McLeish government, the Tartan army expressed their feelings. After a 4-0 defeat to Russia on Thursday, the terrible weather was a bad incentive to pay nearly £ 30 for a dead rubber match against the continental minnows.
Subs: Fraser, Taylor, MacGillivray, Morgan, Gallagher, Mulgrew, Marshall, O & # 39; Donnell
Objectives: McGinn 12, 27, 45, Shankland 65, Findlay 70, Armstrong 86
San Marino: Simoncini; Battistini, Censoni, Brolli, D & # 39; Addario (Grandoni 46); Mularoni, A. Golinucci; Gasperoni, Berardi (Ceccaroli 80), Giardi (Hirsch 46); Nanni
Subs not used: Zavoli, Lunadei, E. Golinucci, Bernardi, Benedettini, Tomassini, Valle, Palazzi
An even larger crowd than expected braved the elements to see Scotland from the needy. If it doesn't pay to beat a team 9-0 beaten by Belgium, some comfort can be derived from the fact that there was no shame either. And it is not often that Scotland can say that.
The goal came in 12 minutes, the first of three for John McGinn despite legitimate reasons for doubt.
Ryan Christie and James Forrest, omitted from the loss to Russia, played on both sides of Shankland in a 4-3-3 formation.
In his ninth cap, Christie feels that he was claiming his first Scotland goal when he collected a diagonal ball on the edge of the area, cut it in, and curled a low effort toward the bottom corner.
The late point of John McGinn certainly distracted Simonici enough to see the ball crawl into the net. Whether the Aston Villa man really touched it on the way is a point of discussion.
A scorer in the 2-1 defeat to Russia in Hampden last month got the former Hibs player the benefit of the doubt.
There was no argument about the second goal in 27 minutes. No room for dubiety.
The heavy rain that came out a leap of heaven tumbled, causing treacherous handling conditions for San Marino keeper Si monici, and it turned out when he spilled a harmless Scott McTominay cross right at McGinn's feet for a branch. According to Scotland, a third goal in 19 caps makes the former Hibs man productive.
For Scotland, the threat did not come from San Marino, but from the weather. After days of worrying about the impact conditions that the World Cup hope of the national team Typhoon Haggis might have, the ball appeared visibly in Hampden, the ball visible in pools with water on the field.
Yet McGinn claimed a rare and precious Scotland hat-trick for half-time
The corner of Ryan Christie was dropped on goal by Stuart Findlay, Scotland's number eight close-by for 3- 0 in the net.
The second half started conditions better suited for synchronized swimming. Despite almost no bouncing on the ball on the soaked surface, the French referee Jerome Brisard clearly believed it was more logical to plow through. Almost literally.
The enormous difficulty of passing the ball did nothing for the hope of more Scotland goals, the water on the field made the art of passing the ball the farcical lottery.
A deflected cross by Andrew Robertson almost caught Simonic, while at the other end Scotland & # 39; s debuting keeper Jon McLaughlin was finally able to make a save – his first of the match – after an hour from Filippo Berardi. For Scotland & # 39; s goalkeeper, the biggest threat was pneumonia.
The interest of the crowd w was aroused by the debutants who were central. Shankland claimed his first Scotland goal after 65 minutes and tapped home from close range after Scott McTominay's 25-meter curling shot hit the crossbar and conveniently hit the striker's feet.
It was the turn of Stuart Findlay within three minutes. The delight of the defender of Kilmarnock was obvious when he firmly headed Ryan Christie's corner kick in the net for 5-0.
Johnny Russell and Stuart Armstrong replaced Callum McGregor and hat trick-hero McGinn, Southampton's midfielder with a stunning curling free kick in the top corner for 6-0 with three minutes to play.
A point behind a Russia-defeated side of Cyprus, the victory in Nicosia next month would raise the Scots to third in Group I with a home game against Kazakhstan to end. After two years of going in the wrong direction, it is something.
Mo Farah ends FOUR minutes behind marathon winner Chicago Lawrence Cherono after worst personal time in endurance sporting event
Mo Farah ended a disappointing four minutes behind winner Lawrence Cherono in the Sunday marathon in Chicago.
Farah, who won the same event last year in only his third distance attempt, worked to an eighth place in a time of 2:09:58.
The 36-year-old has endured a turbulent week after being questioned about his association with the embarrassed coach Mo Salazar.
The 36-year-old unleashed a verbal attack on journalists on Friday after being asked to his association with Salazar prior to his conviction for doping violations.
Farah accused the media of targeting him and suggested that there was a racial element to persistent questions, pointing out that he had never failed a drug test.
Twelve months ago Farah won the Chicago Marathon after placing the eighth fastest time in the history of the event with a time of 2:05:11