Chelsea were unable to make the most of their early dominance in an entertaining first half.Willian came closest to breaking the deadlock for the Premier League leaders, curling a shot just pass the post from the edge of the box when he should have scored.Chelsea, with the more defensively minded John Mikel Obi selected to replace the suspended Nemanja Matic in midfield, looked composed and confident from the outset.Willian sent a fizzing low effort narrowly wide after a sweet move and the excellent Eden Hazard curled a shot well wide following an adventurous run from the halfway line.The hosts did threaten on the break on a couple of occasions, with their best chance seeing Thibaut Courtois block Jack Colback’s close-range strike.But the Blues continued to control possession and create the better chances.Gary Cahill headed over from a corner, Willian was just wide with another strike after a stunning Hazard run, and Costa had a couple of decent strikes on goal.But although the Blues, who are looking to set a club record of 24 matches unbeaten in all competitions, were on top, Newcastle improved in the latter stages.Colback had another shot off target while Oscar almost scored in the final seconds with a stunning overhead kick.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebook
“I played here before many years ago and I like this course. It’s straightforward, it’s honest, and if you hit the ball where you are supposed to, you can score.” He is currently filming the live action remake of the 1998 Japanese anime classic Kite in Johannesburg, but jumped at the chance to take a break from the set and get out on the golf course, even if he didn’t expect to play to his usual standard. And the popular Hollywood screen actor was all business when he pitched up at the Telkom PGA Championship Pro-Am on Tuesday, jumping at an invitation from Sunshine Tour executive director Selwyn Nathan to join the action at Country Club Johannesburg. “I had a great birdie streak from the sixth to the eighth, but it hardly mattered because Sam and Selwyn are chewing up the golf course,” the Queenstown golfer said. Jackson once stated that the golf course is the only place where he can “go dressed as a pimp and fit in perfectly”. His pink, candy-striped shorts and perky white and red beach hat ensemble perfectly complimented his playing partners – James Kamte in pink and lavender, Nathan in white from head to toe, and Nathan’s son Daniel, looking dapper in white and grey. ‘I played here before’ In addition to Kamte, the field for this week’s R3 750 000 Telkom PGA Championship includes world number 50 Richard Sterne, defending champion Keith Horne, three other former champions and more than 20 Sunshine Tour winners. “I never pass up on the chance to play golf, especially when I get to play at a top course like this,” he said. Samuel L Jackson has played the bad guy, the good guy, the bad cop, the good cop, drug addicts, action heroes and more recently, a slave. By his own admission, he’ll do almost anything to get a laugh, but one place Jackson will never play the fool is on the golf course. Source: Sunshine Tour True to form, he made a bee-line for the driving range as soon as he arrived. “Sam is very, very competitive,” said playing partner James Kamte. “A few years back, we scheduled a practice round together before the Alfred Dunhill Links. That day the wind was howling and it was pouring. Everyone else pulled out, but he was there with bells on.” A proficient golfer, who plays off a tidy six-handicap, Jackson didn’t waste any time contributing to his team’s score and, combined with former professional Nathan, the pair soon had Kamte playing some of his best golf this season. 13 March 2013 But none of them could match the presence of Jackson, who charmed everyone from caddies, to players, scorers and rules officials. “I’m just disappointed that they didn’t send me the R1 driver. It’s an adjustment, but I won’t say I know what Rory [McIlroy] is going through.” “These irons can fly, although I would attribute that to the altitude here, as opposed to my golfing ability. I can’t wait to give them a real test and find out what they play like at sea level when I get home. ‘Man, I love these Rocketballz’Jackson played the first in regulation, but carved his tee shot at the second into the right rough. A frisky six-iron saw him on the dance floor in two. “Man, I love these Rocketballz,” he gushed. One of Hollywood’s highest grossing stars, Jackson’s movie credits include such blockbusters as Jungle Fever, Pulp Fiction, Shaft and the recently critically acclaimed Django Unchained. ‘Perfect fourball“I might as well not be playing, but it does feel good to be making some long birdie putts again. This has been the perfect fourball to get me into fighting form for the tournament. With them being so competitive, they are forcing me to bring my A-game. I can’t have them outplaying me.” When it comes to chasing a bad guy on screen, the 64-year-old actor might let a stunt double take the punches, but when it comes to chasing after a little white ball, Jackson is a Jedi-powered golfing machine. “Just for the record, though, that tee shot went exactly where I intended it to go. The guys told me to take the short cut and Tiger line it to the green. They just didn’t realise I’m not Tiger.” “The people here in South Africa are great,” he said. “It looks like they enjoy seeing me there. I guess I’m a lot more recognisable than I thought,” he laughed. “I got the call from Selwyn and what can I say, here I am,” said Jackson, who has a special clause in all his film contracts that allows him time off to play golf. ‘Sam is very, very competitive’ “Actually, I don’t expect to do to well today,” he said. “I’ve been playing Titleist all my life, but I met these guys from Taylormade and they knew I was coming out here, so they set me up with these clubs. They take some getting use to. “When I’m playing golf, I like to look the part,” Jackson said. “I like to wear good tartan, or maybe a bright pink or yellow ’cause it helps people find me when I’m lost in the rough.”
Kwaito star and Play Your Part ambassador, Kabelo Mabalane, will be in the Northern Cape to unveil a new school library Shout SA had built. (Image: Shout SA)Play Your Part, the Brand South Africa campaign that promotes active citizenship, will be in the Northern Cape next week to open up a library in an underprivileged school.TT Lekalake Primary School in the village of Bathlaros near Kuruman will receive the library, which was built by non-governmental organisation Shout SA. The activation comes in time for the new school year. Play Your Part aims to motivate and inspire learners by creating excitement around reading and the importance of education.Shout SA was founded in 2007 by singer Danny K and kwaito star Kabelo Mabalane, both of whom will be in Kuruman for the library opening, to find ways of making the country safer for all. Now, the NGO is focusing on education for children.The new Shout SA song, Smile, encourages children to get educated, and particularly to read. The campaign, centred on the song, is looking to build up to 10 libraries in schools around the country. Funds for the libraries come from the online sales of the song. So far, the NGO has garnered enough money to build three school libraries.Watch the music video:Smile was written by Mi Casa, Mabalane and Danny K and produced by Danny K. It features a host of top local musicians, celebrities and influencers lending their talents to the track and accompanying music video.Brand South Africa has worked with Shout SA previously and the calibre of its artists has helped drive awareness of Play Your Part.The activation is part of Play Your Part’s second phase of its awareness campaign, which aims to bring the programme to the attention of all South Africans. The first phase was the television series, which ran on SABC 2 in 2014. Mabalane is a Play Your Part ambassador and hosted the series.ABOUT SHOUT SOUTH AFRICAShout SA is known for bringing South Africans together to play their part in moving the country forward since its launch in 2007. For the past eight years the organisation has been hard at work using the funds raised from its first two tracks, Shout and You’re the Voice, to help fight crime by donating to a variety of crime-focused NGOs and initiatives.Smile is available as a full track download. SMS the word “Smile” to 40388 to donate R20 to get the track.Take a look behind the scenes at the video shoot:For more information, visit the Shout SA website or visit Shout’s social media pages on Facebook and Twitter.Join Shout SA co-founder and Play Your Part ambassador Danny K @dannykmusic for a live Twitter chat about how we can all play our part to boost education in South Africa on Wednesday 27 January at 11am. #EducateSA #PlayYourPartAre you playing your part in transforming South Africa? If so, submit your story or video and let us know what you are doing to improve the country for all.