AB de Villiers remains undecided about his Test future after missing South Africa’s series defeat in England.The 33-year-old batsman missed the tour because he “needed a bit of time away from the game”.The Proteas unsuccessfully tried three different batsmen at number four in their 3-1 loss to England.de Villiers’ agent told BBC Sport nothing has been decided, but South Africa captain Faf du Plessis said he does not expect him to return.du Plessis, who had de Villiers as his best man at his wedding, said: “We spend too much time talking about if he is going to come back.“We have to move past the hope of his coming back and find someone who is going to fulfil that role. If he comes back it’s a huge bonus, but I don’t expect it.”de Villiers, who has more than 8 000 Test runs at an average of 50.46, has not played a Test since January 2016.South Africa’s next assignment is a home series against Bangladesh, starting on September 28.(BBC Sport)
AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisALPENA, Mich. — If you’ve patronized M–Bank over the years, you may be familiar with Michael Mahler and his work in the community. Since his retirement at the bank, he’s stepped into a new role at the Alpena Area Chamber of Commerce. Mahler left his position as the executive vice president of M–Bank in June of 2019. He’s now serving economic development director for the area. When asked what brought him out of retirement, Mahler said,“I knew there was only like two things that would maybe interest me enough to come out of retirement and this happened to be one of those two things.”Mahler’s no stranger to the job. He’s worked closely with the previous economic development director while in his previous position. He says now that’s he’s taken the job, he has big plans for growth in the area.“Anything we can do to help spur economic investment in this community and job creation in this community, and not just in this community, but also outside of this community.”Some of the first things on his to–do list include occupying the John Henry building with retailers and apartments, and developing the empty space downtown where an alpena power building was once situated, to name a few. Overall, he looks forward to what the job has in store.“There’ll be no shortage of effort expended to try to get these things to move forward.”AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThis Tags: Alpena Area Chamber of Commerce, alpena chamber of commerce, Chamber of Commerce, Michael Mahler, Mike MahlerContinue ReadingPrevious How to become a keeper for the Tawas Point LighthouseNext Sixty Second Inspiration winners to be honored this Friday
AUBREY BRUCE AND BUFFALO BILLS GM DOUG WHALEY AT NUNN FUNERAL (Photos by Thomas Sabol)(This is the 3rd installment of a 5 part series on the Pittsburgh Steelers and Bill Nunn Jr. from the upcoming book “Portrait of Eternity; The Life and Journey of Bill Nunn Jr.,” by Aubrey Bruce.)“In The Sweet Bye and Bye”It hit me like a ton of bricks. This would be the final time that the body of Bill Nunn Jr. would rest where the sunlight could adorn his physical being, alive or deceased. This would be his last worship service as part of the congregation of Grace Presbyterian Church.The sanctuary adorned “sugartop” almost like a 6 feet tall crystal angel sitting atop a 60 feet tall Christmas tree. In case that there may be a few of you who aren’t aware, the name ‘sugartop” is the nickname for the area located in Pittsburgh named Schenley Heights, where the church is located.The neighborhood remains a bastion for most of the “old money” made over the past 100 years by the elite African-American families that reside there. It was an overcast day with the threat of rain looming when my friend and I, photographer Thomas Sabol (no not the NFL Sabols) arrived at the church. I had suggested to Tom that we get there no later than 9:30 a.m. because the service was scheduled to begin at 11a.m. and if we turn up any later than 90 minutes before the memorial began chances were that we would have to park and walk a significant distance to and from the church.