Which bowler took the most wickets in his last Test? asked Partha Pratim Pal from India The best match figures by a bowler in what turned out to be his last Test are 14 for 144 - 7 for 56 and 7 for 88 - by the legendary England medium-pacer Sydney Barnes, against South Africa in Durban in 1913-14. Two others took 13 in their last match: left-armer John Ferris claimed 13 for 91 in his only Test for England (after eight for Australia), against South Africa in Cape Town in 1891-92, while legspinner Clarrie Grimmett bagged 13 for 173 for Australia against South Africa in Durban in 1935-36. Charles Father Marriott, another legspinner, took 11 for 96 in his only Test, for England against West Indies at The Oval in 1933. In all, there are nine bowlers who have taken ten or more wickets in what turned out to be their final Test, excluding R Ashwin, Rangana Herath and Devendra Bishoo, who are on the list as I write but will presumably play again (but not Pragyan Ojha, who hasnt appeared for three years now).What is the highest score by a batsman carrying his bat in an ODI? asked Craig Manuel from South Africa There have been only ten genuine instances of an opener carrying his bat through a completed one-day international innings. The highest score among them remains 125 not out, by Nick Knight in Englands all-out total of 246 against Pakistan at Trent Bridge in 1996. Three other openers reached three figures: Saeed Anwar made 103 in Pakistans 219 against Zimbabwe in Harare in 1994-95, Damien Martyn 116 of Australias 191 v New Zealand in Auckland in 1999-2000, and Alec Stewart a round 100 in Englands 192 against West Indies at Trent Bridge in 2000. For it to be classified as carrying the bat, all the other wickets have to go down (apart from cases of injury). This occasionally leads to confusion, as it doesnt count if an opener bats through an innings in which all the wickets dont fall. The highest such score is Martin Guptills 237 not out - in New Zealands 50-over total of 393 for 6 - against West Indies in Wellington during the 2015 World Cup.Azhar Ali made 302 in the first innings in Dubai, and 2 in the second. Is this the biggest difference between two scores in the same Test? asked Rajiv Radhakrishnan from England The biggest difference between two individual scores in the same match is actually 320, by Hanif Mohammad - he made 17 in the first innings against West Indies in Bridgetown in 1957-58, then amassed 337 in a famous rearguard as Pakistan followed on. Theres one other instance higher than Azhar Alis difference of 300 against West Indies in Dubai. In the Ashes Test at Old Trafford in 1964, Australias captain Bob Simpson made 311 in the first innings, and 4 not out in the second.Devendra Bishoo took 8 for 49 against Pakistan in Dubai. Was this the cheapest eight-for in Tests? asked Allan Alexander from the United States While the West Indian legspinner Devendra Bishoos performance for West Indies against Pakistan in Dubai was a remarkable one, it comes in only 21st on the list of the cheapest hauls of eight or more wickets in Tests. In 1895-96, the England opening bowler George Lohmann took 9 for 28 against South Africa in Johannesburg, while Jim Laker claimed 9 for 37 in the first innings against Australia at Old Trafford in 1956 (and 10 for 53 in the second). Lohmann also has the cheapest eight-for - he claimed 8 for 7 as South Africa were blown away for 30 in the previous Test, in Port Elizabeth, and finished that three-match series in 1895-96 with 35 wickets at 5.80.Pakistans 579 for 3 in Dubai had only one three-figure score, in Azhar Alis unbeaten 302. Was this the highest Test score with only one individual centurion? asked Ali Asif from Pakistan Rather surprisingly perhaps, there have been 24 higher totals with just one three-figure score in Tests than Pakistans 579 for 3 declared against West Indies in Dubai. The highest of all was by West Indies when they made 687 for 8 declared against England at The Oval in 1976, Viv Richards made 291, but the next-best was Clive Lloyds 84. The highest total to include a single century (rather than a 200 or 300) is Indias 664 against England at The Oval in 2007. 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I write to you as a man who is completely at peace with himself.NBA Commissioner Adam Silver called Allen an extraordinary player.On behalf of the NBA family, I want to thank him for being a wonderful ambassador for the game, Silver said.Allen entertained thoughts about a comeback over the last two years and had plenty of opportunities from title-contending teams. But nothing ever lured him back, although the door always remained a tiny bit open -- until now.Basketball will take you far away from that school yard, Allen wrote. You will become far more than just a basketball player. Youll get to act in movies. Youll travel the world. You will become a husband, and the father of five amazing children.Allen starred in the 1998 Spike Lee film He Got Game. 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Chris Bosh got an offensive rebound and passed to Allen, who was backtracking toward the corner.Allen, without even needing to look down to ensure that he was behind the line, elevated over Tony Parker and connected to tie the game -- even as arena workers kneeled around the court, holding the rope that they presumed they would soon be called upon to cordon things off for the Spurs championship celebration.On his way back to the bench to prepare for overtime, Allen gestured to those workers, shouting to put the rope away.Its going to be a shot that Im going to remember for a long time, Allen said that night. Theres a lot of shots that Ive made in my career, but this will go high up in the ranks.---AP Basketball Writer Jon Krawczynski in Minneapolis contributed to this story. ' ' '