Scott Skiles, 31, who signed with the Philadelphia 76ers on Dec. 12 in hopes of bringing maturity and a stabilizing influence to a faltering backcourt, retired Friday night after just 10 games, saying “I’m not effective like I used to be. It’s hard for me to stomach. I could stick around and collect a paycheck, but I’m not going to do that.” … Patrick Ewing, who has been out since Dec. 28 with a sprained right ankle, did not practice with the New York Knicks. He is listed as day to day, and there is no clear indication whether he will be available for the game against Seattle on Sunday in New York.
At Maribor, Slovenia, Germany’s Martina Ertl used a strong second run to win her third World Cup giant slalom of the season and take the lead in the overall standings. … Jonny Moseley of Tiburon, Calif., led a historic 1-2-3 sweep by the United States men in a World Cup moguls event while ex-Olympic champion Donna Weinbrecht of Killington, Vt., overcame a sleepless night, stinging winds and sub-zero cold for the 38th victory of her career. … Connie Ryan, a second baseman for 12 years with the Boston Braves and four other teams, died of a heart attack Wednesday in Metairie, La. He was 75.