NEW YORK — Robin Thicke and Paula Patton are calling it quits.
A representative for the actress confirmed Monday that the couple are ending their 9-year marriage.
Thicke, 36, and Patton, 38, met when they were teenagers. They had a son, Julian Fuego Thicke, in 2010.
Thicke had a breakthrough last year with the international hit "Blurred Lines," which was nominated for several Grammy Awards. Patton has appeared in the films "Mission: Impossible — Ghost Protocol," ''Idlewild," and "Precious."
Patton has also appeared in Thicke's music videos, including "Lost Without U" and "Love After War." She was the inspiration behind most of his music, and she appeared on the cover of his 2003 debut, "A Beautiful World."
Their separation was first reported on People magazine's website. -- (AP)
CLEARWATER, Fla. — Retirement is not keeping Roy Halladay away from baseball.
Halladay is a guest instructor with the Philadelphia Phillies for a few weeks this spring.
"I love being here," the two-time Cy Young Award winner said. "I definitely want to keep doing it."
Halladay sounds as if he'd like to parlay his spring tutor work into a second career as a coach down the road. The 36-year-old Halladay spent the final four seasons of his career with the Phillies, following a successful run with Toronto.
"I think maybe this first year (after playing), I want to make sure that I get to spend the time that I want with my boys and my wife, and that's my priority," said Halladay, who retired from a 16-year playing career in December. "Once I see how things work, yeah, I'd love to continue to do it and if I have more time, do more. I'll always continue doing it. It's just a matter of starting to figure out how much I can do. Once the kids are (grown up), maybe it's something to do full time."
Halladay spent the final four seasons of his career with the Phillies, following a remarkable run in Toronto.
In 2000, his second full season in the big leagues, Halladay went 4-7 with a 10.64 ERA in 19 games. At the time, it was the highest ERA for any pitcher with at least 10 starts in a season in major league history.
Halladay rebuilt his career when he was sent to A-ball a year later.
He went 135-62 with a 3.13 ERA from 2001-09 with the Blue Jays, racking up 14 shutouts and 47 complete games. He won the American League Cy Young Award in 2003.
Halladay's dominance continued in his first two seasons in Philadelphia, going 40-16 with a 2.40 ERA, five shutouts and 17 complete games. He won the National League Cy Young Award in 2010, when he threw a perfect game in May and became just the second pitcher in baseball history to throw a postseason no-hitter in October.
The final two seasons of Halladay's career were beset with injuries: he had a 5.15 ERA in 38 starts, made two lengthy stays on the disabled list and required shoulder surgery last May.
Despite the ultra-competitive nature that defined his career, and the fact that he never had the chance to pitch in a World Series, Halladay will not be making a comeback attempt.
"For me it was a long decision - it wasn't something that happened overnight," Halladay said. "It was the right decision for me. I felt it was the best option and the only option. I still feel good about it."
Halladay has sat in on coaches meetings this month with the Phillies. He's also consulted with first-year pitching coach Bob McClure about his own observations and he's enjoyed lengthy, one-on-one conversations with several pitchers in camp, including top prospect Jesse Biddle.
"He's a Hall of Famer," the 22-year-old Biddle. "He's unbelievable. . There are a lot of things you want to learn from a guy like that."
Halladay is content with retirement. He's enjoying time with his family, coaching his sons' baseball and basketball teams. But since his family home is only a short drive from Clearwater, he's happy to help his former team, too.
"Anything they want to talk about," Halladay said. "We've talked mechanics, mental stuff, pitch selection. We've really kind of covered the gambit. I enjoy talking pitching and talking baseball. And I don't have all the answers. I don't claim to, but I'm more than happy to share my beliefs." -- (AP)
CLEARWATER, Fla. — Bobby Abreu is certain he still has a lot to offer a major league team — even if he's a few weeks shy of 40.
Abreu is getting a chance to prove himself as a non-roster player with the Philadelphia Phillies. He was out of the big leagues last season after hitting .242 in 100 games with the Los Angeles Dodgers and Angels in 2012.
Abreu began his comeback this offseason by playing winter ball in his native Venezuela.
"I know I'm not the same when I was 25, 26. but I'm still fine," said Abreu, a two-time All-Star with the Phillies. "I can still hit, I can still steal bases, run the bases pretty good. I feel fine."
With less than a week to go before exhibition games begin in Clearwater, Abreu is viewed as a favorite to make the Phillies opening-day roster as the team's top left-handed reserve. The Phillies' camp is crowded with bench hopefuls but, most of the returning reserves hit from the right side: Kevin Frandsen, John Mayberry Jr. and Darin Ruf.
"A left-handed bat is necessary and needed there," Philadelphia manager Ryne Sandberg said.
If Abreu's second stint with the Phillies is even remotely close to his first, he should have a shot to stick around for the regular season despite being the oldest player in camp.
Although he broke into the big leagues with Houston in 1996, Abreu became an everyday player for the first time as a major leaguer with the Phillies in 1998. And he hit .303 with 195 home runs, 348 doubles, 814 RBIs and 254 stolen bases in nine seasons with the Phillies. Abreu's .416 on-base percentage ranks fourth best in Phillies history.
The Phillies traded him to the New York Yankees in July 2006. In 17 big league seasons he has a .292 average, .396 on-base percentage, 287 homers and 1,349 hits.
Abreu is back in his customary No.53 jersey and wearing a permanent smile as he goes through spring drills and batting practice with former teammates, including Jimmy Rollins, Chase Utley and Marlon Byrd.
"Believe me, I'm going to enjoy it the way I used to enjoy it when I was younger," Abreu said. "I'm going to enjoy this like — you don't have any idea."
Abreu didn't receive enough interest two winters ago and decided to go back to Venezuela. He began to think about returning to the big leagues last June and found a place to revive his career with Leones del Caracas of the Venezuelan Winter League in October.
Abreu hit .322 with a .416 OBP in 50 games. He hit eight home runs in 15 postseason games with the team this winter.
The Phillies have a starting outfield set with All-Star Domonic Brown in left field, Ben Revere in center and free agent acquisition Marlon Byrd in right. Abreu is simply hoping to play himself into a position to break camp with the team and find playing time along the way in 2014.
"I just love this game," Abreu said. "I feel that I can still play this game. Whenever I see myself not feel the same, I will sit down and look. ... But right now, I still have a little more in the tank. So (I have to) go out there and show (it), because spring training is the best time you can show that you can still play the game."
Note: The Phillies will join the Atlanta Braves to honor Jim Fregosi, who died away last week at the age of 71, on March 5 before the spring training game at Bright House Field in Clearwater. Fregosi played for four major league teams and managed four, including the Phillies (1991-96). He also had been an assistant to the general manager of the Braves the past 13 seasons. -- (AP)
BRYN MAWR, Pa. — The Postal Service will issue a stamp honoring the head instructor for the Tuskegee Airmen, the first Black military pilots who fought in World War II.
The postage commemorating Charles Alfred Anderson will be unveiled March 13 at a ceremony in Bryn Mawr, the Philadelphia suburb where he grew up.
In 1932, Anderson became the first African American to earn a commercial pilot's license. He went on to teach aviation at the Tuskegee Institute in Alabama.
The 70-cent stamp notes Anderson's affectionate nickname of "Chief," which is what students called him.
Anderson died in 1996 at the age of 89. He was inducted into the National Aviation Hall of Fame last year. -- (AP)
OXFORD, Miss. — The University of Mississippi wants to question three white students in connection with the vandalism of the statue of James Meredith, who in 1962 became the first Black student to enroll in the then all-white university.
But attorneys for the three students aren't allowing them to be questioned without arrest warrants. The three have not been identified.
Police on Sunday found a noose tied around the neck of the statue, along with an old Georgia flag with a Confederate battle emblem in its design. The design has since been updated to exclude the emblem.
University spokesman Danny Blanton said Friday the school's findings have been turned over to the district attorney's office. Blanton said the university will also proceed with internal disciplinary action through a judicial panel that consists of both faculty and students.
District Attorney Ben Creekmore did not immediately respond to a message left by The Associated Press. However, he told WMC-TV in Memphis that criminal charges would be difficult.
Creekmore said investigators and prosecutors have looked into several misdemeanors as possible charges, but he said criminal charges were unlikely by his office because the statue was not physically damaged, and the suspects did not appear to be trespassing.
He said federal investigators could opt to bring charges if they saw fit. Creekmore said if new information comes to light, his office could revisit the issue.
FBI spokeswoman Deborah Madden said the agency is continuing to assist in the investigation.
The Ole Miss Alumni Association is offering at $25,000 reward for information leading to an arrest. University Police Department Chief Calvin Sellers said the reward offer gave police some good leads in the case.
When Meredith tried to enter Ole Miss in fall 1962, Mississippi's governor tried to stop him. That led to violence on the Oxford campus.
U.S. Attorney General Robert Kennedy sent 500 U.S. marshals to take control and days later, Meredith was allowed in the school. Though he faced harassment during his time at the school, he graduated with a degree in political science. -- (AP)