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LAS VEGAS, Nev. - Light-heavyweight champion Jon (Bones) Jones and challenger Daniel (DC) Cormier got in each others grill and exchanged words but avoided blows Thursday in the leadup to UFC 182.That was an improvement from an August photo-op when the two fighters went after each other and tumbled off a temporary stage in the lobby of the MGM Grand. One security official broke a rib in the brouhaha which led to fines and community service for both fighters.The two rivals were more civil at a staredown this time in a ballroom at the same hotel, but only just.Jones (20-1) and Cormier (15-0) were almost nose-to nose, prompting UFC president Dana White to put his arm between the two to separate them.The fighters exchanged words, with Jones seemingly leading the way. But nothing came of it and White then left the two as they posed shoulder to shoulder before the cameras.The two stood apart but then started closing the gap and jawing again, prompting White to hastily step in as fans chanted DC.According to White, Jones turned up the heat Thursday by telling Cormier he was going to (expletive) him up so bad.And he said Youre delusional if you think youre going to win this fight, added White, whose recollection of the exchange included an F-bomb. Then it was on.Leaving the two by themselves was not such a good idea, White acknowledged.It was a rookie move, he said. But its very rare you cant leave two guys shoulder to shoulder to do the last (pose).White said when he got back to the fighters, Cormier was saying Touch me, just touch me once, adding in his own F-bomb.White said the true test of self-control will come Friday when the two face off again, this time before a larger crowd at the weigh-in.This close to the fight, the mental part, the mind games that these guys play with each other is just as important as everything else. And especially Friday, Fridays the big day. The weigh-in and the stare-off on Friday — today was nothing compared to whats going to happen on Friday. White said there wont be any extra security at the weigh-in. He will just be vigilant on stepping in between the two as needed.My job is to make sure they do not fight before the fight, said White, who was not at the August event that turned into a brawl.The two fighters have been at odds since their first meeting when Cormier, ranked second among 205-pound contenders, said Jones disrespected him. Jones disputed that view of events, saying Cormier took a joke the wrong way. Still Jones has not shied away from engaging in the war of words, in person and via social media since the matchup was announced in July.Originally slated for UFC 178 in September, the fight was pushed back when Jones injured his knee in training.The MGM Grand Garden Arena has yet to sell out although White expects it will score big among fight fans, predicting there will be 750,000 pay-per-view buys.A lot of people are talking about this fight. Theres a lot of buzz and energy for it, said White. Were due for one of these because we had a rough year last year. 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About seven hours before facing Washington in Game 2 of the Eastern Conference second round series, team officials said the oft-injured Bynum would miss the rest of the playoffs and would not even be with the team for the rest of the post-season. Charles Barkley Jersey .Y. - Brooklyn Nets centre Brook Lopez has a strained lower back and will miss at least a week.BOSTON -- Michael Pineda says he was just trying to get a better grip on the ball. Now, he wont need one for a while. A day after being caught using pine tar on the mound, the New York Yankees pitcher was suspended for 10 games by the commissioners office on Thursday. Pineda said he wont appeal, costing him two starts before he can return May 5 at the Los Angeles Angels. "I accept it," Pineda said before Thursday nights game at Fenway Park. "I know I made a mistake." Pineda was ejected in the second inning of New Yorks 5-1 loss to Boston after umpires found the pine tar on the right side of the right-handers neck. After the game, Pineda admitted that he used the pine tar to help him grip the ball on a cool, windy night. "I feel so bad," he said Thursday. Pineda said he had never used pine tar before this season. He spent his first season in the majors with the Seattle Mariners in 2011, then missed the last two with the Yankees following right shoulder surgery. "I think he understood" the seriousness of his action, said Yankees manager Joe Girardi, who expected a suspension of about 10 games, "but I think he got caught up in the moment of competing and it got the best of him." Girardi indicated David Phelps would take Pinedas turn in the rotation. Phelps came into the game with two outs in the second after Pineda was ejected. The ejection set off a debate in the baseball world about pitchers who try pine tar, and whether it should be allowed in certain circumstances. Many former aces said they had done it, albeit in a more discreet manner. "Ive seen a lot of things in my career, so Im not blind to it" being viewed as part of baseball, said Girardi, a former catcher in his seventh year as Yankees manager. Rule 8.02(b) prohibits pitchers from altering the ball to gain an unfair advantage, and forbids them from having a foreign substance on them or in their possession on the mound. "I wouldnt be against coming up with an idea" to modify the rule so pitchers could get a better grip on the ball in cold weather, Girardi said. "It would be a great time for someone to start looking at" finding one substtance pitchers would be allowed to use.dddddddddddd. Pineda wasnt seen with the pine tar in the first inning, when the Red Sox roughed him up. Boston manager John Farrell asked plate umpire Gerry Davis to check Pineda after two fast outs the next inning. "I felt like it was a necessity to say something," Farrell said. "You know, I fully respect on a cold night youre trying to get a little bit of a grip. But when its that obvious, something has got to be said." Davis went to the mound, touched Pinedas neck and ejected him. Pineda said no one told him to use it, that he did it "by myself." Earlier this month, Pineda pitched well in a 4-1 win over the Red Sox at Yankee Stadium. Television cameras showed a substance on his hand in the fourth inning -- Pineda said it was dirt, not pine tar. His hand was clean in the fifth and Farrell didnt ask for him to be checked. Pineda said he didnt use pine tar in a start against the Chicago Cubs, in between his Red Sox outings. Among other suspensions of pitchers for pine tar in the past decade, Tampa Bays Joel Peralta was penalized eight games in 2012, the Angels Brendan Donnelly 10 days in 2005 and St. Louis Julian Tavarez 10 days in 2004. The suspensions of Donnelly and Tavarez were cut to eight days after they asked the players association to appeal, and Peralta dropped his challenge with no reduction. Pineda said Thursday he didnt feel the ball well in the first inning when he allowed two runs on four hits. And he said he wanted to be careful not to hit any batters. "I know its pine tar, but the pine tar did not help me" throw harder, he said. "It helped me for feel, (get) a better grip." Red Sox catcher A.J. Pierzynski understood why Pineda used the pine tar. "I dont have a problem with guys that do it," he said. "I know as a hitter, I want to get in there and know the guy has a grip. "Put it on your hat, put it on your pants, your belt, put it on your glove, whatever you have to do. You just cant do it that blatantly. That was what the biggest issue was. No one has an issue with him doing it. Its just more of the fact that its so blatant." 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