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LOS ANGELES -- Southern California wide receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster was upset. Spurs Jerseys China .After fighting with two defenders, he walked to the other side of the practice field with cornerback Adoree Jackson in pursuit. After Smith-Schuster and Jackson spoke for several minutes, Trojans coach Clay Helton and offensive coordinator Tee Martin eventually convinced Smith-Schuster to return, though he did not participate in any drills afterwards.It was not the conventional way to build team morale, but might have been exactly what the Trojans needed after being demolished 52-6 by No. 1 Alabama.We got a mad football team right now. Wish we could play today to be honest with you. It was ultra-competitive out here today, which is a good sign as a head coach, Helton said. Id rather have it like that than the other. Saturday cant get here quick enough for us.Smith-Schuster wasnt the only one mad about an offensive performance in which USC did not score a touchdown for the first time since 1997 and was held to just 194 yards of total offense. An offensive line that returned the second-most career starts in the FBS allowed three sacks and nine tackles for loss. As the Crimson Tide was able to create consistent pressure with only four rushers, the defense could double-team Smith-Schuster, who had one reception for nine yards.Sometimes that first game lets you know where you are and where the holes are and what you got to fix, and for us it was kind of a blessing in disguise, Martin said. No, you dont want to lose in that way, you dont want to perform the way that we did, but it put the mirror in our face as to some things we got to work on and get better at.When asked what USC needed to improve on, Martin replied a lot of things.More troubling than the physical gap between USC and the defending national champions was the lack of mental fortitude to match Alabama, running back Justin Davis said. After cornerback Marlon Humphrey returned an interception 18 yards late in the first half to give Alabama a 17-3 lead, there was no belief that USC could mount a comeback.It just died down after that one mistake. We cant have that going forward, Davis said. We let the name Alabama get in our heads and then it took off. `Oh well, theyre too good. They are about to win the national championship. Thats not the case, I didnt believe at least. We had the team to go out there and compete against them for four quarters.Utah State, which travels to the Coliseum on Saturday, has the belief it can compete with USC after a 17-14 loss in 2013, a sentiment that was reinforced by the Trojans meek performance against Alabama.I definitely feel that we have an opportunity to go in there and win, Aggies defensive end Rick Aliifua said. To be quite honest, this time Im coming for blood.The intensity of Tuesdays practice was a positive sign to Davis that USC is rediscovering a winning outlook, Smith-Schusters scuffle and all.Its just that we need to keep having that something in our belly, the desire to want to be great, Davis said. I think were starting off this week great with that.Game notes LB Osa Masina and DE Don Hill will not play against Utah State, Helton said. Masina and Hill are under investigation for sexual assault, but neither player has been arrested or charged. The university is allowing Masina and Hill to attend classes, practice and participate in team meetings, Helton said. Custom Spurs T-shirts . With Parker having a quiet game for once, Nicolas Batum and Boris Diaw provided the scoring as France won its first major basketball title by beating Lithuania 80-66 on Sunday. It was a victory that ended a decade of frustration for Parker and a talented French generation, which lost the final against Spain two years ago and took bronze in 2005. Custom Spurs Jerseys . Once again, DeLaet finished tied for second at a PGA Tour stop on the weekend, this time at the Waste Management Phoenix Open. The pride of Weyburn, Sask. .C. -- Glenn Howard needed an extra end to move into the Masters Grand Slam of Curling final. FLORHAM PARK, N.J. -- C.J. Spiller has one touchdown this season -- and it came against his current team.The speedy running back caught a pass from Russell Wilson while he was with the Seattle Seahawks in Week 4 and took it 8 yards for a score to help beat the New York Jets 27-17 .Just over a month later, Spiller is sharing a locker room with Ryan Fitzpatrick and the Jets, and theyve been sure to remind him of it.Ive been getting a lot of grief, Spiller said with a smile after his first practice with New York on Thursday. Fitzpatrick, he gave me grief and he said the least I can be is a plus-one now. So, I have to score, then score another one just to make up for that touchdown a couple of weeks ago.Spiller started the season with New Orleans, which released him on Sept. 13. He was signed by Seattle on Sept. 28 , and made his Seahawks debut against the Jets on Oct. 2.But he played in only two games with Seattle, gaining 9 yards on three carries and catching five passes for 43 yards and that lone TD. The Seahawks cut him last Wednesday and the Jets, who had worked him out earlier this season, signed him Thursday .Its been a crazy ride getting here, Spiller said.Spiller is also reunited with offensive coordinator Chan Gailey, who coached him during his best seasons in Buffalo. In 2012, Spiller ran for a career-high 1,244 yards and six touchdowns with the Bills, and also set a personal best with 43 receptions for 459 yards and two TDs. During that season, Spiller had TD runs of 56 and 49 yards in the opener against the Jets, and caught a 66-yard TD pass -- from Fitzpatrick -- in the season finale.I think he recalled a lot in the one day weve had him, Gailey said. I think he recalled a good bit of how we were talking, the verbiage that we use. So it makes him viable to be able to play quicker. Now whether or not thats this week, or not, I dont know.For now, the Jets envision him as the No. 3 running back who could potentially contribute as a returner.Hes a very versatile guy, Gailey said. He can run the ball, he can catch the ball out of the backfield, and he did all those kind of things for us. Well have to wait and see how it fits all together. But hes got ability. Obviously hes got ability or else he wouldnt be here.The 29-year-old Spiller, a 2010 first-round pick out of Cleemson, has rushed for 3,442 yards and 12 touchdowns, and caught 197 passes for 1,477 yards and nine TDs in seven seasons. Cheap Spurs Jerseys. But he has never been able to live up to or duplicate the numbers he put up four seasons ago.He broke his collarbone in 2014 and played in just nine games before signing a four-year, $18 million contract with the Saints the following offseason. Spiller played in 13 games with New Orleans, and a highlight was his 80-yard touchdown reception -- Drew Brees 400th career TD pass -- in a Week 4 overtime win against Dallas. But Spillers role diminished and he was passed on the depth chart, to the point he was inactive for this years opener and then released a few days later.There are a lot of variables, Spiller said. Going to New Orleans and having an injury, and trying to fight my way back and trying to play through that, and this year, they decided to go in a different direction.His stay in Seattle was short, and the one-time Pro Bowl selection was looking for his third team in a matter of weeks.I know Im a great player, he said. I know I can play in this league. My confidence is not down, so Im excited about the opportunity that I have here.Spiller joins a backfield that already includes Matt Forte and Bilal Powell, but thinks he can be a valuable addition to the Jets running game despite his subpar last few seasons.Its just believing in yourself when nobody else does, he said. My inner circle, they believe in me. My family believes in me. Most important, my daughter believes in me. Everybody else, thats just noise that I ignore and dont worry about what people put on their blogs or what people say on their newscasts or whatever. I block all that stuff out and prepare the best way I can to be the best player I can.Which means Spiller expects to play at a high level, the same type of playmaker who made the Pro Bowl in 2012.I really do, he said. The only thing you can really do is just go out there and work. I think my man Marshawn (Lynch) said it best: `Talk will never solve anything. Its just all about going out there and being about that action, boss.---AP NFL website: and ' ' ' 

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