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Jeff Sessions: Moderate Republicans should ‘toughen up’ on Trump impeachment

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Former Attorney General Jeff Sessions said moderate Republican senators should “toughen up” and not waver in deciding whether or not to defend President Trump in the Senate impeachment trial.

Sessions, who served many years in the U.S. Senate representing Alabama and is now seeking to regain his old seat currently held by Sen. Doug Jones, told Laura Ingraham on Wednesday that moderates should realize the Democrats have no real impeachment case and are instead abusing their own congressional powers.

“It’s time for them to toughen up,” he said, after Ingraham mentioned Sens. Mitt Romney of Utah, Susan Collins of Maine and Lisa Murkowski of Alaska.

“There is not an impeachment case. This is a terrible, terrible abuse of the awesome impeachment power, and the first time this has ever happened in our history, and it should not be done, and so the Republicans need to think clearly. They need to call it what it is, an abuse of the process.”

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Ingraham added that she hopes moderate Democrats Joe Manchin III of West Virginia and Alabama’s Jones consider siding with the Republican majority.

Sessions added that, should the Senate decide to permit calling witnesses, Hunter Biden should be near the top of Republicans’ list.

“Absolutely,” he said of the 49-year-old son of former Vice President Joe Biden.

“If we go to witnesses, he is absolutely relevant to the president’s concern that something may have been covered up when the prosecutor in Ukraine that was investigating this company (Burisma Holdings) was removed,” Sessions said, speaking with “The Ingraham Angle” from Birmingham.

He added that Democrats should also be allowed to call witnesses if the Republican Senate majority decides to call their own.

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Turning to the race to regain his Senate seat this November — in which he faces a primary against a handful of Republicans including the Gulf Coast’s Rep. Bradley Byrne and former Auburn University football coach Tommy Tuberville — Sessions said it does not matter which way Jones votes on impeachment.

Ingraham asked Sessions whether Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer, D-N.Y., might allow Jones to vote with the GOP if the writing is on the wall that the vote will fail — noting the fact Alabama is heavily Republican.

“That’s exactly the way [Schumer] thinks,” Sessions replied.

He said Jones already has a record of supporting Trump’s impeachment in the first place that could somewhat negate a ‘nay’ vote.

“I think he has made clear what side he is on,” he added.

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On trial eve, Alabama man cleared of wife’s murder 30 years ago after another man confesses

An Alabama man won’t face trial for his wife’s cold case murder nearly 30 years ago, this after another man confessed on the eve of the trial.

Prosecutors had been preparing to try Carl Harris Jr., of Ozark, for his wife’s 1990 killing for more than three years. The trial was set to start Monday. Harris turned 55 that day.

But the case unraveled Sunday with 54-year-old ex-con Jeff Beasley’s admission that he killed Harris’ wife — not Harris, the Dothan Eagle reported.

The paper described Beasley’s arrest and the dismissal of the case against Harris as a stunning turn of events.

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Dale County District Attorney Kirk Adams speaks about dropping murder charges against Carl Harris Jr. for the 1990 death of his wife during a news conference at Ozark City Hall, Ala., Monday, Jan. 13, 2020. Also shown are Jordan Davis, from right, Michael Bryant and Jimmy Culbreth. (Jay Hare/Dothan Eagle via AP)

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Tracy Harris showed signs of strangulation when police pulled her out of the Choctawhatchee River. She had vanished a week earlier.

It wasn’t until 2016 that prosecutors charged Harris after he moved to South Carolina, according to the paper.

Beasley, who served a 15-year sentence in prison for a 1991 burglary conviction, knew details of the murder that had never been made public, according to reports.

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“The new evidence was information that had never been shared before,” Ozark Police Chief Marlos Walker said, according to ABC News. “The suspect gave details about the crime that only the killer would know.”

He confessed after his ex-wife spoke to police and prosecutors for the first time since the murder, the Eagle reported.

The trial prosecutor was reviewing the ex-wife’s witness statement and noticed she had provided “very important information” that apparently hadn’t been pursued for three decades, according to the Eagle.

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The paper quoted Harris’ attorney David Harrison as saying that police hadn’t done anything to investigate a new suspect until after Harrison filed a motion Friday pointing the finger at another person for the murder.

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Storms in South blamed for 7 deaths, including 3 in Alabama from tornado

Powerful storms in parts of the South were being blamed for seven deaths, according to reports Saturday.

Alabama officials reported that three people were killed in a tornado in Pickens County.

Earlier Saturday, firefighters in Bossier Parish, La., sifted through a trailer demolished by strong winds and found the bodies of an elderly couple.

The winds were so potent that the home moved 200 feet from its foundation, officials said.

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This photo provided by Bossier Parish Sheriff’s Office shows damage from Friday nights severe weather, including the home of an elderly in Bossier Parish, La., on Saturday, Jan. 11, 2020. (Lt. Bill Davis/Bossier Parish Sheriff’s Office via AP)

TORNADOES HIT MISSOURI, OKLAHOMA, AS SEVERE STORMS MOVE EAST

A third person was reported killed in Louisiana. In Caddo Parish, Raymond Holden, 75, was sleeping when a tree fell on his home, crushing him.

“Our prayers are with their families and everyone in harm’s way,” Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards tweeted after the deaths were reported.

“Please stay safe and monitor local media as this severe weather will continue to impact Louisiana for several hours,” he added.

In Mississippi, straight-line wind reportedly knocked at least 30 train cars off the tracks in Tallahatchie County.

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This photo provided by Bossier Parish Sheriff’s Office shows damage from Friday nights severe weather, including the home of an elderly in Bossier Parish, La., on Saturday, Jan. 11, 2020. (Lt. Bill Davis/Bossier Parish Sheriff’s Office via AP)

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Bossier Parish Sheriff Julian Whittington told The Associated Press that a truck driver and a Benton police officer had a close call after being shocked by a downed power line.

“A power line was hanging across the road and an eighteen-wheeler truck ran into it and got hung up in it and the Benton officer got there to help him,” Whittington said. Both were expected to survive.

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This photo provided by Bossier Parish Sheriff’s Office shows damage from Friday nights severe weather, including the home of an elderly in Bossier Parish, La., on Saturday, Jan. 11, 2020. (Lt. Bill Davis/Bossier Parish Sheriff’s Office via AP)

One person died in Texas Friday night when a car flipped into a creek in Dallas.

Two houses burst into flames in the North Texas cities of Burelson and Mansfield as storms passed through the area.

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Storm damage to homes was also reported Friday in Missouri, Oklahoma and Arkansas, but no deaths or injuries were reported there.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Georgia grave marker leads to Jane Doe’s identification after murder 38 years ago

A Georgia man went to prison for her murder, but for more than 38 years investigators didn’t know who she was — until now.

Shirlene “Cheryl” Hammack was murdered on Halloween in 1981 in Quitman, Ga., and buried in a shallow grave in a cornfield. She remained an unidentified Jane Doe until a woman snapped a photo of her grave marker on the 37th anniversary of the murder and posted it on Facebook, according to reports.

Along with the words, “known only to God” the grave marker was inscribed with a composite sketch from the murder investigation, WTXL-TV reported.

Kayla Bishop saw the Facebook post and then told investigators she recognized the image as that of her childhood friend Hammack, who had disappeared after joining a traveling fair, the station reported.

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Shirlene “Cheryl” Hammack has been identified more than 38 years after she was found dead in a Georgia cornfield. (Georgia Bureau of Investigation)

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The body was exhumed and DNA from Hammack’s mother confirmed the match.

The Georgia Bureau of Investigation (GBI) announced the identification Thursday.

“It was difficult growing up,” Hammack’s sister Johnnie Hammack-Hay told the station. “Not knowing if she was safe or if she was being taken care of. A lot of worrying. A lot of looking. We searched and searched and we just had no answers.”

GBI investigator Jamy Steinberg told the station the conviction of George Newsome for Hammack’s murder made this case different.

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Newsome was also part of the traveling fair and admitted to strangling and stabbing Hammock during an argument over another man.

He was arrested shortly after the murder but initially refused to admit anything. Investigators tied him to the murder after finding rope used to strangle Hammack in a motor home he had stolen, GBI said.

He was more forthcoming after his capture in Alabama, where he wound up after escaping from jail and spending two years on the lam. Sentenced to life in prison, he died of natural causes behind bars in 1988 when he was 58.

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Newsome went to his grave without ever revealing Hammack’s identity to investigators, either because he wouldn’t say or because he didn’t know, GBI said.

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Sen. Doug Jones: I’ll ‘probably’ vote against McConnell’s impeachment trial setup if it lacks witnesses

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Sen. Doug Jones, D-Ala., told Fox News Friday that he will likely vote against any plan by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., to adjudicate President Trump’s impeachment trial without subpoenaing additional witnesses.

Jones told “Special Report” host Bret Baier that it is imperative for the Senate to call witnesses that may have “first-hand” information about the context of the impeachment articles.

“I’m going to vote for witnesses. I think we need to have witnesses,” he said. “I think there are documents that are out there that haven’t been seen to test some of the witnesses that we have heard as well as those that I would like to see called. So I’m going to vote for witnesses. If there is a plan that goes forward that doesn’t have that on the front end, I will probably vote against that.”

He added that once the trial rules are determined, senators will have a second opportunity to vote on calling witnesses. Jones told Baier he will similarly vote in favor of testimony.

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Baier asked Jones if his stance could cause him political problems, as Jones is widely seen as the most endangered Democratic senator up for reelection in November. The anchor noted Trump won Alabama by a wide margin in 2016 and the state’s other senator, Richard Shelby, is a Republican like the president.

Jones said he isn’t looking at impeachment through a “partisan lens” or taking a stand for political opportunism. He disagreed with the sentiment that he must choose between pleasing his caucus’ leader, Sen. Charles Schumer, D-N.Y., or Alabamans that opposes Trump’s impeachment.

His guide, Jones said, is his oath of office:

“I want to make sure to examine all the evidence we have in front of us and vote in a way that I think is consistent with my obligations as a senator,” he said.

Regarding the three-week impeachment stalemate caused by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., holding onto the impeachment articles, Jones remarked the outcry on the right was “much ado about nothing.”

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He said it took a similar amount of time for the House to pass articles to the Senate during the impeachment of President Clinton.

Turning to the topic of Trump’s airstrike that killed Iranian Gen. Qassem Soleimani, Jones said he is happy that the infamous terrorist is dead, but took issue with the president failing to inform Congress in adherence to the War Powers Act of 1973.

“It’s about whether or not Congress ought to be able to have its constitutional role — that is to be involved in any military escalation,” he said. “It does not mean the president cannot take unilateral action to protect American interests in a defensive mode. But what it means [is] before we escalate with military action, he should come to Congress, for that’s what the Constitution requires.”

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Kaepernick, ‘Squad’ members targeted in ad by Alabama Republican looking to defeat Sessions, Jones for Senate seat

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Outspoken ex-NFL player Colin Kaepernick and  Rep. Ilhan Omar, D-Minn. and other far-left “Squad” members all repeatedly make a mockery of veterans and are tearing the U.S. apart.

That’s according to U.S. Rep. Bradley Byrne, an Alabama Republican who’s hoping to unseat Democratic incumbent U.S. Sen. Doug Jones come November.

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Byrne also makes his message personal in a new campaign ad released Monday by referencing his brother Dale Byrne, an Army veteran who died in 2013 of a heart attack following a lengthy respiratory illness that family members claim he contracted while deployed in the Middle East.

“When the towers fell, I knew my brother would be going to war. Dale was a true patriot. I can’t bring him back. I miss him every day,” Bradley Byrne tells the camera while seated in front of a campfire outside his family’s farmhouse in north Baldwin County where he and his brother grew up.

“It hurts me to hear Ilhan Omar cheapening 9/11. Entitled athletes dishonoring our flag. The Squad attacking America,” he continues while images of Kaepernick, Omar and Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., Rashida Tlaib, D-Mich., and Ayanna Pressley, D-Mass., flash over the campfire flames.

“It hurts me to hear Ilhan Omar cheapening 9/11. Entitled athletes dishonoring our flag. The Squad attacking America.”

— U.S. Rep. Bradley Byrne, candidate for U.S. Senate seat

“Dale fought for that right,” a visibly emotional Byrne says, “but I will not let them tear our country apart.”

“That’s why I’m running for U.S. Senate,” he concludes.

Kaepernick previously faced a wave of backlash after he claimed to protest systemic racism by kneeling during the national anthem before NFL games before completed his contract with the San Francisco 49ers.

Meanwhile, the four members of the Democratic “Squad” of freshman congresswomen frequently clash with President Trump, as well as their own party’s establishment, making headlines last year for a war of words with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi who spoke of them in dismissive terms. Ocasio-Cortez and Tlaib recently drew criticism from veterans and others after accusing President Trump of committing “war crimes” for ordering the drone strike that killed Iranian Gen. Qassem Soleimani and other military officials last week.

Byrne will compete against former U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions and five others for the GOP nomination in this year’s Senate race. They’re all vying to take on Jones — who is considered the most endangered Democrat in the U.S. Senate because he represents a usually reliably red state.

Jones defeated Republican Roy Moore in a 2017 special election to fill the Senate vacancy created when Sessions joined the Trump administration. He’s the first Democrat to represent Alabama in the Senate since 1997.

In a December interview, Jones brushed off concerns that a vote to remove President Trump from office would doom his chances of reelection in 2020.

The GOP primary in Alabama is scheduled for March 3, AL.com reported.

Fox News’ Andrew O’Reilly and Ronn Blitzer contributed to this report.

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Alabama man caught with meth, heroin asks for photo with arresting deputies

An Alabama man who was found to be in possession of meth and heroin during his arrest on Saturday had an unusual request for the arresting officers: to take a photo with them.

Heath Swafford, 24, was arrested by deputies with the Morgan County Sheriff’s Office (MCSO) after a foot chase on Lower Dry Creek Road in the Lacey Springs community, according to a statement from the sheriff’s office.

“In an unusual turn, Swafford requested a photo with the arresting deputies,” the sheriff’s office said.

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Heath Swafford poses with deputies who have just arrested him. (Morgan County Sheriff’s Office)

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Swafford was found to have been carrying an amount of heroin and meth, the sheriff’s office said. Deputies later discovered a stolen motorcycle at his residence, they said.

Despite the circumstances, a picture on the MCSO’s Facebook page shows Swafford appearing to be all smiles alongside the three deputies who arrested him. 

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Swafford is charged with four felony probation revocation warrants of possession of a controlled substance, theft of property, receiving stolen property and first-degree criminal mischief. He also faces drug and property crimes and is being held without bond, the sheriff’s office said.

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Alabama police chief offers ‘sincerest apology’ after officer’s ‘homeless quilt’ Facebook post

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A police chief in Alabama apologized on Monday for an “insensitive” post on Facebook showing a “homeless quilt” made of cardboard signs used for panhandling.

In the post, two Mobile officers are shown with various attached cardboard signs, apparently confiscated from homeless individuals panhandling for money in the south Alabama city.

“Wanna wish everybody in the 4th precinct a Merry Christmas, especially our captain. Hope you enjoy our homeless quilt,” the post read. “Sincerely Panhandler patrol.”

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In the post, which has seen been deleted, the officers also can be seen smiling as they hold up the cardboard. A reposted photo was shared more than 16,000 times, drawing over 5,000 comments.

In a statement released on Monday, Mobile Chief Lawrence Battiste apologized, calling the post an “insensitive gesture.”

“Although we do not condone panhandling and must enforce the city ordinances that limit panhandling, it is never our intent or desire as a police department to make light of those who find themselves in a homeless state,” Battiste said in a statement.” Rather, our position has always been to partner with community service providers to help us help those faced with homelessness with hope to improve their quality of life.”

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The two officers are recent graduates of the Mobile Police Academy and the picture appeared to be taken inside an office at the Mobile Police Department, al.com reported.

The officers are now under an internal investigation, FOX10 reported.

In an interview on Monday, Battiste told FOX10 the department has to “take responsibility for it, we did it.”

“We have to own it at this point,” he told the television station. “Those officers were given a mandate of addressing those concerns of panhandling, unfortunately they took it to a level that they should not have taken it too and for that as the Chief of Police I apologize.”

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Mobile passed a panhandling law in 2010, which stipulates that asking for money is only allowed outside of a downtown area popular with visitors. Panhandling in the restricted zone can result in a fine of up to $500, community service and up to 6 months in jail.

In Mobile and Baldwin counties, more than 2,500 people sought help in 2019, according to Housing First, a group working to end homelessness in the region.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Bloomberg says he would sell company or put assets in blind trust if elected

MONTGOMERY, Ala. —  Democratic presidential candidate and multibillionaire business and media mogul Mike Bloomberg pledged Monday to divest from his company – or sell it off – if he wins the White House.

“I will put the company in line trust or sell it off right away,” Bloomberg said Monday while answering a question from Fox News following a campaign event in Alabama. “It would be absolutely wrong for me to have that company while I’m president and that will not be the case. Unequivocally.”

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The Bloomberg media company has an estimated valuation of $50 billion and generated $9.6 billion in revenue in fiscal 2017, according to Forbes. As its founder, he owns 88 percent of the company and has a personal net worth estimated around $47 billion.

The 77-year-old Bloomberg – a former three-term New York City mayor – first flirted with a 2020 White House run late last year.

During an interview with Radio Iowa a year ago, Bloomberg said if he ran for president, he would either sell the Bloomberg media company or place it in a blind trust. A blind trust is a financial arrangement by which a person cedes control, but not ownership, of business management to an independent trust to avoid conflicts of interest.

“But I think at my age, if selling it is possible, I would do that,” he said at the time. “At some point, you’re going to die anyway, so you want to do it before then.”

In March, with former Vice President Joe Biden gearing up for a presidential run, Bloomberg decided against launching a campaign because he felt he and the former vice president would split the center-left Democratic vote.

But late last month — with Biden battling other top-tier contenders Sens. Bernie Sanders of Vermont and Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts as well as South Bend, Indiana, Mayor Pete Buttigieg — Bloomberg jumped into the race. He said that he was concerned none of the current candidates could defeat President Trump in next year’s election.

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Days before he took office in January 2017, then President-elect Donald Trump mounted a stage in New York surrounded by a team of attorneys and stacks of manila envelopes and vowed to keep his many businesses separate from his presidency. But the Trumps have faced criticism in the ensuing three years that he failed to live up to his promise. And he’s facing multiple probes by the Democratic-controlled House of Representatives into whether his family-owned businesses are profiting from his presidency.

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Bloomberg was in Montgomery to roll out a maternal-health policy after meeting behind closed doors with experts in the field. In his remarks, Bloomberg criticized his rivals for the Democratic presidential nomination for not coming down to the south to talk about issues like maternal health.

“One candidate, the president, is making the crisis worse. But even my fellow Democrats are not spending time here or in places like Jackson, Miss., where I have been spending time across the south,” Bloomberg said.

Due to his late entry into the 2020 race, Bloomberg’s skipping the early primary and caucus voting states of Iowa, New Hampshire, Nevada and South Carolina and instead is concentrating on the delegate-rich states that hold contests on Super Tuesday and beyond. Alabama holds its primary on Super Tuesday.

Bloomberg’s already spent more than $100 million of his own money to run campaign ads.

FOX Business’ Charlie Gasparino and Brittany De Lea contributed to this story

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LendingTree Bowl 2020: Miami University vs. Louisiana preview, how to watch & more

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The LendingTree Bowl will be played between the Miami (Ohio) RedHawks and the Louisiana Ragin’ Cajuns on Jan. 6, 2020. The game will be played at Ladd-Peebles Stadium in Mobile, Ala.

The RedHawks are coming into the game as the Mid-American Conference champions with an 8-5 overall record and a 6-2 record in the conference. Louisiana had a 10-3 overall record and a 7-1 record in the Sun Belt Conference. The Ragin’ Cajuns were runners-up for the Sun Belt title.

Miami’s entering its first bowl game since 2016. The team’s eight wins is the most since Chuck Martin took over the team in 2014 and the most since 2010 when the RedHawks made the GoDaddy.com Bowl. Brett Gabbert has led the offense with 2,163 passing yards and 11 touchdown passes. Running back Jaylon Bester had 689 rushing yards on 152 carries and 12 touchdowns. Wide receiver Jack Sorenson has led with 34 catches for 461 yards and four touchdowns this season. Linebacker Ivan Pace Jr. had a team-leading seven sacks and defensive back Travion Banks led with five interceptions. Defensive back Mike Brown had three interceptions and returned two of them for touchdowns.

The Ragin’ Cajuns are making their second straight consecutive bowl-game appearance. Their 10 wins is the most in the school’s history and they’ll look to get one more by snapping their two-game bowl losing streak. Quarterback Levi Lewis had 2,804 passing yards and 24 touchdown passes. Running back Elijah Mitchell had 1,092 rushing yards and 15 rushing touchdowns this season. Running back Trey Ragas had 11 rushing touchdowns this season as well. Wide receiver Ja’Marcus Beasley has led with 53 catches for 818 yards and eight touchdowns. Linebacker Joe Dillon had a team-high six sacks and defensive back Asjlin Washington had three interceptions and a fumble recovery.

It will be the third matchup between Miami and Louisiana. The RedHawks have won both matchups.

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Sponsor: LendingTree

Date: January 6

Time: 7:30 p..m

TV: ESPN

Stadium: Ladd-Peebles Stadium

Location: Mobile, Ala.

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ODDS

Moneyline: Miami-OH (+425), Louisiana (-550)

Spread: Miami-OH (+14), Louisiana (-14)

Over/Under: 55.5; Over (-110), Under (-110)

Betting odds courtesy VegasInsider.com

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