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Another 'dark money' group jumps in state budget fight

Another so-called "dark money" group has joined the fray in Pennsylvania's budget fight.

The Growth and Opportunity Fund  is a 501c4 organization "dedicated to advocating and promoting policies that lead to economic growth and opportunity. Fiscal responsibility, lower taxes, investing in our children's education and promoting private job...

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Empty Netter Assists - Hand injury sidelines Bonino - 01-15-16

Written by Seth Rorabaugh on .

Penguins

-Center Nick Bonino (above) will be sidelined at least a month due to a hand injury.

-“Olli and I read each other pretty well. We’re two guys who want to carry the puck, who want to make plays under control. The support we give each other has been pretty good.” - Defenseman Kris Letang on being paired with defenseman Olli Maatta.

-An updated look at how Penguins prospects are doing this season.

-Somebody wrote something about the Penguins which ended up not being true.

-Head coach Mike Sullivan speaks:

-Happy 41st birthday to former Penguins defenseman Martin Strbak. Acquired along with defenseman Sergei Anshakov early in the 2003-04 season in a deal which sent center Martin Straka to the Kings, Strbak's Penguins career amounted to 44 games and 14 points with the Penguins that season. During the 2004-05 lockout, he joined HC Kosice of the Slovak Extraliga. He still plays for HC Kosice.

-After the Jump: History for Joel Quenneville.

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Tortoise and the Hare

Written by Rob Rogers on .

Hillary Clinton may be looking ahead to the general election a little too soon. Recent polls have her and Bernie Sanders in a statistical dead heat.

20160115 Tortoise and the Hare

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Rapid Reaction: Robert Morris 52, Mount St. Mary's 76

Written by Megan Ryan on .

No one quite gives a losing press conference like Andy Toole. His best quotes come after games like these, when his team is down by 30 points at halftime and barely cracked the double-digits in time to head to the locker room. Check out my gamer for some real gems. Otherwise, on to the rapid reaction:

Turning point: I'm going to give it to the two-minute stretch in the first half when BK Ashe hit a 3-pointer, then Will Miller hit a 3-pointer and then Chris Wray dunked and drew the foul to make the score 30-7 with about four minutes to play. There was kind of just no way to come back from that.

Game ball: BK Ashe. A game-high 17 points and game-high 10 rebounds for a double-double, shooting pretty much lights out.

What it means: I feel like I use the shrug emoticon too much in these blogs. But honestly, that's just what it is. Toole said something to the effect of, "We're already 3-15. How many more losses will it take before the team decides, 'Hey, losing sucks. Let's win?'" And, I mean, considering the preseason poll had Mount St. Mary's at No. 1 in the league and Robert Morris at No. 2, a big loss like this is kind of disconcerting, yeah?

What's next: Robert Morris plays host to Fairleigh Dickinson at 4 p.m. Saturday. The Knights are 4-1 and 8-8. So I sense another tough one for the Colonials.

Random shoutout: To BK Ashe. I know I already acknowledged him in this here Rapid Reaction but IF YOU HAD SEEN his dancing whenever he was on the bench and one of his teammates made a big score, you'd shout him out, too. He honestly has some moves. Very smooth. Monmouth should look at recruiting him to join its bench antics.

That's it until Saturday, my friends. Follow me on Twitter and watch me tweet about how much I love the Captain America films. Or, you know, sports news.

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Robert Morris loses, 76-52, to Mount St. Mary's

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The Colonials established a 30-point deficit by halftime, played without four key players, including leading scorer Rodney Pryor, and allowed Mount St. Mary’s best shooters to shoot about .500 from the field and the 3-point line.

And Robert Morris coach Andy Toole said the “absolutely atrocious” performance is on him.

“I’m embarrassed because I’m supposed to be responsible for it all, and I am unable to get these guys to come together, I guess, and be a team,” Tool said. “It drives me insane.”

Robert Morris dropped 76-52 to Mount St. Mary’s on Thursday at the Sewall Center after entering halftime down 43-13. The Colonials are now 1-4 in the Northeast Conference (3-15 overall) while the Mountaineers are 4-1 (7-11 overall).

Toole said he has seen his team make the same mistakes again and again despite trying to correct them in practice. Against Mount St. Mary’s, the team a preseason poll picked to finish No. 1 in the conference to No. 2 Robert Morris, it was a “horrific” offensive display in the first half — shooting just 21.7 percent from the field and 0 percent from the 3-point line — combined with poor defense of the Mountaineers’ junior guard BK Ashe and junior forward Will Miller.

Ashe ended with a game-high 17 points and 10 rebounds for a double-double, shooting 6-for-11 from the field and 2-for-5 from the 3-point line. Miller shot 4-for-8 from the field and beyond the arc, making all his baskets in the monster first half.

“There’s just no buy-in in me, really, is what the issue is,” Toole said. “It’s a really poor job of coaching by me to get these guys to understand what it takes to win.”

Part of the problem was Robert Morris had to play without Pryor and sophomore forward Andre Frederick, who collided in practice this past week and have concussions — which also makes them questionable for Saturday’s game against Fairleigh Dickinson. Freshman guard Jordan Lester was also out with illness, and senior forward Aaron Tate is still on the bench recovering from preseason surgery.

Junior point guard Kavon Stewart said “it really hurt a lot” to be without all those players at once.

“We need everybody. We need everybody we can get,” Stewart said. “Everybody on the team is really important this season. It’s not like last year.”

Freshman guard Matty McConnell scored a team-high 16 points, 12 in the second half. He said it was frustrating to keep losing, and that won’t change until he and his teammates find a way to play like they do in the second half from the first whistle.

“If we keep playing anything can happen,” McConnell said. “Just to keep moving forward, stay positive.”

But Toole said more drastic methods might be in order.

“I have to figure out a different way,” he said. “Or get the Long Island Medium to come and try to do something to get our guys to figure this out. Because it is ugly.”

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