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LIGHTNING TO HELP OFFICERS' FAMILIES

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The Lightning will hold a fundraiser for the families of Dave Curtis and Jeff Kocab, the Tampa police officers killed June 29, at Wednesday's Young Guns Game. Cash and checks will be accepted at the Times Forum concourse. And there will be a raffle for season tickets. The prospects scrimmage begins at 6 p.m.

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Quotable

"I strongly disagree with Rev. Jesse Jackson's recent comments, and we are not going to engage in any related discussion on it."

Dan Gilbert, Cavs owner on Jackson saying Gilbert sees LeBron James as a "runaway slave." Monday, the NBA fined the Cavs $100,000 for Gilbert's letter criticizing James' departure.

Number of the day

17Length, in years, of the deal the Devils offered free agent Ilya Kovalchuk, 27, according to the New York Post, citing "impeccable" but unidentified sources; because average salary determines cap hits, the 17 years would allow New Jersey to spread them out, and front-loading the $100 million-plus salary would decrease an eventual buy-out.

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Rays

All-Star break

Up next: at Yankees, 7 p.m. Friday, Yankee Stadium, New York TV/radio: Sun Sports; 620-AM, 680-AM (Spanish)

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