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Rangers lean on Kreider and enter the must-win game 6 vs Lightning

Ryan Callahan recalls the moment Chris Kreider first walked into the New York Rangers locker room. He knew little about the prospect, who was six days away from winning his second NCAA championship with Boston College, but he immediately took note of the then 20-year-old's presence, size and poise. (Author: Gardener)

6NEW YORK -- Ryan Callahan recalls the moment Chris Kreider first walked into the New York Rangers locker room. NEW YORK -- Ryan Callahan recalls the moment Chris Kreider first walked into the New York Rangers locker room. He knew little about the prospect, who was six days away from winning his second NCAA championship with Boston College, but he immediately took note of the then 20-year-old's presence, size and poise. He knew little about the prospect, who was six days away from winning his second NCAA championship with Boston College, but he immediately took note of the then 20-year-old's presence, size and poise. "You could see right away that he was impressive," said Callahan, the former Rangers captain. "You could see straight away that he was going to be an important player for the organisation." It's been 10 years since Kreider made his NHL debut for the Rangers in Game 3 of the 2012 Eastern Conference first round against the Ottawa Senators, a decade, a lifetime. Kreider is no longer the naïve, but the gray-haired veteran and longest-serving ranger. Selected 19th by the Rangers in the 2009 NHL draft, the forward's importance has grown as he has accumulated games, goals and experience as he tied on points with Rod Gilbert with 34 goals, the most goals ever for a member of the NHL made Rangers in the Stanley Cup playoffs. And he may never be more important than now as he leads the Rangers into another elimination game, with the Rangers trailing 3-2 to the Tampa Bay Lightning in the Eastern Conference best-of-7 finals and in Game 6 at Amalie enter Arena on Saturday (8 p.m. ET; ESPN, ESPN+, CBC, TVAS, SN). "Knowing Chris Kreider I think he's enjoying this moment where he's the guy now where a little bit younger in his career they had some guys in front of them that were 'the guys,'" Callahan said. In this season's playoffs, Kreider has scored 10 goals, alongside Mika Zibanejad at the helm of Rangers. His 16 points ties third-place Artemi Panarin with Rangers. He has five points (two goals, three assists) in his first five games against the Lightning. And yet the Rangers need more. They need the now 31-year-old Kreider they've seen all season, the one who scored 52 goals including the NHL's top 26 on power play, the Kreider he's worked so hard to build. For Kreider, of course, the working part was easy. It was so much a part of Kreider, even as a teenager, even in high school, that it could have changed the course of Garnet Hathaway's life. Kreider picked up Hathaway, now a forward for the Washington Capitals, on his way back from lacrosse practice at Phillips Andover Academy, the Tony Prep School the couple attended, and took him to the gym around the corner. "He would still outperform me," said Hathaway, still impressed even more than a decade later. "I was introduced to the kind of work ethic it takes to get to the next level," said Hathaway, who lived with Kreider's family for a summer. The work ethic hasn't faltered in the meantime. If anything, it's only gotten more solid and profound as the Rangers forward has reshaped his game over the years, as he morphed from a straight-forward player to a talented net-front presence, as he's built his game and arrived as a goalscorer that season. Prior to this season, Kreider had never scored more than 28 goals, which he did twice (2016-17 and 2018-19). His 52 this season was good for third place in the NHL behind Toronto Maple Leafs forward Auston Matthews (60) and Edmonton Oilers forward Leon Draisaitl (55). He blew up his career with 77 points, 24 more than in 2016-17. The 26 power play goals were two more than Draisaitl. "I think Chris has evolved as a player," said Montreal Canadiens coach Martin St. Louis, who played with Kreider at Rangers from 2013-15. “I think [he] always had the fastball, came down the wing and came in at the back. I think he's learned a few other pitches now. "He controls his speed better and can probably process the game a bit better to get into the right areas. He was always very good up front so he didn't lose that but I think if there's probably one thing that 'Kreids' is doing better now than in the past is that he's probably playing his blue-to-blue game much better managed line in terms of what kind of speed he brings. "Anyone who has great speed, it's important, you need the speed, but to remain successful in this league, like I liken to a baseball pitcher, if you just throw gas, eventually they have the timing right and they hit home runs. And Kreider has been working hard at it, like he did at Andover, like he did at BC, like he did on his induction to the NHL in the 2011-12 Stanley Cup Playoffs, like he did has done in New York for 10 seasons, 10 seasons in which the Rangers have reached the Eastern Conference Finals four times and come as close to victory as they did in the 2014 Stanley Cup Finals — but no closer the hours he spends making tips to practice working on his racquet, fixing his reflexes and his hands and his eyes. But maybe not anymore." I think he clinched the titles as the league's top net front presence and league defender Puck," said MSG broadcaster Joe Micheletti. "There hasn't been anyone better for years. I think Chris is now." But it was something that Micheletti — or really nobody — saw coming. "I don't know that Chris Kreider is a 52-goal scorer, even though he's scored 52 goals this year." ESPN analyst and former NHL player Ray Ferraro said, "He's too big, he's too powerful, he's got too good hands not to have been in this space before. Kreider has always done that, back to the Meeting with Hathaway in Andover, he works and works and works, getting closer and closer to the potential that the Boy Scouts saw at such a young age, the potential that has both haunted him and driven him because, as Hathaway said, “Potential is a funny word." The thought would be that this would be the breakthrough, the season where he hits 30 or more. Maybe 40? The hot phases never turned into hot seasons. "He was always having these stretches, almost every year, these stretches where he'd stay dry for six or eight weeks, to the point where he'd go unnoticed for a long time," Micheletti said. We knew it wasn't lacking in tries, adding: "It's not that he's had bad seasons. It's just that he didn't have the seasons everyone thought he could have." Kreider is finally over this season. The work and the desire and the experience. Even if it never happens again when he never getting past 30 or 40 or 50, Kreider had a season to last, now it's up to him to extend that season.

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NHL Eastern Conference Finals Time, TV Channels, FREE Stream

For the third straight series, Rangers are staring at elimination. (Author: Gardener)

NHL Eastern Conference Finals TimeFor the third time during the 2022 Stanley Cup Playoffs, the New York Rangers find themselves in a 3-2 hole. This time it's their Eastern Conference Finals opponent, the Tampa Bay Lightning, and they need to win Game 6 on enemy territory on Saturday, June 11 (11/6/2022) to avoid being eliminated. The game at the Amalie Arena will be televised on ESPN at 8 p.m. ET. It can be streamed live on fuboTV, ESPN+ and other live TV streaming services. The Lightning pulled away in the 3rd period of Game 5 to win 3-1 and put New York behind. It marked the end of Rangers' eight-game winning streak in those playoffs. But New York is undaunted. "We've lost 3-2 in every series so far," forward Andrew Copp told ESPN. Cable subscribers can log into ESPN.com or ESPN Apps with their cable credentials to enjoy a FREE live stream of the game. Cord cutters can sign up for free trials of fuboTV, DirecTV Stream, Sling or YouTube TV to enjoy free shows for a limited time. Do you need tickets for one of the games? The Lightning are at -180 for Game 6. Mobile sports betting is now legal in New York, which means you can now bet on NHL games from your mobile phone. New York Rangers (52-24-6, 2nd in Metropolitan Division) vs. Tampa Bay Lightning (51-23-8, 3rd in Atlantic Division) BOTTOM: The Tampa Bay Lightning host the New York Rangers in the third round of the NHL playoffs with a 3-2 lead in the series. The Lightning won the last meeting 3-1. Tampa Bay has a 24-8-6 record in home games and a 51-23-8 overall record. The Lightning have given up 228 goals while scoring 285 for a +57 goal difference. New York has a 52-24-6 record overall and a 24-13-2 record on the road. Rangers have a 19-6-2 record in games where their opponents serve more penalties. POWERFUL: Steven Stamkos has 42 goals and 64 assists for the Lightning. Nikita Kucherov has recorded five goals and nine assists in the last 10 games. Mika Zibanejad has 30 goals with 52 assists for Rangers. Chris Kreider has five goals and four assists in his last 10 games. LAST 10 GAMES: Lightning: 8-2-0, averaging 2.9 goals, 4.7 assists, four penalties and 8.8 penalty minutes at 1.7 goals per game. Rangers: 6-4-0, averaging 3.2 goals, 5.4 assists, 4.5 penalties and 9.9 penalty minutes at 2.1 goals per game. What is ESPN Plus? ESPN Plus is a streaming service from ESPN with a huge selection of live games from professional and collegiate sports, including UFC, college football and basketball, international and major league soccer, MLB and more. It also has its own original TV series, and your subscription gets you access to exclusive ESPN Insider content on ESPN.com. Cable packages like Spectrum, Verizon, and DirecTV don't include ESPN Plus. So if you want the exclusive coverage of the service, you'll have to pay or find a bar where the event is happening. (Conversely, ESPN Plus does not include ESPN, ESPN2, and other ESPN channels). ESPN+ is accessible through the ESPN app on most devices including Amazon Fire, Apple, Android, Chromecast, PlayStation, Roku, Xbox One and more. How much does ESPN Plus cost? Subscription does not include access to certain pay-per-view events such as UFC 275: Texeira vs. These events cost extra but are still exclusive to the ESPN+ service. If you're looking to save on lots of streaming content, the Disney Plus Bundle includes subscriptions to Hulu ($5.99), ESPN Plus ($6.99), and Disney Plus ($7.99) for just $13.99/month . You get one of the services for free if you subscribe to all three.

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Rangers fan faces assault charges after KOing fan in viral video

According to the NYPD, the suspect who punched the Lightning fan has been identified as 29-year-old Staten Island native James Anastasio. (Author: Gardener)

KOingA New York Rangers fan was arrested Thursday night after he punched a Tampa Bay Lighting fan after the Rangers lost to Lightning. Above, the Lightning celebrate their 3-1 win over the New York Rangers in game five of the 2022 Eastern Conference Finals of the Stanley Cup Playoffs at Madison Square Garden on June 9, 2022 in New York City. A New York Rangers fan is currently facing assault charges after he was caught in a now-viral video punching a Tampa Bay Lighting fan after the team's playoff game Thursday night at Madison Square Garden. A spokesman for the New York Police Department (NYPD) confirmed to Newsweek that Staten Island resident James Anastasio, 29, was arrested Thursday night after an incident in which he appeared to punch a Lighting fan in the face. Anastasio's arrest came just hours after the incident was caught on video and has now been viewed over two million times on Twitter. In video of the incident, posted to Twitter by Scott Kaplan, fans can be seen exiting Madison Square Garden after Game 5 of the NHL's Eastern Conference Finals between the Rangers and the Lightning. The video then shows the Rangers fan, later identified as Anastasio, turning around and punching the Lighting fan in the face. The Lighting fan then fell to the ground after being punched while Anastasio was seen fleeing the scene. A number of Rangers fans can then be seen trying to help the person who was hit while on the ground. The NYPD spokesman told Newsweek that "a 37-year-old man observed two people engaged in a verbal argument." "The argument escalated into a physical encounter in which one person punched a 26-year-old man in the face, causing him to fall to the ground and lose consciousness," the NYPD spokesman told Newsweek. According to the NYPD, after Anastasio fled the scene of the incident, a "good Samaritan" tried to stop him, but Anastasio "slapped the Samaritan in the face before he fled." After the arrest, Anastasio was charged with assault, disorderly conduct and harassment, according to the NYPD. Rangers lost 3-1 to the Lighting in Thursday night's NHL playoff game. The series winner will play in the NHL Stanley Cup Finals, where he could face the Colorado Avalanche, who defeated the Edmonton Oilers in the Western Conference Finals.

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Against the odds, playoffs are in the cards for Rangers if they don't fall asleep at the wheel

Give the Rangers this much: They're interesting, which beats unwatchable. You never know what you're going to get on any given night. (Author: Gardener)

RangersGive the Rangers this much: They're interesting, which beats unwatchable. You never know what you're going to get on any given night. In one minute, Eli White takes his teammates on his Superman cape; He comes on the plate and is Clark Kent again. Marcus Semien either hits three homers or forgets who's on base. Adolis Garcia runs through a wall or falls asleep by second. The only constants are Martin Perez, in the running for Comeback Player of the Century, and Corey Seager, the game's most anonymous $32.5 million player. And since Rangers shouldn't really be competitive until 2023, maybe we shouldn't complain too much. That being said, by all appearances and against all odds, it seems that the playoffs are within reach this season, but only if Rangers don't sleepwalk. They just gave up two of three to Cleveland, a primary contender for the third and final wild card, and open a three-game set Friday in Chicago, where the White Sox lurk for last place in the playoffs. Seems like this road trip was a good time to string together a few wins and give Jon Daniels and Chris Young a reason to consider picking up another pitcher or two before the deadline. But given the Rangers' either-or game of late, the Brain Trust might not be as eager to scroll their contacts. As soon as the Rangers scraped and scraped to get to .500, they lost their footing and fell back as if the effort was just too tiring to sustain. Not exactly a trait of playoff teams. In the last eight games in May, when they went 6-2, they averaged 6.3 runs per game. First eight games in June: 2-6, 3 runs per game. Chris Woodward gets it, in case you're wondering. "We just didn't run much," he said after Wednesday's 4-0 loss to Cleveland. “We didn't pitch in the middle of the plate like we normally do. "It's the only way to score runs." About that walk rate: Rangers hitters are 28th in freebies, which, believe it or not, is an improvement from last year when they were 29th. Despite all the new faces on the field and on the coaching staff, it's still not a challenging group. Not enough to justify what some of these guys deserve, especially in midfield, but better nonetheless. Pretty much the only area where Rangers hitters show significant improvement is in power. A good thing, because it directly affects their chances of winning. Wednesday's game broke an 11-game streak in which they had homed what was proving to be a self-fulfilling prophecy. The Rangers are 21-17 in games where they hit at least one home run. If they don't go into the yard, they are 5-13. One final stat: In three games against the Guardians, Rangers were 0-to-15 with runners in goal position. "If we're good," Woodward said, "we can do all parts of the game." Not that you'd know from looks yet, Seager is among the top two or three shortstops in the game if he's right. That explains why the Fielding Bible rates the Rangers at minus 3 on shortstops on defensive runs. In total they are 21. The only positions where they are above water are the second, third and middle fields. Honestly, I'm not sure how Rangers third basemen are doing so well. Even if you give them credit for playing out of position, is it still too much to ask Andy Ibanez to throw a baseball like he's not afraid of hurting someone with it? No one expected Semien and Seager, both quiet guys, to behave out of character. It just wasn't a big example until recently with Semien. Seager comes and goes. Time to pick up the pace, Superstars. Time to get Daniels nervous. It's time to suggest that this team might be ahead of schedule. No time to rest on your laurels, humble as they are. Because almost a third of the club's victories come from teams that have already fired their managers. Wake up boys before it's too late. For more coverage of the Rangers on the Dallas Morning News, click here.

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The stories behind the Goal songs for the New York Rangers, Tampa Bay Lightning and Colorado Avalanche

The blaring horn, the home crowd erupts, and then the team's song sounds. It's a scene familiar to all hockey fans, and it's a hilarious celebration. (Author: Gardener)

the New York RangersThe crowd roars as the Torhorn echoes through the arena. Then the beats of the team's goal song rang out, signaling merrymaking and Pavlovian reactions from those present. In New York, fans chant "whoa" and "hey, hey, hey" to "Slapshot," written for the New York Rangers by MSG music director Ray Castoldi. In Tampa, the "Heys" from Mona's song "Goons" follow the electrifying narration of Steven Stamkos and Nikita Kucherov of the Tampa Bay Lightning. In Denver, Planet Funk's "Chase The Sun" is the unconventional goal song played after the Colorado Avalanche's many, many goals. Here are the stories behind the songs for the three remaining teams in the Stanley Cup Playoffs. Ray Castoldi's muse was the 1994 New York Rangers Stanley Cup championship, their first cup win since 1940. Let's see if we can come up with a signature song for the Rangers that no one else had," said Castoldi, who himself Madison Square Garden followed suit in 1991. "Slapshot" debuted in 1995 when the Rangers' Stanley Cup banner was raised. The song begins with a slow build up before drums and vocals kick in. The [goal] horns give everyone a chance to orient themselves and then get to the part where they're singing together," Castoldi said. Anyone who's seen a Rangers home game knows what's next: the crowd sings along with "whoa-oh-oh-ooooh" and a staccato "hey...hey, hey, hey!". Castoldi said the song remains the original recording, but that the arrangement has been altered over time. "If you "listening to the song again in the 1990s is that 'Heys!' was first and then the 'Tor' chant followed. I think flipping it really helped him catch on," he said. the "target" chant? Isn't it the "Whoa" chant? There's a lot of talk on social media — it's 'Tor' or is it 'Wow'?” he said. Mystery solved: Castoldi said the original intention was to sing "Tor" because that's what Rangers achieve. But the recording is "whoa!" There were three or four people in the studio doing the vocals on the song. They tried singing "goal" for the chorus, but "it just didn't sing that well," Castoldi said. "Goal 'Oh-oh' was too tense," he said. "So the record is 'whoa'. But please everyone sing 'Goal'." Castoldi admits that the song didn't initially captivate fans. I went back and watched Mark Messier's 500th goal. You hear the song, but you don't really hear the crowd echoing it yet. It took a while," he said. But once they got it, they got it, and 'Slapshot' has been a part of MSG's goal celebration for decades. It's just exciting that something I wrote like that well received and that it flies back at me with such passion," said Castoldi. "It's really become part of the fabric of the Rangers." In 2001, Planet Funk released the song "Chase The Sun". It was a modest hit for the Italian electronica group. A few years later, it became an unlikely sporting anthem - as long as professional darts is viewed as a sporting event. The song was adopted by Sky Sports for its coverage of darts. It is played in the arena during tournaments, to the delight of fans who sing through the song. Overseas they simply refer to it as "The Darts Song". The Avalanche began performing the darts remix of "Chase The Sun" in 2017 and remains the only team in the NHL to use the course. Although it's a little disappointing that the arena for Hey! Hey! Hey! Hey! instead of the "Oi! Oi!" can be heard playing darts. The Lightning's goal song is actually inspired by Frank Sinatra, although maybe not for the reasons you're thinking. Nick Brown is the driving force behind Mona, an indie rock project started by the Nashville-based musician. "I heard a quote from Frank Sinatra about rock 'n' roll. The song 'Goons (Baby, I Need It All)' came out in 2013. That's why eras are so important, because they're really temporary," Brown said. Epochs change.” But the song's undeniably catchy hookline was inspired by rock itself. “It has always been a winning chant. As a songwriter, it was about how rock 'n' roll can still matter. I love seeing it as a literal victory song," he said. “Songs always bring people together. The Lightning started using the song a year or two before the 2020 cup win. "I remember someone stumbled across this and thought it would be great for a goal song," Brown said. "I've had fans come up to me and say, 'I think I just heard you on ESPN.' And I'm like, 'Who's stealing my song?'" Brown said his songwriting can be geared towards how the tracks will be played in front of an audience, but that he didn't set out to make a target song. I think it is very interesting and powerful to see the song being used in a literally different arena and context," he said. "I remember when we were going down there I saw a little kid reach up and grabbed his father and he sang 'Idiots!' I was like, 'This is great to see.'" The use of 'Goons' coincided with a historic winning streak for the Lightning, including back-to-back Stanley Cups. "It made me a fan. Before they started using my song , they didn't have the records they have. I attribute it all to the song," he said, laughing. "And since hockey teams and fans are superstitious, they probably won't change it anytime soon."

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Rangers should never have left the door open for Lightning, plus the Belmont Stakes review

Tampa Bay rallied to take a 3-2 lead against the Rangers (Author: Gardener)

Belmont StakesLet's get straight to the point. This is the article version of the CBS Sports HQ AM morning newsletter. Ondrej Palat knows clutch goals. He had one in a win-or-go home game 6 against the Maple Leafs in the first round of the playoffs and one in the series-determining game 4 against the Panthers in the second round. His last, with less than two minutes left in the deciding Game 5 between the Lightning and Rangers last night, put Tampa Bay a game away from a third straight trip to the Stanley Cup Finals. The Lightning defeated the Rangers 3-1 at Madison Square Garden to take the 3-2 Eastern Conference Final Series lead. * New York's Ryan Lindgren opened the scoring in the second period with a goal from an almost impossible angle, but Mikhail Sergachev responded with a long-range shot that went into the net through traffic. * Extra time looked like a real possibility until Sergachev's shot ricocheted off Palat into the net. Shortly thereafter, Brandon Hagel sealed the game with his empty net. * Andrei Vasilevskiy saved 24 of 25 shots with some big stops in the third period. * Rangers had won eight straight home playoff games last night, including the first two of this series. History says Tampa Bay's odds of facing Colorado in the Stanley Cup Finals are pretty good, notes our hockey expert Chris Bengel. *Bengel: "Tampa Bay has an 8-2 all-time record when they lead 3-2 in a best-of-seven series. They're also trying to maintain a 0-2 series deficit in a conference finals for the equalize for the second time in franchise history." * Oklahoma won its second straight Women's College World Series with a 10-5 Game 2 win over Texas. but the Yankees still beat the Twins 10-7. We finally have a decision from the PGA Tour regarding LIV Golf: All 17 PGA Tour members or former members participating in the new league have been suspended from the PGA Tour. * Ten of the 17 - including Dustin Johnson and Sergio Garcia - had already resigned from the PGA Tour prior to yesterday's announcement. *Remember that the PGA Tour doesn't host any Majors, and the USGA ruled on Tuesday that all qualified players — regardless of Tour affiliation — can play at this year's US Open. That last line is key and is likely to rock golf for years to come: With players spread all over the world, regular-season golf will matter even less and the majors will matter even more, writes golf expert Kyle Porter. * Porter: "Thursday's big winners weren't Greg Norman and the LIV Golf League, it was the USGA, R&A, PGA of America and Augusta National that makes golf's 'postseason', if we will call it that, even more important. The big weeks are going to be a breath of fresh air. They know that too, and that's why they probably won't compete like every regular-season tour that comes along." Kyle's column is intelligent, thoughtful, and informative. As we know, professional golf is changing at a rate we have never seen before. Let's face it: ranking quarterbacks from best to worst is never easy. Luckily for us, Cody Benjamin was up to the task, splitting his rankings into AFC and NFC. Let's start in the AFC, where talent is evident on the position, let's start at the top. ...possesses an incorrigible creativity both in and out of the bag, and while paired with Andy Reid it's hard to bet against his title chances. 2. Josh Allen (Bills) – It's fitting that the Bills' last two seasons ended in playoff thrillers against the Chiefs, because Allen comes closest to Mahomes in terms of the contemporary prototype under middle – tall, athletic, and wired to go to make the big game. "I think you'd have a hard time picking anyone other than those two at the top, even though there's a lot of very good (and young) quarterbacks right behind them. The Herbert-vs.- The Burrow-vs.-Jackson- We'll have debate for the foreseeable future, but you know it's an impressive list when the unanimous MVP of 2019 doesn't even make the top five... his own conference NFC, there's definitely less top-end talent below the middle , but the top two are players you'd want to run your team every day of the week. That's as far as Brady goes, but as long as he's in the NFL few players — let alone QBs — deserve more trust than he owns among the best years of his career, which is saying something given his 22 seasons and seven Super Bowl wins.2. Aaron Rodgers (Packers) - Like Brady, A-Rod has only shifted into higher gear with age and is under Matt LaFleur as Acting Repeater lunging MVP of the NFL has returned to great glory.” You can watch the full AFC here and the full NFC here. The Belmont Stakes is happening this weekend and we're here to get you ready. While early voting for Preakness winner isn't ongoing, Kentucky Derby winner Rich Strike will be. After skipping the Preakness, Rich Strike aims to become the first horse to win both the Derby and the Belmont without winning the Preakness since Thunder Gulch in 1995. Rich Strike won at Churchill Downs by odds of 80-1, but this time he's not such a big underdog. Do you want to earn some money? We have tips from horse racing expert Jody Demling, who has named three of the last four Belmont winners, as well as handicap legend Hammerin' Hank Goldberg, who nailed it at last year's Belmont and this year's Preakness. He likes a long shot this weekend. 🏀 Storm vs Wings, 8 p.m. on CBS Sports Network 🏀 NBA Finals Game 4: Warriors at Celtics, 9 p.m. on ABC 🏀 Dream at Mercury, 10 p.m. on CBS Sports Network 🏇 Belmont Stakes, 6:44 p.m. on NBC ⚾ Cubs at Yankees or Dodgers at Giants, 7:15 p.m. on FOX 🏒 Eastern Conference Final Game 6: Rangers at Lightning, 8 p.m. on ESPN

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Selena Gomez stuns in a strapless black dress at Britney Spears' wedding

Selena Gomez attended her friend Britney Spears' wedding and looked stunning in a black dress. (Author: Gardener)

Selena GomezSelena Gomez looked stunning while attending Britney Spears and Sam Asghari's wedding on June 9. The 29-year-old Disney graduate was among 60 guests at the intimate ceremony. She looked absolutely stunning wearing a black off the shoulder dress with a thigh high leg slit which you can see here. Selena completed her look with her hair that was parted in the middle and styled in curls. Britney and Sam's wedding comes nine months after the 28-year-old fitness model popped the question in September. While the "Crossroads" actress has teased the nuptials via Instagram — including potential locations, as well as revealing that friend Donatella Versace designed her dress — it was only reported on June 8 that the wedding ceremony would take place the following day. Other prominent guests included Britney's close friend Paris Hilton and Madonna. Remarkably, Britney's family - including father Jamie, mother Lynn and sister Jamie Lynn - were not present due to the impact of the end of her conservatorship. Due to previous conservatorship, marriage is an even bigger deal for Britney as she clarified that her conservators previously would not allow her to marry and have more children during the arrangement, despite her desire. Britney's sons Jayden, 15, and Sean, 16, with ex-husband Kevin Federline, were also absent, although a lawyer for K-Fed insisted they were "lucky" for their mother. Although an unlikely friendship, Selena and Britney have several crossover connections. Britney, of course, was in the Mickey Mouse Club in the early 1990s, while Selena landed the lead role in Disney Channel's "Wizards Of Waverly Place" as Alex Russo. Back in 2014, Selena revealed that Britney, now 40, was the main inspiration behind her Stars Dance world tour, specifically the 'Slave 4 U' pop star's transition period. "I think she's one of the best that's made that transition," Selena told MTV at the time, referring to Britney, who had shed her childhood image and embraced a sexier, more mature one. "This video ["Slave 4 U"] is so hot it's amazing so I love it and that's what I really wanted to do with my transition but I don't think there's a path to follow. I think you just have to figure it out and hope for the best, so if there's a resemblance, that's just a compliment," she also said at the time. Within weeks of Selena dropping "Come & Get It," Britney reached out to her via Twitter, marking the beginning of their friendship. One of my favorite songs out there right now!” Britney wrote excitedly. Means a lot to me," said the mother-of-two. Selena was surprised to get any response from the pop icon. "I didn't believe it at first but it was really sweet because even with the inspirations from the outfits and the performances, when it comes to performances, she's a huge inspiration."

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Drew Barrymore, Paris Hilton, Donatella Versace and more attend Britney Spears' wedding

Britney Spears' wedding guest list was star-studded and included former BFF Paris Hilton, Madonna, Selena Gomez and more. (Author: Gardener)

Paris HiltonBritney Spears walked down the aisle in front of 60 family and friends! Britney and Sam said "I do" under a tent at their home in Thousand Oaks, California, followed by a celebratory reception. Her guest list included star-studded faces like Madonna, Paris Hilton, Selena Gomez and more. Donatella Versace, who designed Britney's wedding dress, was there too. The socialite looked stunning in a sparkly black dress and satin pumps, and was partnered with her mum, who opted for a see-through black and nude number. During the reception, Paris and Britney sang the Parisian hit "Stars Are Blind," according to Vogue. Madonna, 63, wore a rainbow dress to her friend Britney's special day. She and Britney posed for a cute photo, in which she wrapped her arms around each other during the party. Madonna and Selena Gomez also danced with Britney to "Toxic." Selena, 29, looked absolutely gorgeous for the spectacular event. Selena posed for a solo photo during the party and teamed up with Britney and Drew Barrymore for another cute photo. Selena also joined Madonna and Britney on the dance floor as "Toxic" played. Drew, 47, wore a long, flowy brown dress to Britney's big party. The talk show host was sandwiched by Britney and Selena in their epic trio photo, which took place during the party. For this snap, Britney donned a black outfit and was barefoot. Drew was also photographed in her car arriving at the event earlier in the evening. Donatella Versace attended the event in a fitted baby blue number. The mastermind behind the Italian label of the same name also designed Britney's dress through a months-long process. Britney wore three different looks after the ceremony, all designed by Donatella. TMZ first broke the news that Britney was planning to marry Sam earlier in the day on June 9th. Additionally, the outlet reported that Britney's father, Jamie Spears, mother, Lynn Spears, and younger sister, Jamie Lynn Spears, will not be at the wedding. However, Britney's older brother, Bryan Spears, is expected. During her stint as a conservator, the "Toxic" singer was not allowed to marry or have children, something Britney argued in court as she attempted to end the controversial conservatorship in 2021. "I deserve to have a life ... I just want my life back," she later said. Now Britney seems to get almost everything she could want. While details of the wedding are largely unknown, a source close to the pop superstar revealed to HollywoodLife EXCLUSIVE in October 2021 that Britney wants a fairy tale wedding and doesn't care what the price will be. "Britney really wants a traditional romantic wedding. She wants all her family and loved ones there and she doesn't care about the cost because it's been her lifelong dream," the insider revealed. Britney gave fans a glimpse of her Versace wedding dress when she introduced them to her new cat in May. "Introducing Wendy...it's MEOW time boys and gals...And yes, this is the veil to my wedding dress," she wrote on Instagram. Britney's wedding was originally scheduled to happen a little later in the year or even the following year, as a source EXCLUSIVELY told HollywoodLife that she and Sam planned to wait until she was born to tie the knot. “Britney and Sam play together and they are not married. She will wait until she has the baby to focus on that and she will now have 9 months to plan her dream wedding." Britney announced that she was pregnant with her first child with Sam on April 11, but unfortunately the baby miscarried about a month later.

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They are married! Britney Spears and Sam Asghari share first photos from their wedding day

The couple announced their engagement last September, two months before the pop star conservatory ended in November (Author: Gardener)

Britney SpearsBritney Spears and Sam Asghari give a first look at their wedding day. The day after PEOPLE confirmed the couple tied the knot on Thursday night, the pop star, 40, and the actor-model, 28, released photos of their ceremony. The couple wed in front of around 60 guests - including famous friends Madonna, Paris Hilton, Kathy Hilton and Drew Barrymore - in Los Angeles. Spears wore a dress by the famous fashion house Versace and walked down the aisle to Elvis Presley's Can't Help Falling in Love, according to sources. “Britney walked down the aisle herself. She looked absolutely stunning in her head dress," an insider told PEOPLE. RELATED: Britney Spears and Sam Asghari Are Married! The insider added that the "Toxic" singer kept the same hair and makeup look throughout the night, but changed her outfit three times. A second source told PEOPLE the party ended at 11:30pm and the newlyweds were taken away in a white Rolls Royce with a classic 'Just Married' sign on the back. "It ended up being the happiest night for Britney. She wanted a fairy tale wedding and she got it. Britney looked stunning," says the source. She's looking forward to a future with Sam." RELATED: Britney Spears 'cried tears of joy' at 'fairytale wedding' to Sam Asghari: 'The Happiest Night' Ahead of the ceremony, the source had revealed that Spears had envisioned their wedding day for almost nine months. "Britney started planning and dreaming about her wedding shortly after she got engaged in November," the insider said. She wants it to be perfect." RELATED: Britney Spears is 'so excited' about marriage to Sam Asghari and 'wants it to be perfect': Source Jayden James, 15, would not be in attendance. "They are so happy for their mother and hope that Sam and Britney have a great future together," said Kaplan. "It's their night and they didn't want to take it away from them." Spears and Asghari announced their engagement last September, two months before the singer's conservatory ended in November. At the time, Asghari's manager Brandon Cohen told PEOPLE he was "proud to celebrate and confirm the engagement". In a recent interview with GQ, Asghari said he sought help from his sisters and a friend while shopping for an engagement ring as he didn't want anything "super big and super famous". “I want it to represent something. I want it to come from my heart and I want it to go to someone who hasn't been a big jeweler," he said. "It was a big company, but it was a company that was willing to do it the way I wanted it to. It's a princess cut, for a real princess." RELATED: Sam Asghari says Britney Spears' 'humility' first drew him to her: A 'beautiful soul' Asghari said Spears was shocked by the proposal, and despite asking permission wanted to catch up with Jayden and Sean and their family, he didn't. He didn't tell anyone his proposal plan in advance. "I didn't want anyone to know about it and get involved in any way, so it was between me and her," he said. In his GQ interview, Asghari also recalled first meeting Spears on the set of her "Slumber Party" music video in 2016. "It was the humility that drew me," he said. "She was very humble and she had a beautiful soul." RELATED VIDEOS: Britney Spears Shares a Peek at the Wedding Look, While Fiancée Sam Asghari Says the Date is "Set" After Reconnecting Asghari has been Spears' "rock" ever since, a source told PEOPLE in June 2021. “He makes sure she eats well and works out. He works and also has his own life but is around as much as possible. Can you have two loves of your life because he comes second!!!! " Spears wrote on Instagram at the time. Then, in May, Spears gave fans a glimpse of her wedding day look while introducing her new cat, Wendy. And yes, that's the veil to go with my wedding dress 👰🏼‍♀️!!!" Spears wrote alongside a snap of the cat perched on white tulle fabric. On the same day, Asghari revealed in an Instagram Story that "the big day has been set," apparently in reference to their wedding. RELATED: Sam Asghari thanks fans for support after losing 'Miracle Baby' with Britney Spears Later in May, Spears and Asghari announced in a joint Instagram post that they had 'lost' their baby. Spears first said she was pregnant in April. "It is with our deepest sadness that we have to announce that we lost our miracle baby early in pregnancy," they wrote in the Post. Perhaps we should have waited until we were further along to make the announcement, but we were overly excited to share the good news."

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Britney Spears has married Sam Asghari in an intimate ceremony in Los Angeles

Pop star Britney Spears and her boyfriend of six years have tied the knot seven months after being released from the controversial conservatory. (Author: Gardener)

Britney SpearsDuring a hearing on her controversial conservatorship that took place almost exactly a year ago, on June 23, 2021, Britney Spears delivered a bombshell 30-minute testimony in which she laid out a vision for the future. “I want to develop gradually and I want to have the real business. I want to be able to get married and have a baby.” Today, seven months after the conservatory's dissolution, Spears, 40, is one step closer to making that real deal and has written her own fairy tale, that of marrying Sam Asghari, 28, in a ceremony in Los Angeles, a rep for the actor confirmed to The Hollywood Reporter Thursday night. People reports that the ceremony was "pretty intimate" with nearly 60 guests from her inner circle, while Page Six reported that the guest list included Madonna, Paris Hilton, Drew Barrymore, Donatella Versace, and power attorney Mathew Rosengart, who helped host the Break up the singer's 13-year relationship. year conservatory. “I am very excited that this day has come and that they are married. I'm so grateful to have Sam in my life and can't wait for the future they will build together," Brandon Cohen of BAC Talent, Asghari's representative, told THR. The news shouldn't come as a surprise to any of Spears' supporters as it has drawn on developments over the past few months. On Instagram, a platform that has emerged as her primary source of connecting with her fans and disseminating official communications, Spears posted a picture of a veil and also shared a home visit from Versace, who turned out to have a custom-made gown designed for them the occasion. That comes after an announcement in September 2021 that she and Asghari were engaged. Spears and Asghari reportedly met while filming a music video for their track "Slumber Party" in 2016. In a recent GQ interview, Asghari opened up about their early romance. She was very humble and she had a beautiful soul." She once wrote, "Every day he inspires me to be a better person and it makes me feel like the happiest girl alive!!" She was before married to Jason Alexander (a union that was annulled) and former backup dancer Kevin Federline, with whom she shares two sons, Sean Preston and Jayden James. The day was not without incident. In the afternoon, Alexander was arrested at Spears' property after attempting to crash the wedding. Alexander, who married Spears in a quickie wedding in Las Vegas that lasted just 55 hours in 2004, live-streamed the activity on Instagram. “Britney Spears invited me here. "I'm here to crash the wedding." In another clip, he gains access to a wedding tent with a giant floral backdrop while workers appear to be putting the finishing touches on the event. Cameron Henderson told the Associated Press that officers responded to a trespassing call and arrested Alexander at the location after officers learned of a warrant for his arrest in another county. Rosengart, who was hired by Spears and successfully worked to wind down the conservatory in her favor, confirmed Alexander's arrest and his intention to prosecute him for his actions. In a statement first reported by Page Six, Rosengart said, "I thank the Ventura County Sheriff's Department for their prompt response and good work. I'm working closely with law enforcement to ensure that Mr. Alexander is aggressively prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.” As for the other half of the vision Spears mentions in her testimony, that's still the goal. The couple announced last month that Spears suffered a miscarriage just weeks after confirming they were expecting their first child. "We will continue to try to expand our beautiful family," they said in a joint statement. Asghari then told GQ: "That's just the joy of life I think is the procreation. And that is just a next step.”

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