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Marcelo bids farewell to Santiago Bernabeu in Real Madrid's draw with Betis-Sports News, Firstpost

Carlo Ancelotti chose a strong side for Real Madrid's final LaLiga game of the season, but neither team wanted to push themselves. (Author: Gardener)

MarceloCarlo Ancelotti chose a strong side for Real Madrid's final LaLiga game of the season, but neither team wanted to push themselves. Carlo Ancelotti chose a strong side for Real Madrid's final LaLiga game of the season, but neither team wanted to push themselves. Real Madrid's last game before the Champions League final against Liverpool ended in a goalless draw against Real Betis on Friday as Marcelo said goodbye to the Santiago Bernabeu. Carlo Ancelotti chose a strong side for Madrid's final La Liga game of the season, but with the title already firmly established and the final in Paris just around the corner, neither team wanted to push themselves too hard. Marcelo came on as a second-half substitute to a standing ovation and received the captaincy from Karim Benzema, who played the full 90 minutes. Marcelo took the applause from his teammates after the final whistle and left while waving to the stands. "One of the greats of world football is leaving and one of the best full-backs in the world," said Ancelotti. Bale, meanwhile, has been struggling with back problems in recent weeks, the lack of a farewell just the latest anti-climax at the end of his Madrid career, which has been marked by drift and insignificance for too long. "He wanted to say goodbye to the fans but he has one last chance because I think Bale will be good for the final." The draw means Ancelotti's side end the season with 86 points, 13 ahead of Barcelona, ​​who could close the gap if they play Villarreal at home on Sunday. Real Betis are in fifth place, three points ahead of Real Sociedad and have already secured Europa League qualification. The game almost felt like an exhibition at times, less of a league game and more of a cozy end-of-season event. As well as the warmth shown to Marcelo, there was also applause for Isco, who is also out of contract at the end of June, and even for Real Betis' Joaquin, the 40-year-old who comes on as a substitute for his 600th La Liga game in the second period. Ancelotti has picked a strong team that could be the line-up to start against Liverpool, although David Alaba remains injured, meaning he will play his first game in just over a month next weekend if the Austrian is thrown straight back in . "Alaba will be there to play the final," said Ancelotti afterwards. Both teams ran through the first half, with neither side playing with enough intensity to force errors or with enough precision to create clear chances. There were times when Madrid's lethargy gave way to carelessness, with Casemiro being frowned upon by fans and team-mates alike as he rushed a free-kick and then deflected a wild shot from near the halfway line. Benzema had his first real attack early in the second half and finished well with Dani Carvajal's cross, but the shot went straight to Betis goalkeeper Rui Silva. Marcelo, Isco and Joaquin all came on and Joaquin should have scored in the 86th minute.

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Liverpool vs Real Madrid odds, how to watch, live stream, date

Brandt Sutton has given his final 2022 UEFA Champions League predictions for Real Madrid vs Liverpool (Author: Gardener)

Real MadridThe Real Madrid rivalry will be tendered during the 2022 UEFA Champions League final on Saturday 28 May. Los Blancos beat Liverpool in the quarter-finals of last year's competition after opening their two-game set with a 3-1 win. However, it was just two years earlier that Liverpool won their second Champions League title against Tottenham. Real Madrid had won four UCL titles in five years prior to Liverpool's championship. You can see what happens next by streaming the game on Paramount+. The game will kick off at 3 p.m. ET and Caesars Sportsbook list Liverpool as the -101 favorite (risk $101 to win $100) on the 90-minute moneyline in the latest Liverpool vs. Real Madrid odds. The underdog Real Madrid sits at +260 while a regular draw sits at +270. The over-under for all goals scored is 2.5. The game will be streamed live on Paramount+ with their must-have premium plan. Paramount+ now has membership tiers so you can watch the world's hottest football matches and more. The premium plan costs $9.99 per month and you can watch your local CBS live stream, including many sports like the Champions League, Italian Serie A, college hoops and the PGA Tour, ad-free, on-demand and with the Ability to download episodes offline viewing. Both plans come with a free week to start and football matches, so sign up here now. Before you turn on the game, you need to check out football insider Brandt Sutton's Champions League final tips. Sutton was also on the rise with his best bets, going 81-61 in his last 142 football picks and raking in over $2,500 for $100 bettors. For Real Madrid vs Liverpool, Sutton assisted over 2.5 goals scored for a -140 payout. Madrid striker Karim Benzema was deservedly one of the names in conversation for this year's Ballon d'Or and he can be expected to continue his goalscoring streak in the biggest game of his season. He has scored 20 goals in his last 15 appearances and in the only game of the series he has not started, he came on as a substitute in the 60th minute and still found the net. Each have scored two goals in their last three games and as a team, Liverpool have scored six goals in their last three games. In all Champions League games this season, Real Madrid have scored the most shots on goal with 62 shots on goal. Liverpool didn't have to deal with quite as many shots but have saved just 51.9 per cent of skillful shots, the lowest percentage of any team in UCL play. Paramount+ and CBS Sports have made you a premier destination for US soccer fans with over 2,000 live games per year including the UEFA Champions League, UEFA Europa League, UEFA Europa Conference League, UEFA Super Cup and UEFA Youth League. You can also stream the UEFA Women's World Cup, NWSL, Italian Serie A and Coppa Italia qualifiers; Argentina's Liga Profesional de Fútbol; Brazil's Campeonato Brasileirão Série A, the Scottish Professional Football League and Asian Football Confederation competitions. Stream now for free. Paramount+ is your football streaming home.

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Real Madrid sign deal worth $380m for Bernabéu management

MADRID (AP) - Real Madrid have signed a stadium management deal for the Santiago Bernabéu worth 360 million euros ($381 million), the club announced on Thursday. The agreement was reached with investment firm Sixth Street and "experience company" Legends, which specializes in organizing sporting and other events and is partially owned by Sixth Street. The deal with the US-based companies comes as Madrid are close to signing forward Kylian from Paris Saint-Germain... (Author: Gardener)

Real MadridReal Madrid's players celebrate after the Champions League semifinal, second leg, soccer match between Real Madrid and Manchester City at Santiago Bernabeu stadium in Madrid, Spain, Wednesday, May 4, 2022. MADRID (AP) - Real Madrid has a Stadion signs a €360m ($381m) management deal for the Santiago Bernabéu, the club announced on Thursday. The agreement was reached with investment firm Sixth Street and "experience company" Legends, which specializes in organizing sporting and other events and is partially owned by Sixth Street. The S.-based companies are coming with Madrid on the verge of signing Paris Saint-Germain striker Kylian Mbappé, who would come as a free agent but is making a club-record salary. One of football's top stars, 23-year-old Mbappé's contract with PSG expires at the end of this season. Real Madrid said the money from the deal could be invested in "all the club's activities". Madrid haven't signed any top players in recent transfer windows and currently hold the highest spending cap in the league at €739m ($783m). The club won a record-breaking 35th Spanish league title this season and will look to win a record-breaking 14th European title when they take on Liverpool in the Champions League final in Paris on May 28. Real Madrid's goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois celebrates after the Champions League semi-final, second leg soccer match between Real Madrid and Manchester City at the Santiago Bernabeu in Madrid, Spain, Wednesday, May 4, 2022. (AP Photo/Bernat Armangue) (AP Photo/Bernat Armangue) Sixth Street acquired the right to participate in the operation of certain new stores at the Bernabéu for 20 years, Madrid said. "This alliance with Sixth Street and Legends, world leaders in their respective disciplines, will be fundamental to offering unique experiences in a stadium that can host multiple events throughout the year," Madrid said in a statement. Real Madrid players celebrate the Champions League semi-final second leg match between Real Madrid and Manchester City at Santiago Bernabeu stadium in Madrid, Spain on Wednesday, May 4, 2022. (AP Photo/Manu Fernandez) Sixth Street said it manages over $60 billion in assets worldwide and is also affiliated with the San Antonio Spurs in the NBA, as well as Airbnb and Spotify. Last year, it invested a majority stake in Legends, which was formed in 2008 by affiliates of the New York Yankees and Dallas Cowboys. "Real Madrid's Santiago Bernabéu is sacred ground in the world of football and we are honored to join this partnership to invest in the innovative, long-term strategic vision that has guided the club's enduring success throughout its turbulent history" said Alan Waxman , co-founder and CEO of Sixth Street. The Bernabéu is undergoing a major refurbishment, adding a new roof, modern video screens and a retractable field in a project expected to cost almost 1 billion euros ($1.05 billion). The goal was to have it completed by the end of the year. Last season the team played at the small Alfredo Di Stéfano stadium at the club's training centre. Madrid rivals Barcelona are also set to refurbish their Camp Nou stadium. The company recently inked a deal with streaming company Spotify for the naming rights to the venue, which is said to be worth €400 million ($424 million) over 12 seasons. Barcelona and Madrid have not joined the Spanish league's deal with private equity firm CVC, which will bring around €2 billion ($2.1 billion) in investments to Spanish clubs.

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The Celtics Heat series lacks drama, but maybe that's not such a bad thing

Boston-Miami has so far featured more blowouts than actual drama, which Charlotte Wilder is fine with — as long as her Celtics win. (Author: Gardener)

BostonThe NBA is known for being the most dramatic league in sports, and the most entertaining players make great performers. Like all big reality stars, athletes tease each other with veiled subtweets, call each other not-so-veiled TV appearances, wear phenomenal outfits as they come and go to games, flop to appear injured and pull fouls, and make out then funny from each other for that. Then, of course, there are the games themselves. What could be more breathtaking than watching 35-year-old Al Horford warp space and time as he dives the entire Milwaukee Bucks team back to Boston at the Fiserv Forum? While Round 2 has brought us plenty of gossip in the west and tight games in the east, the conference finals have yet to really get going. On Tuesday night, the Heat defeated the Celtics 118-107 after Boston gave up a lead (a habit that brings Celtics fans back to January nightmares). On Thursday, Boston beat Miami in the butt, 127-102. They know it's bad when the announcers spend most of the fourth quarter talking about coaching philosophies while both teams empty their benches. Indeed, college football overtook the NBA in the acting department this week when Alabama King Nick Saban decided to roll the 'mutually assured destruction' thing and call out Jimbo Fisher, who said his Aggies were 'bought "Every player would have on their team." Watching the episodes was better than an episode of Selling Sunset. The stakes are already high when it comes to a trip to the Finals, but I also want them to be messy and entertaining, thank you very much The only part of Game 1 that I found enjoyable as a Celtics fan was Marcus Smart's beautiful outfit, which appeared to be Christian Dior and looked like the most luxurious, silky millennial pink bandana I've ever worn (if I had money from NBA players I would have bought it yesterday. Smart wore it of course because he wasn't wearing his uniform because he wasn't playing. With a sprained foot he was still the team glue , who he always was, coached the boys on the bench and got up first to celebrate baskets. Still, the Heat absolutely dominated the Celtics. Both Miami and Boston -- Nos. 1 and 2 respectively -- play defense like defending a dug-out South Boston parking lot: with great determination, persistence and unrelenting pressure. But Boston looked like a shell of itself in Game 1. The boys seemed tired after a seven-game fight with the Bucks, and Horford not only missed Smart, but also couldn't get dressed because of COVID protocols had entered. Seeing Boston without Smart and Horford was a bizarre experience as a Boston fan. It was like Mom and Dad were watching Thanksgiving through a window while the kids — Jaylen Brown, Jayson Tatum, Grant Williams, etc. — tried to roast the turkey. But when Mom and Dad got back, dinner was served in Game 2. At halftime, the Celtics held the widest lead they've had on the road in their long postseason history, 70-45. Afterwards, Smart said that Tatum and Brown put a lot of pressure on themselves and that he and Horford take it upon themselves to lead the team. "I was thrilled," Smart said of the win. "They tried to embarrass us," Miami star Jimmy Butler said after losing at home. I think we have to recognize that, use it as fuel, whatever you want to say, but recognize that when you're playing against a really good team like them, who can get the ball and stop it, the game can get out of hand. "I've talked about stars and drama, but maybe I'm kidding myself. Maybe I really want quiet confidence and a well-executed plan that Celtics coach Ime Udoka offers. His work this year is remarkable - this is only his first season as head coach and he has already managed to turn over a team that was ranked 10th in January to give them the best chance of winning the Finals, since I would argue Boston's last championship in 2008. Thursday was a statement that Udoka wins. He devised a game plan to ensure the Celtics defense would NOT let Miami park in their scooped-out spot. The Celtics worked like a rug on the Heat, wiping out any chance Miami would warm up an offense that could set something in motion Udoka seemed to settle everything after an ea rly timeout in Game 2 when Miami led 18-8. Thursday was a statement win for Boston. They go home in a tie this weekend, which is obviously a much better place to play than trying to dig out of a two-game hole. The team is now up 5-2 this postseason. When it comes to the teams we cheer for, maybe we should hope things are as boring as possible as long as the bottom line is a W. If the Celtics keep winning, I'll leave the drama to college football. She's honored to represent the perennially neglected Boston area in the sports media, loves speaking to sports fans about her feelings, and loves eating a hot dog at a ballpark or nachos at a stadium.

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3 things we learned from Game 2 of Thursday's Celtics-Heat Eastern Conference Finals

The Boston Celtics defeated the Miami Heat 127-102 away in Game 2 of the Eastern Conference Finals on Thursday to level that series 1-1 before heading to Boston. (Author: Gardener)

Game 2 of Thursday'sAfter losing Game 1 of this Eastern Conference Finals series by 11 points to the Miami Heat, the Boston Celtics rebounded massively in Game 2 on Thursday. The Celtics won Game 2 of that series 127-102, beating the Heat by 25 points and really controlling this game from the start. Miami started the game hot, taking an early 18-10 lead in the first five to six minutes of the game, but then Boston really got going, especially from the three-point range. For the game, the Celtics shot 20-40 (50%) from three-point range, made nine more three-pointers than they had a game before and topped the Heat from deep by 30 points that game. Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown combined in Game 2 8-13 (61.5%) from three-point range, but it was Marcus Smart's play that really got the Celtics up at both ends of the court. After missing Game 1 with a sprained foot, Smart prepared for Game 2 on Thursday and delivered for Boston, going 5-12 from three-point range and scoring 24 points. From offense to defense and defense to offense, the Celtics controlled the pace of this game all night and nobody but Jimmy Butler on the heat list was able to settle down and get anything going. Here's what we learned from the Celtics' Game 2 win over Thursday's heat. Marcus Smart was named Defensive Player of the Year this season, and rightly so as one of the top all-around defensemen of the regular season. In Game 2, Smart was the most active player on the floor for Boston and did a little bit of everything to help his team win. Smart finished the game with 24 points on 5-12 shots from deep, 9 rebounds, 12 assists, 3 steals and a block. From offense to defense, Marcus Smart gave the Celtics 40 great minutes and proved to be their best player on the floor in his team's victory. Throughout the year, Smart has emerged as the Celtics' main agent and point guard, relieving a lot of pressure on Jaylen Brown and Jayson Tatum to do everything for this team. With him out of the Game 1 rotation, Tatum and Brown were really the only playmakers the Celtics had, allowing the Heat to constantly attack them and force some unnecessary turnovers. Smart's value to this team goes well beyond his contributions to defense and if he can continue to be a factor shooting from the perimeter the Celtics will have the upper hand this series. Remember how we talked about that little guard at the end of the Celtics bench after Game 1 of this series? If you look back at his tape from his Oregon days, it's very clear that the young guard is more than capable of being a key three-point scorer off the bench in this league. So far in the postseason, Pritchard has hit double digits off the bench in a total of five games, including 10 points in Thursday's 2-6 from deep against the Heat. During the regular season, Payton Pritchard only scored at least 10 points 19 times! In the Celtics' last three games, Pritchard is now averaging 14.0 points per game on 10-23 (43.5%) shots from three-point range. A real shot threat off the bench, the Celtics have put a lot of faith in the young guard and he has delivered for them so far. Marcus Smart missed Game 1 with a foot injury and Pritchard went up by 18 points. Derrick White missed Game 2 due to the birth of his first child, congratulations to Derrick and his wife by the way, and Pritchard came off the bench with 10 points. Payton Pritchard is key to the Celtics not only winning this series against the Heat, but also winning the NBA Finals. His offensive contributions take a lot of the pressure off Boston's stars, and since they're one of the teams with the worst bench scorers in the league, every bit of production Pritchard gives the Celtics gives them a massive advantage up front. Look, Jimmy Butler can go out and put on a show for the Miami Heat like he's been doing all offseason, but what really makes this series between the Heat and the Celtics is that key third star. Butler will get his baskets for Miami and Tatum will get his baskets for Boston, but who will emerge as the third guy in this series? Maybe it will be Jaylen Brown for the Celtics, but it has to be Bam Adebayo for the Heat if they want to return to the NBA Finals and have a shot at a title. Credit the Celtics' defense for his struggles early in this series, but Bam Adebayo needs to take the initiative to be aggressive and score at the offensive end of the ground in Games 3 and 4 of this series in Boston, especially since the Celtics now a little momentum after handing the Heat their first home loss of the playoffs. So far in Games 1 and 2, Adebayo has averaged 16 points on 6-10 shooting and only 13 total rebounds. Tyler Herro, Max Strus and other second-place scorers can only do so much for Miami, and with Jimmy Butler unlikely to score 40 points every night and fill the gap for Bam Adebayo, this team needs their second All-Star to truly step up. * Eastern Conference Finals: Jimmy Butler Lives For These Moments: All-star Jimmy Butler dominantly led the Miami Heat to a Game 1 victory of the Eastern Conference Finals over the Boston Celtics on Tuesday night, proving he was "all-in" is 'on winning a championship this season. * Jimmy Butler's brave post-Game 2 quote: Jimmy Butler caught up with the media after the Miami Heat lost Game 2 to the Boston Celtics on Thursday night.

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3 things we learned from Game 2 of Thursday's Celtics-Heat Eastern Conference Finals

The Boston Celtics defeated the Miami Heat 127-102 away in Game 2 of the Eastern Conference Finals on Thursday to level that series 1-1 before heading to Boston. (Author: Gardener)

Game 2 of Thursday'sThe Boston Celtics defeated the Miami Heat 127-102 away in Game 2 of the Eastern Conference Finals on Thursday to level that series 1-1 before heading to Boston. After losing Game 1 of this Eastern Conference Finals series by 11 points to the Miami Heat, the Boston Celtics rebounded massively in Game 2 on Thursday. The Celtics won Game 2 of that series 127-102, beating the Heat by 25 points and really controlling this game from the start. Miami started the game hot, taking an early 18-10 lead in the first five to six minutes of the game, but then Boston really got going, especially from the three-point range. For the game, the Celtics shot 20-40 (50%) from three-point range, made nine more three-pointers than they had a game before and topped the Heat from deep by 30 points that game. Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown combined in Game 2 8-13 (61.5%) from three-point range, but it was Marcus Smart's play that really got the Celtics up at both ends of the court. After missing Game 1 with a sprained foot, Smart prepared for Game 2 on Thursday and delivered for Boston, going 5-12 from three-point range and scoring 24 points. From offense to defense and defense to offense, the Celtics controlled the pace of this game all night and nobody but Jimmy Butler on the heat list was able to settle down and get anything going. Here's what we learned from the Celtics' Game 2 win over Thursday's heat. Marcus Smart was named Defensive Player of the Year this season, and rightly so as one of the top all-around defensemen of the regular season. In Game 2, Smart was the most active player on the floor for Boston and did a little bit of everything to help his team win. Smart finished the game with 24 points on 5-12 shots from deep, 9 rebounds, 12 assists, 3 steals and a block. From offense to defense, Marcus Smart gave the Celtics 40 great minutes and proved to be their best player on the floor in his team's victory. Throughout the year, Smart has emerged as the Celtics' main agent and point guard, relieving a lot of pressure on Jaylen Brown and Jayson Tatum to do everything for this team. With him out of the Game 1 rotation, Tatum and Brown were really the only playmakers the Celtics had, allowing the Heat to constantly attack them and force some unnecessary turnovers. Smart's value to this team goes well beyond his contributions to defense and if he can continue to be a factor shooting from the perimeter the Celtics will have the upper hand this series. Remember how we talked about that little guard at the end of the Celtics bench after Game 1 of this series? If you look back at his tape from his Oregon days, it's very clear that the young guard is more than capable of being a key three-point scorer off the bench in this league. So far in the postseason, Pritchard has hit double digits off the bench in a total of five games, including 10 points in Thursday's 2-6 from deep against the Heat. During the regular season, Payton Pritchard only scored at least 10 points 19 times! In the Celtics' last three games, Pritchard is now averaging 14.0 points per game on 10-23 (43.5%) shots from three-point range. A real shot threat off the bench, the Celtics have put a lot of faith in the young guard and he has delivered for them so far. Marcus Smart missed Game 1 with a foot injury and Pritchard went up by 18 points. Derrick White missed Game 2 due to the birth of his first child, congratulations to Derrick and his wife by the way, and Pritchard came off the bench with 10 points. Payton Pritchard is key to the Celtics not only winning this series against the Heat, but also winning the NBA Finals. His offensive contributions take a lot of the pressure off Boston's stars, and since they're one of the teams with the worst bench scorers in the league, every bit of production Pritchard gives the Celtics gives them a massive advantage up front. Look, Jimmy Butler can go out and put on a show for the Miami Heat like he's been doing all offseason, but what really makes this series between the Heat and the Celtics is that key third star. Butler will get his baskets for Miami and Tatum will get his baskets for Boston, but who will emerge as the third guy in this series? Maybe it will be Jaylen Brown for the Celtics, but it has to be Bam Adebayo for the Heat if they want to return to the NBA Finals and have a shot at a title. Credit the Celtics' defense for his struggles early in this series, but Bam Adebayo needs to take the initiative to be aggressive and score at the offensive end of the ground in Games 3 and 4 of this series in Boston, especially since the Celtics now a little momentum after handing the Heat their first home loss of the playoffs. So far in Games 1 and 2, Adebayo has averaged 16 points on 6-10 shooting and only 13 total rebounds. Tyler Herro, Max Strus and other second-place scorers can only do so much for Miami, and with Jimmy Butler unlikely to score 40 points every night and fill the gap for Bam Adebayo, this team needs their second All-Star to truly step up. * Eastern Conference Finals: Jimmy Butler Lives For These Moments: All-star Jimmy Butler dominantly led the Miami Heat to a Game 1 victory of the Eastern Conference Finals over the Boston Celtics on Tuesday night, proving he was "all-in" is 'on winning a championship this season. * Jimmy Butler's brave post-Game 2 quote: Jimmy Butler caught up with the media after the Miami Heat lost Game 2 to the Boston Celtics on Thursday night.

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1. Photos of the singer about 6 days after giving birth

Just six days after giving birth to a baby boy, Rihanna was photographed in public for the first time on May 19. (Author: Gardener)

about 6 daysRihanna donned an oversized sweatshirt and black sweatpants for her first outing since giving birth on May 13. In the photos below, Ri can be seen getting into the back seat of a black SUV in Los Angeles on May 19, just six days later as she greeted her baby boy. She was seen in the pictures with a bodyguard, with her little one and her partner A$AP Rocky, nowhere to be seen. Rihanna and A$AP have been silent since the birth of their baby boy and have yet to reveal his name or share a photo of him. However, since confirming her pregnancy in January 2022, Rihanna hasn't been shy about being in the public eye! Rihanna has been showing off her bare baby bump in a variety of outfits over the past few months and has been lauded for her confident and bold maternity looks. This is the first child for Rihanna and A$AP Rocky. The longtime friends and collaborators quietly began dating in early 2020, and their romance blossomed later that year amid the coronavirus quarantine. While isolated from the public eye, Rihanna and A$AP began laying a foundation for a family forever. They toured the country together in the summer of 2020 and by the end of the year they had gone fully public with their romance when she took him to Barbados for the holidays. Interestingly, even after giving birth, Rihanna had a little blast from the past. Her ex, Chris Brown, took to Instagram to congratulate her on the baby news.

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Harry Styles, A$AP Rocky & Rihanna, Bad Bunny, Taylor Swift, Ciara and More of the Week's Biggest Winners (May 20)

From A$AP Rocky and Rihanna's new baby to Harry Styles' new album, take a look at the "awards" Billboard gave out in the headlines this week. (Author: Gardener)

Harry StylesHarry Styles delivers his new album Harry's House, Taylor Swift delivers NYU graduation speech and Rihanna gives birth to her first son, A$AP Rocky. But this week's delivery of good news doesn't stop there. Olivia Rodrigo, BTS and Drake were among the record winners at the 2022 Billboard Music Awards. And Bad Bunny's latest album, Un Verano Sin Ti, is breaking a plethora of Billboard chart records after debuting at No. 1 on the Billboard 200. Funniest music news: Brandy has had the best reaction to Jack Harlow just finding out she and Ray J are siblings after Harlow made waves on the internet last week for his latest discovery that Brandy and Ray J are siblings (surprise surprise!). the Vocal Bible to hear some important words for the young rapper. Although he was reportedly born on May 13, the news came fashionably late on Thursday (May 19). The 2022 Billboard Music Awards returned to Las Vegas on Sunday (May 15) and it certainly wasn't something to miss. Olivia Rodrigo was the night's biggest winner with seven awards, Machine Gun Kelly dedicated his performance to his "wife" Megan Fox and his "unborn child", Janet Jackson presented Mary J. Blige with the Icon Award and host Diddy brought out a slew of awards Surprise guests, from Jack Harlow to Teyana Taylor. Splashiest Music News: Ciara Stuns on the Cover of Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Ciara is the third musician to grace the cover of Sports Illustrated Swimsuit, following Beyoncé and Megan Thee Stallion. Kim Kardashian is another of this year's cover stars, revealed on Monday (May 16). See Ciara and Kim's spectacular covers here. Bad Bunny's new album Un Verano Sin Ti debuts at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 with 274,000 album units earned, according to Luminate -- the largest weekly total for an album this year. Un Verano Sin Ti also tops the Best Latin Albums and Latin Rhythm Albums charts. Find out more about his chart successes here, here and here. Now call her Dr. Taylor Allison Swift! Read the full transcript of Swift's graduation speech here, as well as the seven Class 22 lessons here. You'll know Harry Styles is back when he appears on the TODAY Show's annual summer concert series! A day after teasing the new tracks on stage in the middle of New York's Rockefeller Center, the pop superstar finally released his third studio album, Harry's House, on Friday (May 20) - and the Harries will definitely be listening in their houses to the project Repetition. Listen to Harry's House here, see his latest interview about the new album here, and read our staff's picks for the seven key tracks from the set here. Click here to read the full article.

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Rihanna Gives Birth to Baby Boy With A$AP Rocky (Report)

Rihanna gave birth to her first child, a boy, on May 13 with partner A$AP Rocky. The news was reported on May 19. (Author: Gardener)

Rihanna Gives BirthRihanna is a mom! On May 13, the superstar gave birth to her first child, a boy, with partner A$AP Rocky. The news was only released on May 19 when TMZ broke the news, which was later confirmed by People. The superstar first announced her pregnancy in late January after she and rapper "Fashion Killa" were spotted holding hands on a casual stroll in the snow in New York City. Since then, RiRi has spent the last few months elevating maternity style, releasing ensemble after ensemble of runway-ready looks at Milan Fashion Week, Paris Fashion Week and beyond. In an April cover story for Vogue, slash singer Fenty Mogul flaunted not only her baby bump but also her approach to pregnancy style, saying, "I hope we've been able to redefine what counts as 'decent' for pregnant women. My body is doing incredible things right now and I'm not going to be ashamed of that. This time should feel celebratory. Because why would you hide your pregnancy?” 'Heartstopper' renewed for seasons 2 and 3 on Netflix Jackson says the 'SNL' star 'banned' him from the show I wouldn't say planning. But definitely don't plan against it. During her last trimester, Rihanna also weathered more than enough drama, from viral rumors that Rocky had cheated on her with fashion designer Amina Muaddi (who immediately dismissed the allegations as "fake gossip") to her rapper Beau's arrest in April with a November 2021 shoot in L. Meanwhile, shortly after revealing her baby bump, the Barbados-born star reassured fans that her long-awaited follow-up to 2016's Anti is still on the way. She joked in February, "My fans would kill me if they waited that long for a lullaby." This story first appeared on Billboard.com.

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Chris Brown just publicly congratulated Rihanna on her baby - he "didn't feel comfortable" reaching out in person

He didn't want to start "drama" with ASAP Rocky. (Author: Gardener)

Chris BrownChris Brown congratulated Rhianna's baby on Instagram. The Breezy singer posted to his Instagram story on May 19, 2022, right after TMZ reported that the Barbados singer had given birth to a baby boy. Chris posted a story containing only text and emojis that appeared to be addressed to his ex-girlfriend. "Congratulations," said the story with a pregnant woman emoji and heart and prayer hands emojis. The now-deleted story left fans speculating as to what Rihanna and Chris' relationship is like now. An insider close to Chris revealed to HollywoodLife on May 20, 2022 that Chris just wanted to wish Rihanna and her current partner A$AP Rocky the best with their newborn baby. "Posting in his story is his way of reaching out while still being respectful," the insider shared. "He knows she'll hear about it and he's sure she'll be happy because he's letting her and the world know he's sending nothing but good vibes and yes, Chris is really happy for her. There was a time when he would have had a hard time dealing with Rihanna having a baby with another man, but now he's all grown up, all the baggage is behind him. Now it's nothing but love and respect.” Chris knows his boundaries with Rihanna following their public breakup. The insider continued, "Becoming a parent has been the greatest gift Chris has ever experienced and he knows Rihanna will experience the same feelings. He didn't feel comfortable texting her, so he thought it appropriate to take to social media to congratulate her and Rocky. He's not trying to step on her toes, he's genuinely happy for her and just wanted to do his best.” The two reunited briefly in 2012 but split permanently in 2013. Rihanna called Chris the "love of her life" in a conversation with Oprah Winfrey on Oprah's Supersoul Conversation in 2019. "He's in a relationship of his own," Rihanna said. It hasn't been easy.” Chris has since given birth to three children of her own, Royalty, 7, Aeko Catori, 2, and Lovely Symphani, born in 2022. Rihanna announced her pregnancy with current boyfriend A$AP Rocky in January 2022 with a photoshoot in Harlem. According to TMZ, she gave birth to a healthy baby boy on May 19, 2022.

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