1. Australian cycling great Stuart O’Grady has admitted to taking banned substances before competing in the 1998 Tour De France. O’Grady – who only recently announced his retirement from the sport – told The Adelaide Advertiser: “Leading into the Tour I made a decision, I sourced it (EPO) myself, there was no one else involved, it didn’t involve the team in any way.”
“The hardest part of all this is I did it for two weeks before the Tour de France. I used extremely cautious amounts because I’d heard a lot of horror stories and did the absolute minimum of what I hoped would get me through,” he said. O’Grady won medals at three Olympic Games over the course of his career.
2. The death toll from yesterday’s asylum seeker boat sinking off the coast of Java has risen to nine. The deceased includes a baby boy, four children and a pregnant woman. It is believed that 189 of the 204 people on board have been rescued.
3. The Royal Baby name has been revealed. The baby, who was born two days ago at London’s St Mary’s hospital, will be named George Alexander Louis. In other royal news, it’s been reported that the Queen has visited Kensington Palace to meet her new great-grandson.
4. A New York mayoral candidate – the unbelievably named Anthony Weiner – has admitted that he had sent lewd photos exposing himself to a young woman, while using the alias “Carlos Danger”. The story is particularly shocking because Weiner was forced to resign from his previous position in Congress in 2011, due to a similar sexting scandal. Mr Weiner appealed to New York voters to “give [him] a second chance.” His wife told the media: “I love him, I have forgiven him, I believe in him.”