The most polished, uplifting part of this game happened before the first bounce.
For Melbourne, the season has been reduced to mitigation of its margins of defeats.
Star hurdler Black and Bent will have to wait until Wednesday to try to set an Australian record of 10 wins in a row over jumps after Sunday's Mornington card was abandoned due to overnight rain.
After a treble of Scone stakes winners at the weekend, Anthony Cummings will depend on "only one", but it is not a bad one, when Your Song lines up in Saturday's Doomben 10,000.
Sporting boofheads aren't seen at their best on Twitter, but Michelle Payne isn't one for sitting quietly and taking a baking.
The ACT Brumbies are hopeful George Smith will play at least one more game this year despite a knee injury cruelling his hopes of a historic second chance against the British and Irish Lions.
After his final attempt to secure a NSW jumper for Origin I, Todd Carney maintained he would be better for having played last year.
Tyrone Peachey said he would have liked to ask his uncle, former Sharks fullback David Peachey, what to expect in his NRL debut, which came against Canberra on Sunday.
Round 8 votes for the Age Footballer of the Year.
V8 Supercars champion sweeps V8's first two races in the US.
AFTER a cosy Melbourne weekend getaway? We have it here.