China drop 'thug' player

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Dec 3 (Reuters) - Sports news in brief from around the world:

Cycling - Athens Olympics road race champion Sara Carrigan has retired from professional cycling to concentrate on her university studies.

The 28-year-old Australian, who outsprinted Germany's Judith Arndt in the final 100 metres to win the gold medal in Athens, finished 38th in Beijing.

"I'm in it to be the best and if I feel I don't have that kind of focus or commitment to win and conquer all, it is the right time for me to walk away," she said in a statement on Wednesday.

Soccer - Mao Jianqing, the Shanghai Shenhua and China winger detained by police after an attack on a man in a restaurant on Monday, will not be selected for next week's national team training camp, state media reported.

"A player with such bad conduct does not deserve the honour of the national team...he brought disgrace to Chinese football. The national team is not a place for thugs," a Chinese soccer federation official told Xinhua. (Editing by Nick Mulvenney)