Mid-Day Ticker: Terry's fit; America, Pachuca nix Arizona friendly and more

Mid-Day Ticker: Terry's fit; America, Pachuca nix Arizona friendly and more

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Mid-Day Ticker: Terry's fit; America, Pachuca nix Arizona friendly and more

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By AVI CREDITOR

The John Terry foot-injury scare was all for nothing.

Tests revealed no serious damage in the Chelsea and English centerback's foot, and Terry has declared himself 100 percent fit for Saturday's FA Cup final against Portsmouth.

Terry collided with Daniel Sturridge in Wednesday's training session and feared the worst – having to miss the cup final and the World Cup. But after tests revealed no structural damage and just bruising, the former England captain returned to training on Thursday.

Terry and Chelsea will look to secure its second piece of silverware this season and its second consecutive FA Cup, while Portsmouth hopes to finish off its dream run in an otherwise dismal season in which the team went into administration and was relegated.

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MEXICAN CLUBS CANCEL ARIZONA FRIENDLY

Club America has pulled out of a slated July friendly with Pachuca citing Arizona's immigration law as its reason.

The match was supposed to be played at the University of Phoenix Stadium on July 7, but Club America has joined a long line of those opposed to the state's new immigration law that is among the most stringent in the country.

BERBATOV RETIRES FROM INTERNATIONAL PLAY

Manchester United striker Dimitar Berbatov has retired from international competition, leaving Bulgaria with a big hole to fill at the forward position.

Berbatov, just 29 years old, is Bulgaria's all-time leading scorer (48), but he was unable to guide the country to a World Cup berth. He cited being "exhausted" and also said that "there are many guys who can emerge from my shadow." 

CARDIFF OUTLASTS LEICESTER IN PKS

Cardiff goalkeeper David Marshall saved two Leicester penalties after the two sides played to a 3-3 aggregate draw, leading his team one step closer to Premier League promotion.

Cardiff hasn't been in the top flight for 48 years, and it will need to get by Blackpool in the League Championship's final playoff round to do so. Cardiff finished the regular season in fourth place, six points clear of Blackpool.

Newcastle and West Brom have already been promoted.

PREMIER LEAGUE RUMOR MILL

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What do you make of Terry's non-injury news? Do you support Club America's decision? Surprised that Berbatov would retire from Bulgaria? Which team would you like to see secure promotion? What do you think about all the Premier League rumblings?

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