Here are the top transfer-related stories in Wednesday’s newspapers and online…Manchester United have made an increased £28million move for Henrikh Mkhitaryan. The Old Trafford giants have upped the ante in their attempts to land the Borussia Dortmund midfielder with a significantly improved second offer. And there is increasing confidence a deal for Mkhitaryan will be agreed. (Daily Mirror)Chelsea have made their move for Napoli defender Kalidou Koulibaly with a £19.2million bid. The Blues are huge fans of the 24-year-old centre-back. But Napoli want £30million for their Senegalese centre-back and have already rejected Chelsea’s offer. (Daily Mirror)Willian is set to sign a bumper new contract at Chelsea. And that will be bad news for his former boss Jose Mourinho, who was desperate to take the Brazilian to Manchester United. (The Sun)Real Madrid have slapped a staggering £60m price tag on Alvaro Morata after taking advantage of a clause to re-sign the striker from Juventus. It has already scared off Arsenal who believe that is way too much and it could leave a straight fight between Manchester United and Chelsea. (Daily Mirror)Gareth Bale will return to Spain after the European Championship to a ‘contract for life’ at Real Madrid. The news will scupper the interest from Premier League powerhouses but shows once again the growing presence of Bale as one of the world’s very best players. (Daily Mail)Jurgen Klopp is keen to bring Real Madrid youngster Martin Odegaard to Liverpool. The German boss is ready to bring in a host of fresh talent during his first summer transfer window in charge of the club. And Klopp is interested in young midfielder Odegaard. (Daily Express)Liverpool have no intention of joining the race to sign Newcastle United winger Andros Townsend. The Reds have been linked with a move for the England international, who has a £10.5million buyout clause. However, Jurgen Klopp is not in for Townsend and is instead keen on securing the services of Southampton’s Sadio Mane, who would command a fee of around £30million. (Liverpool Echo)Borussia Moenchengladbach are prepared to break their £11.5m transfer record to sign Chelsea youngster Andreas Christensen permanently. (Daily Mirror)Manchester City want to sign Schalke wonderkid Leroy Sane by tomorrow – but Bayern Munich are holding up the deal. The German star’s representatives have been holding talks with Schalke since yesterday to finalise the £40m move. Bayern have made a last-ditched attempt to snap-up the 20-year-old – but don’t want to sign him until next season. (The Sun)Juventus have confirmed that they are yet to receive any bids for Manchester Unitedand Real Madrid target Paul Pogba. (Daily Mirror)Nice midfielder Nampalys Mendy has had a medical with Leicester ahead of a £12million move. Foxes boss Claudio Ranieri is also pursuing a move for £12.7million Juventus midfielder Mario Lemina. (Daily Mirror)Watford remain determined to keep Troy Deeney from joining Leicester and have reiterated the striker is not for sale following a meeting on Tuesday. The Hornets have rejected two bids for their captain from the Foxes after turning down Leicester’s latest offer of £25million offer at the weekend. (Daily Mail)West Ham have had a £2.3million bid rejected for Besiktas midfielder Atiba Hutchinson. (Daily Mirror)Blackburn Rovers are in talks over a move for former Manchester United midfielder Nick Powell. The 22-year-old was released by United at the end of the season and is available as a free agent. (Daily Mail)And here are the latest talkSPORT.com headlines…?Zlatan transfer latest: Striker has already SIGNED for Manchester United, talkSPORT toldChelsea transfer latest: Blues join West Ham and Everton in chase for Juventus misfit striker Simone ZazaNuri Sahin set for Jurgen Klopp reunion at Liverpool? Galatasaray also interested in Borussia Dortmund misfitNewcastle transfer news: Napoli and Roma readying moves for Magpies star Moussa SissokoManchester United transfer news: Red Devils rivalling Inter Milan for Ezequiel Garay
AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE11 theater productions to see in Southern California this week, Dec. 27-Jan. 2“When teachers are looking at the pressures of the day and everything on their plates to teach, I don’t think they consciously leave physical education out. It just sometimes gets pushed off the plate,” said Ronni Ephraim, LAUSD’s chief instructional officer for elementary programs. The district has launched a training program to help elementary school teachers incorporate physical education into a school day already crowded with required academic subjects, she said. For example, a teacher could have students go out for a run and then calculate their heart rate as part of a science lesson. Elementary school teachers are required to devote 2 1/2 hours a day to language-arts instruction and an hour to math, in addition to science, social studies, health education and other subjects, Ephraim said. And more than half of the district’s elementary school students are English-language learners who require additional instruction. Despite its campaign against childhood obesity, the Los Angeles Unified School District failed to provide its elementary students with the minimum amount of physical education mandated by the state, a study released today says. The report, “Dropping the Ball,” found that 51 percent of 73 California school districts with elementary students failed to provide youngsters with 200 minutes of physical education every 10 days – or an average of 20 minutes a day. “Our priorities are tragically skewed,” said Harold Goldstein, executive director of the California Center for Public Health Advocacy, which examined data provided by the state Department of Education. “We’re in the midst of a severe and growing childhood obesity epidemic, and yet most of our children are missing out on even the most basic school physical-activity opportunities.” Ironically, L.A. Unified was among the first to ban soda and junk food on its campuses to curb childhood obesity. But administrators say they’ve had to sacrifice physical education while beefing up efforts to improve academic achievement. “To close the achievement gap,” Ephraim said, “we have to give kids more time.” The additional teacher training will help, but it might take the district a couple of years to come fully into compliance, she said. Because the state Department of Education has been monitoring compliance for only two years, it is concentrating its efforts on bringing districts into compliance rather than issuing penalties, said Rosie Thomas, compliance oversight manager for the department. The problem is compounded by the fact that few elementary teachers have adequate training to teach physical education. Even so, schools need to make it more of a priority, Goldstein said. “Physical education is the ugly stepchild in California public schools,” he said. “There are children who need additional assistance – in learning language, for example – but that doesn’t mean the time should be taken away from physical education. … If physical education became a higher priority, students in LAUSD would do better academically. It’s not either-or. It’s both.” Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger has proposed spending $85 million to improve physical education in kindergarten through eighth grade, but the state Legislature wants to allocate that money as block grants schools could use as they please, Goldstein said. “The governor has thrown a touchdown pass,” he said, “and the Legislature is about to drop the ball.” [email protected] (818) 713-3663160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!