Sports in Brief: Maple Leafs most valuable NHL team

Posted: November 29, 2012

The Flyers are worth $336 million, according to Forbes magazine, but that puts them eighth behind Toronto - the most valuable of the 30 NHL teams.

The Maple Leafs are the first NHL team worth $1 billion, the magazine reported. The top-ranking Leafs, who have not won the Stanley Cup since 1967, are worth $250 million more than the next most-valuable franchise, the New York Rangers. The Montreal Canadiens are third at $575 million.

Least valuable are the St. Louis Blues at $130 million.

Forbes says the NHL's total revenues were $3.4 billion for the 2011-12 season. Helped by that 9 percent increase, the average NHL team is worth $282 million, 18 percent more than a year ago.

The Leafs, Rangers (last Stanley Cup in 1994), and Canadiens (last title in 1993) account for 83 percent of the league's income.

COLLEGE FOOTBALL: Former Notre Dame coach Ara Parseghian will be honored Dec. 6 by the National College Football Awards Association for his contribution to the sport.

Parseghian, 89, coached the Irish from 1964 to 1974, leading them to national championships in 1966 and 1973. He had a 95-17-4 record in 11 seasons.

Louisiana State football coach Les Miles has a new seven-year contract that runs through 2019. A person familiar with the deal said that Miles' new annual pay will be in the range of $4.3 million. He has an 85-20 record with one national title since arriving at LSU in 2005.

SOCCER: Manchester United's Robin van Persie scored 32 seconds into the game as the English Premier League leaders beat visiting West Ham, 1-0.

GOLF: Worried that players will use long putters as an advantage instead of a last resort, the U.S. Golf Association and the Royal & Ancient Golf Club proposed a rule that would take effect in 2016. Players would not be allowed to anchor the bell putter, or broom-handle putter, as they do now.

ARENA FOOTBALL: Soul center Brennen Carvalho, a former all-Arena League player, agreed to terms of a one-year contract with the team.

TRACK AND FIELD: The Drake Relays says it is offering more than $500,000 in prize money in 2013 for a series of rematches from the London Olympics.

South African double-amputee Oscar Pistorious is slated to run in Iowa .

- Staff and wire reports

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