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General Abbreviations

Abbreviation Meaning
C Center
CB Cornerback
DB Defensive Back
DE Defensive End
DT Defensive Tackle
FB Full back
K Kicker
LB Linebacker
LS Long Snapper
OL Offensive Lineman
P Punter
QB Quarterback
RB Running Back
S Safety
T Tackle
TE Tight End
WR Wide Receiver
3P Three-point field goals

NBA Abbreviations 

Abbreviation Meaning
Ht Height
L Losses
n/a Not available
No. Sweater number
Pct Percentage
PF Power forward
PG Point guard
Pos Position
Pts Points
R Rookie
Reb Rebounds
S Signed
SD Supplemental round pick (draft)
SF Small forward
SG Shooting guard
Stl Steals
T Traded
TO Turnovers
W Wins; waived
Wt Weight
A Assist

MLB Abbreviations 

Abbreviation Meaning
AB: At-bat
AO: Flyout
App: Appearance
AVG: Batting Average
BB: Walk
BF: Batters Faced
BK: Balk
BS: Blown Save
CG: Complete Game
CS%: Caught Stealing Percentage
DP: Double Play
E: Error
ER: Earned Run
ERA: Earned Run Average
FPCT: Fielding Percentage
G: Games Played
GF: Games Finished
GIDP: Ground Into Double Play
GO: Groundout
GO/AO: Groundout-to-Flyout Ratio
GS: Games Started
GSH: Grand Slam
H: Hit
HBP: Hit-by-pitch
HLD: Hold
HR: Home Run
IBB: Intentional Walk
INN: Innings Played
IR: Inherited Runner
IP: Innings Pitched
L: Loss
LOB: Left On Base
NP: Number of Pitches
O: Out
OBP: On-base Percentage
OFA: Outfield Assist
OPS: On-base Plus Slugging
OPS: On-base Plus Slugging
PA: Plate Appearance
PB: Passed Ball
PK: Pickoff
PO: Putout
QS: Quality Start
R: Run
RBI: Runs Batted In
ROE: Reached On Error
RW: Relief Win
SB: Stolen Base
SB%: Stolen-base Percentage
SV: Save
SVO: Save Opportunity
SV%: Save Percentage
SHO: Shutout
SO, K: Strikeout
SH: Sacrifice Bunt
SF: Sacrifice Fly
SLG: Slugging Percentage
TB: Total Bases
TC: Total Chances
TP: Triple Play
UER: Unearned Run
XBH: Extra-base Hit
WO: Walk-off
2B: Double
1B: Single
3B: Triple

NHL Abbreviations 

Abbreviation Meaning
+/- Plus-minus
A Assists
C Center, Compensation
D Defenseman, drafted
DD Dispersal draft
ED Expansion draft
EN Empty net goals
FA Free agent
G Goals; Goaltenders
GA Goals against
GAA Goals against average
GF Goals for
GP Games played
GPI Games played in
GW Game-winning goals scored
Ht Height
L Losses, left
LW Left wing
n/a Not available
No. Sweater number
Pct Percentage
PIM Penalties in minutes
Pos Position
PPG Power-play goals
PPP Power-play points
Pts Points
PtsPG Points per game
R Rookie, right
RD Re-entered NHL Entry Draft
RT Regulation ties
RW Right wing
S Shots
S% Percentage of shots resulting in goals scored
SD Supplemental round pick (draft)
SHA Shots against
SO Shutouts
SV% Save percentage
T Trade; Ties
UFA Unrestricted free agent
W Wins; waived
WD Waiver draft
Wt Weight