Topical Guides

Topical Guides are provided by the AP Stylebook editors for timely events. Here is the most recent topical guide:

2015 March Madness

The Associated Press compiled a list of essential basketball words, phrases and definitions for coverage of the NCAA Tournament for U.S. college men and women from mid-March through early April. Most terms are from the Sports
Guidelines in the AP Stylebook: http://www.apstylebook.com/. Others are in common usage in AP news stories.
All-America, All-American
The Associated Press recognizes only one All-America team chosen each year by the AP.
March Madness
Capitalized in all references to the yearly college basketball championships for men and women.
NCAA Tournament
Both terms are capitalized. Acceptable in all references to the National Collegiate Athletic Association's championships.
numerals
In general, spell out one through nine in most uses and use figures for 10 or above.
record
Avoid the redundant new record. Correct: The team won 33 games to set a conference record.
teams
Capitalize teams, leagues and nicknames: Kansas, Big Ten, the Wildcats.
time
Use common descriptions for time frames in unless the exact time is truly relevant: Midway through
titles
Job descriptions, team positions and informal titles are lowercase: coach John Calipari. Some other informal titles spelled lowercase: captain, manager, trainer.
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