CINEMA: Nice Guys Finish First

The studios score big with a crop of feel-good sports movies in which happy endings are never in doubt

EVERY SPORTING EVENT IS a suspense thriller. No one knows who will win, unless it's the Super Bowl and the Bills are in it. But when Hollywood plays the big game, nice guys always finish first. The Cleveland Indians will take the American League pennant -- not on the field this year, perhaps, but in Major League II. A ragtag rainbow coalition of teens will win a junior hockey championship in D2 The Mighty Ducks. Whether the game is big-time baseball (Rookie of the Year, Mr. Baseball) or college football (The Program, Rudy), basketball on the campus (Blue Chips) or on...

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