SPORTSCENTURY: SONNY LISTON
ESPNCLASSIC 8 PM
A brute outside the ring as well as in it, Liston was arrested 19 times and rumored to be tied to mobsters and loan sharking. He's best remembered for two losses to Muhammad Ali in 1964 and '65, after which he descended into heroin use.
CARDINALS AT PHILLIES
The Cards rank first in the NL in homers (37) and second in runs (115).
THE SAVIOR OF FENWAY
CAMBRIDGE FAMILY YMCA THEATRE 8 PM
The play, about three Red Sox fans commiserating in a bar during the playoffs, opens in Beantown after playing to positive reviews in New York.
NCAA MEN'S VOLLEYBALL FINALS ESPN2 MIDNIGHT
Stay up into the wee hours of Friday for side-outs. At the University of Hawaii, No. 1 BYU (25-4) hopes to avenge its 3-2 loss to Lewis University in the 2003 title match. The Cougars will rely on 6'4" outside hitter Fernando Pessoa, a senior from Brazil who has 433 kills this season.