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BRIEFLY : MCCALL RELEASED FROM JAIL, WANTS TO FIGHT.

Byline: - Daily News Wire Services

Former heavyweight boxing champion Oliver McCall was released from jail Saturday after serving a little more than half of a one-year jail sentence.

``I feel great,'' McCall, 35, said in a telephone interview after his release in Martinsville, Va. ``I want to get ready to fight.''

McCall, who was in jail for resisting arrest and assaulting a law enforcement officer, blames repeated problems with the law on an addiction to cocaine. A judge decided McCall could be released as long as he stays in a drug rehabilitation program.

``I ain't going to have no problems,'' McCall said. ``I'm drug free and I'm going to stay that way.''

McCall said promoter Don King is arranging for him to return to the ring in Mississippi in June.

McCall knocked out Lennox Lewis for the WBC title in September 1994, then defended the title against Larry Holmes in 1995. He then lost his belt to Frank Bruno in a 12-round decision.

He fought Lewis again on Feb. 8, 1997, for the vacant WBC title. It was stopped after four rounds and awarded to Lewis when a sobbing McCall refused to fight.

COLLEGE BASKETBALL: Marlon Parmer, a 6-foot-3 point guard from Verbum Dei High, has announced he will attend the University of New Mexico. Parmer had also considered USC, Michigan and Nevada-Las Vegas.

OLYMPICS: At least 60 people - 2-1/2 times the number originally planned - are likely to serve on the International Olympic Committee's new reform panel, a senior official said.

IOC president Juan Antonio Samaranch had said previously that 20-24 people would make up the IOC 2000 commission, which was set up in March to help the committee rebuild after the Olympics' biggest corruption scandal.
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Title Annotation:SPORTS
Publication:Daily News (Los Angeles, CA)
Date:May 2, 1999
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