Eastern Bloc Athletes Set World Bests

Three world indoor track and field records were broken Saturday at national championships in East Germany and the Soviet Union.

In Senftenberg, East Germany, sprinter Marita Koch, 28, bettered her world indoor best in the women's 60-meter dash, with a time of 7.04 seconds, four-hundredths of a second faster than the record of 7.08 she set Jan. 29, 1983.

At the same meet, shotputter Ulf Timmermann, 22, set a record with a toss of 72 feet 8 inches, beating the previous world indoor best of 72-3 set by American George Woods in 1974.

In Kishaniev, Moldavia, the Soviet Union's Galina Chistyakova of Moscow set a women's world indoor best for the long jump by clearing 23 feet 9 1/2 inches, bettering the previous indoor best set by East German Haike Daute-Dretsler of 22-11.

The New York Giants have conducted regular urinalysis tests on players suspected of using illegal drugs or alcohol, a practice that violates the bargaining agreement between National Footbal League owners and the players union, the Asbury Park Press reported.

The tests involved about 12 players on the 49-man roster, and some players were tested as often as twice a week, sources close to the team said.

The sources told the newspaper that some players have been sent for clinical treatment after illegal drugs or alcohol were found through the test results.

The newspaper did not either identify or report whether it knew the names of any of the players who were allegedly tested.

Giants General Manager George Young told the Associated Press that he would not comment "on whispers and rumors."

The 1982 Collective Bargaining Agreement between the NFL and the NFL Players Association forbids "spot checking" of players for drugs.

The tests have detected traces of marijuana, cocaine and alcohol in the systems of some players, sources told the newspaper.

The tests were taken voluntarily, the sources said, but with the implicit understanding that a player would please the coaches by submitting to the tests.

Skier Marc Girardelli edged Sweden's Ingemar Stenmark to win the men's slalom race at Kranjska Gora, Yugoslavia, and clinch the World Cup season title for that discipline.

Girardelli was ninth after the first run but was nearly flawless the second time down. His winning time of 1:43.11 was .05 seconds better than the 1:43.16 posted by Stenmark.

Jonas Nilsson of Sweden skied to a third-place tie with Paul Frommelt of Liechtenstein. Both were clocked in 1:43.88.

Geatan Boucher of Canada surpassed American Eric Heiden's championship record with a clocking of 38.00 seconds as he won the opening 500-meter race at the 1985 world men's speed skating championships at Hamar, Norway.

Heiden set the record of 38.22 at Bislett Stadium in Oslo in 1979.

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Dave (Tiger) Williams, the National Hockey League's all-time penalty leader, was placed on waivers by the Detroit Red Wings. His career penalty minutes total 3,157, the league record.

The Cincinnati Reds confirmed that Tony Perez, 42, has agreed to accept an invitation to the Reds' training camp as a nonroster player.

Philadelphia middleweight James Shuler captured a 12-round split decision over James Kinchen of San Diego at Atlantic City, N.J.

Bill Costello retained his World Boxing Council super lightweight crown with a unanimous 12-round decision over No. 1 contender Leroy Haley at Kingston, N.Y.

Dan Devine and the late Andrew Gustafson were named to the National Football Foundation's College Football Hall of Fame.

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