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World Lacrosse on Tuesday unveiled "Lacrosse Sixes," a new six-on-six version of the sport that it hopes will make lacrosse more accessible.

Why it matters: This new discipline appeals to the IOC, which wants to reduce the cost and complexity of the Games. The hope is that Sixes will be included in the 2028 Olympics in Los Angeles.

How it works: Sixes brings the team size down from 10 players and adds a 30-second shot clock. Matches feature eight-minute running quarters.

  • Instead of faceoffs, goalies restart play immediately after a goal is scored. Quarters begin with a draw.
  • Fouls are categorized as minors (30-second suspension from play), majors (one-minute suspension) and expulsions.
  • The field is 70 x 36 meters, or roughly 75 x 40 yards. That's much smaller than a standard lacrosse field (100 x 55 meters, or 110 x 60 yards).

What they're saying: "Sixes blends many of the most popular aspects of the field and box games, and introduces new elements that appeal to the next generation," said World Lacrosse president Sue Redfern.

  • "Player capacity is always push/pull with the IOC and it is great to see innovation from a governing body to put the sport in the best position for Olympic inclusion," tweeted Premier Lacrosse League co-founder and CEO Mike Rabil.

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Haitian soldiers guard the public prosecutor's office in Port-au-Prince earlier this month. Photo: Richard Pierrin/AFP via Getty Images

Children were among up to 17 American Christian missionaries and their relatives kidnapped by a gang in Haiti on Saturday, the New York Times first reported.

Details: The missionaries had just left an orphanage and were traveling by bus to the airport to "drop off some members" and planned to travel to another destination afterward when the gang abducted them in Port-au-Prince, Haitian security officials said, per the NYT.

Melbourne, "world's most locked-down city," to lift stay-at-home orders

Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews during a news conference in Melbourne, Australia, on Sunday. Photo: Quinn Rooney/Getty Images

Melbourne's stay-at-home orders will end five days earlier than planned, officials in Australia's second-biggest city announced Sunday.

Why it matters: The capital of the state of Victoria has had six lockdowns totaling 262 days since March last year. That means Melbourne's spent longer under lockdowns than "any other city in the world" during the pandemic, Reuters notes.

Venezuela suspends talks with opposition after Maduro ally extradited to U.S.

Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro in Caracas, Venezuela, in June. Photo: Gaby Oraa/Bloomberg via Getty Images

A key ally of Venezuela's President Nicolás Maduro was extradited from Cape Verde to the U.S. Saturday to face money laundering charges in Florida, Bloomberg first reported.

Why it matters: Venezuela's government called off negotiations with opposition officials that were scheduled for Sunday in Mexico in response to the extradition of Alex Saab, a Colombian businessman and financial fixer for Maduro. Security forces placed six U.S. oil executives under house arrest later Saturday, per AP.