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This week we cover a big announcement from One Direction, a big trade between the LA Dodgers and Boston Red Soz, and not-so-big news about Bill Cosby.

One Direction reveals release date for their second album

Yesterday, the popular boy band One Direction announced the release date of their sophomore studio album. Titled Take Me Home, it will drop on November 13, just short of a year since their debut album Up All Night, was released. The first single from the album, "Live While We're Young," will be released on October 1.

Boston Red Sox trade Gonzales, Beckett, Crawford, and Punto to the LA Dodgers

Last Saturday the Boston Red Sox traded first baseman Adrian Gonzales, pitcher Josh Beckett, outfielder Carl Crawford, and infielder Nick Punto to the Los Angeles Dodgers. In return, the Dodgers sent first baseman James Loney, pitcher Allen Webster, infielder Ivan DeJesus, Jr., and two players to be named later to the Red Sox. The nine-player trade shed $250 million from the Red Sox payroll and is the biggest deal in Dodgers history.

Yes, Bill Cosby is still alive

On Monday Bill Cosby was the target of a hoax announcing that the 75 year old actor had died. Cosby is still alive, but it's not the first time he's been subject to the hoax. He was reported dead twice in 2010. The rumor mill struck two other times this week, as Bill Nye "the Science Guy" was also reported dead Monday morning, and comedian Russell Brand was reported dead on Sunday.

If you're in the United States or Canada, enjoy your Labo(u)r Day. Everyone else, enjoy your weekend!

2012 NFL Season Countdown: NFC North Preview

So far we have previewed six of the eight divisions in our countdown to the 2012 NFL season, and today we move onto lucky number seven: the NFC North.

(To view previous NFL previews, click on any of the following division names: AFC East, AFC North, AFC South, AFC West, NFC East, NFC South)

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The Bears made a big splash this offseason, adding problematic wide receiver Brandon Marshall to an offense that had a serious lack of weapons for QB Jay Cutler. Now, the former Broncos teammates are back together again, and fans in the "Windy City" have high expectations for the two. The problem is, Cutler has had trouble staying away from injuries and Marshall has had trouble staying away from, well, trouble.

Projection: If Cutler can stay healthy, the Bears could be a real threat to dethrone the Packers at the top of the NFC North. Some experts view Chicago as a sleeper pick to go to the Super Bowl.

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