How to watch Yankees vs. Astros: MLB live stream, schedule, TV channel, start time for ALCS Game 5

USA TODAY Sports’ Week 7 NFL picks: Do Cowboys or Eagles claim first place in NFC East?

We should finally learn something about the Cowboys now that Week 7 is here.

Dallas won its first three game playing lightweight opponents but has dropped three since against better competition — if you consider the Jets better competition. Now the arch rival Philadelphia Eagles come to town with sole possession of first place in the NFC East at stake. Our group of NFL experts is split on the outcome, but it looks like America's Team has plenty yet to prove in the eyes of our panelists.

And keep an eye on that other team from Texas as Houston visits its personal house of horrors, Indianapolis' Lucas Oil Stadium, as the Texans face the Colts in a battle for supremacy in the AFC South.

‘The Last Ship’ Star Travis Van Winkle Signs With APA

Travis Van Winkle, who played “Lt. Danny Green” on all five seasons of TNT’s The Last Ship, has signed with APA.

Van Winkle also recently wrapped his series regular role of “Det. Ryan Stock” on the CBS drama, Instinct.  His other television roles include recurring on Hart of Dixie for the CW, recurring on Happy Endings for ABC, as well as guest starring roles on Scorpion2 Broke GirlsCSI: Miami90210Two and a Half MenVeronica MarsThe OCMalcolm in the Middle, and 7th Heaven.

His feature film credits include lead roles in the indie thriller Rites of Passage, opposite Wes Bentley and Stephen Dorff; Michael Bay’s Friday the 13th and the FOX/Regency comedy Meet The Spartans. He also has film credits in MGM’s Asylum, Paramount’s Transformers, and Universal’s Accepted.

Van Winkle is repped by Velocity Entertainment Partners and Jackoway Austen Tyerman Wertheimer Mandelbaum Morris Bernstein Trattner & Klein, LLP.

Venezuela September inflation accelerates to 52.2% -central bank

CARACAS, Oct 18 (Reuters) – Venezuela’s consumer prices rose 52.2% in September compared with 34.6% in August, the country’s central bank said on Friday, adding that prices rose 4,679.5% between January and September. (Reporting by Caracas newsroom; Editing by Sandra Maler)

Venezuela GDP contracted 26.8% in Q1 vs year earlier: cen abnk

CARACAS, Oct 18 (Reuters) – Venezuela’s GDP contracted by 26.8% in the first quarter of 2019 with respect to the same period a year earlier, the central bank said on Friday. (Reporting by Caracas newsroom; Editing by Sandra Maler)

Trump picks Perry deputy to run Energy Department

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump on Friday selected Dan Brouillette, deputy to departing Energy Secretary Rick Perry, to lead the Energy Department, calling him a “total professional” with unparalleled experience.

Trump acted quickly, just a day after Perry told the president that he would leave by year’s end. Perry said his decision was not related to his role in administration actions on Ukraine that are now the focus of a House impeachment inquiry.

Brouillette has embraced Trump’s call for U.S. dominance of international energy markets and says he backs an “all of the above” policy that promotes nuclear and renewable solar and wind energy as well as coal, natural gas and oil. Environmental groups, many lawmakers and others fault the administration for trying to spur the country’s oil and gas production boom rather than rein in the climate-damaging fossil fuels.

He has traveled from Japan to former Soviet states to Qatar and Israel and beyond, promoting U.S. natural gas and natural gas production companies.

“When it comes to exporting LNG, the United States is open for business,” Brouillette said in one such European stop last year.

Brouillette previously worked as an executive at USAA, which provides insurance and other financial services to members of the military, and as a vice president at Ford Motor Company.

He worked as an assistant energy secretary under George W. Bush and a Louisiana state energy regulator, among other work.

Iowa pension ends $386 million money management contract with Kenneth Fisher

(Reuters) – A $34 billion Iowa pension plan on Friday said it will terminate an investment contract with Kenneth Fisher, whose alleged insensitive remarks about women has cost his firm more than $1 billion in assets under management.

The Iowa Public Employees’ Retirement System notified Fisher Investments it will terminate its contract with the firm. Fisher Investments manages $386 million of IPERS’ $34 billion Trust Fund.

Iowa pension ends $386 million money management contract with Kenneth Fisher

(Reuters) – A $34 billion Iowa pension plan on Friday said it will terminate an investment contract with Kenneth Fisher, whose alleged insensitive remarks about women has cost his firm more than $1 billion in assets under management.

The Iowa Public Employees’ Retirement System notified Fisher Investments it will terminate its contract with the firm. Fisher Investments manages $386 million of IPERS’ $34 billion Trust Fund.

How to watch Yankees vs. Astros: MLB live stream, schedule, TV channel, start time for ALCS Game 5

With a 3-1 lead in the American League Championship Series over the New York Yankees, the Houston Astros are on the cusp of their second World Series trip in three years.

Houston has won three in a row after dropping the series opener at home, including an 8-3 win in Game 4 on Thursday at Yankee Stadium. The Yankees had baseball's highest-scoring offense in the regular season, but have scored just six runs total in the three losses.

Game 5: Friday 

Time: 7:08 p.m. ET

TV channel: Fox Sports 1 (find on your TV)

Live stream: FoxSports.com

Betting: Full odds, lines at USA TODAY Sports

Left-hander James Paxton (15-6, 3.82 ERA) starts for the Yankees in Game 5. He's made two starts in the postseason, lasting only seven innings total, including a no-decision with 2 ⅓ innings in Game 2 of this series.

The Astros give the ball to Justin Verlander (21-6, 2.58 ERA) with the chance to secure a spot in the World Series. Verlander has made three starts in the postseason, posting a 3.12 ERA. He got a no-decision in the Game 2 win, giving up two runs in 6 ⅔ innings at Minute Maid Park.