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NYON, Switzerland -- Exiled from its conflict-torn home city for a third season, Shakhtar Donetsk will start its quest to stay in the Champions League elite against Young Boys.Shakhtar was drawn on Friday to host the Swiss league runner-up in the third qualifying round on July 26 or 27. The return match in Switzerland is the following week.For the third straight season, home for Shakhtar is Lviv, more than 1,000 kilometers (about 650 miles) west of Donetsk, where conflict between Ukrainian government forces and pro-Russian separatists have made the city unsafe.Can you imagine we dont have our home, we dont have our fans, we dont have our stadium, we dont have our training camp. We have nothing, Shakhtar CEO Sergei Palkin told The Associated Press at UEFA headquarters.Shakhtar has overcome the turmoil of being based in Kiev, and playing in Lviv, to play in the Champions League for the past two seasons. As runner-up in the Ukraine league for a second straight season, it must advance through two qualifying rounds to be in the 32-team group stage.Its very difficult from a psychological point of view, Palkin said of the club which has recruited only modestly despite selling two Brazilian stars, Douglas Costa and Alex Teixeira, in the past year.Backed by billionaire owner Rinat Akhmetov, Shakhtar is as key to the identity of the mining region of Donbass and its people as Barcelona is to Catalonia.Their life is very, very hard now. Unbelievable problems, Palkin said of the clubs fans. To see their club playing its like a new breath of air. If anybody will tell us, `You will never return back, we will stop (playing).Shkahtars real home -- the Donbass Arena, a 2012 European Championship host venue -- has mostly survived the conflict and is an operations base for humanitarian aid.The stadium is good. We need one month maximum more or less to clean it, said Palkin, though it is unclear when that might be.The politics of Shakhtars and Ukraines situation in European soccer was again a factor in the draw made Friday. Shakhtar and Rostov were kept apart by a UEFA rule since 2014 blocking teams from Ukraine and Russia being drawn to play each other.Rostov, an unheralded regional club in the competition for the first time, was paired with Anderlecht in the third qualifying round. Its reward for advancing could be a playoff against Manchester City, Roma or FC Porto.In other pairings Friday, four-time champion Ajax was drawn with PAOK Thessaloniki, Fenerbahce will play Monaco and Sparta Prague will face Steaua Bucharest.The first legs will be played on July 26-27, and return matches on Aug. 2-3.In a separate qualifying draw for national champions, Olympiakos was drawn to play Sheriff Tiraspol or Hapoel Beer-Sheva. Sheriff and Hapoel will complete a second round series next week.The winners advance to the playoff round, which will decide the final 10 places in the 32-team group stage which is drawn Aug. 25 in Monaco.In the Europa League draw on Friday, West Ham was paired with Shakhtyor Soligorsk or Domzale, who are level at 1-1 in the second qualifying round.Gent, which reached the round of 16 in the Champions League last season, plays Viitorul Constanta of Romania in the third qualifying round.UEFA made both draws after observing silent tributes to victims of a deadly attack in Nice late Thursday.Nice was a European Championship host city, and the French citys team enters the Europa League at the group stage in September. Authentic Kent Tekulve Jersey . A knee to the thigh might have stung him the most, but his sixth straight double-double made up for the brief burst of pain. 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SEATTLE -- Milwaukee manager Ron Roenicke has always believed its a good idea to put in the lineup a player returning to where he once played. Yuniesky Betancourt proved his belief right again on Friday night. Betancourt highlighted Milwaukees five-run fifth inning with his second grand slam of the season, and the Brewers beat the Seattle Mariners 10-5. "I think its good. I think it makes a difference," Roenicke said. "I think the adrenaline there is different." Once the Mariners starting shortstop, Betancourt came back to haunt his former club as the teams opened a three-game series. Betancourts slam was his 13th homer of the season and he enjoyed every second of going deep against his former team. Betancourt drove the pitch from Joe Saunders out to left, walking and watching as he left the batters box, then flipped his bat before excitedly running the bases. It was his sixth career grand slam. "I feel a little more excited," Betancourt said of his return to Seattle. "I have good memories of here, for the people here." Norichika Aoki also drove in three runs as the Brewers scored 10 runs for the first time since June 12. While the Brewers were knocking around Seattles pitchers, Kyle Lohse was putting in another strong performance. Lohse (8-7) won for the seventh time in his last eight decisions, holding the Mariners to three runs in seven innings. Kyle Seager had a two-run single in the third for Seattle, but Lohse pitched out of trouble in the third, fifth and seventh innings. Lohse has lost just once since May 30. The Mariners big weekend honouring former star Ken Griffey Jr. with his induction into the teams Hall of Fame got off to an ugly start thanks to another sloppy defensive effort and Saunders struggle pitching out of jams. Seattle committed three errors while Saunders was on the mound, and five of the nine runs Milwaukee scored against him were unearned. "I dont think Joe threw the ball that bad," acting Seattle manager Robby Thompson said. "He got the ground balls and then we didnt make the plays behind him." But Saunders (10-11) caused his own trouble the led to Betancourts slam. Jean Segura led off the fifth with a single and Saunders issued consecutive walks to Carlos Gomez and Khris Davis to load the bases for Betancourt. Saunders then hung a 1-1 slider in the middle of tthe strike zone and Betancourt didnt miss.dddddddddddd It was his second home run in 18 career games against the Mariners. Betancourt spent parts of five seasons playing in Seattle. "I know he goes into a funk sometimes offensively, but defensively he moves around, he plays all the positions really well. Hes a utility man and thats what we asked him to come here and do and hes played a lot more than we thought," Roenicke said. Betancourt wasnt the only one battering Seattle pitching. Aoki had a two-run double in the third inning and added an RBI single to cap the Brewers big fifth inning. Martin Maldonado also had a two-run double with two outs in the fourth inning. Lohse said teammates were giving him a hard time that his bat being out of the lineup was the reason for the 10-run outburst. "Its been a while since we scored that many early," Lohse said. "It was kind of nice for myself to relax a little bit out there on the mound." Roenicke wasnt around to see Betancourts slam after getting ejected by home plate umpire Dan Bellino in the fourth inning. Betancourts one-out grounder bounced off Seagers glove for his second error of the night and rolled into foul territory down the left-field line. Gomez scored from first on the play, but Thompson claimed a fan touched the ball. The umpires met and agreed with Thompson, sending Gomez back to third base. That brought out Roenicke, who argued that Gomez should still have been awarded home plate. After a few minutes, Roenicke was ejected, the second time this year Roenicke has been tossed. The argument became moot as Jeff Bianchi followed with a bloop single to score Gomez and give the Brewers a 3-2 lead. "I stayed out too long. I should have been kicked out," Roenicke said. "I just told him he took the easy road out. ... I stayed out there too long because I really felt I was right." Notes: Justin Smoak hit his 12th homer of the season, a two-run shot, in the eighth inning for Seattle. ... Griffey took part in a luncheon and met with the media on Friday. Hell be formally inducted to the team Hall of Fame on Saturday. ... Milwaukee 2B Rickie Weeks will miss the rest of the season after an MRI revealed a torn left hamstring. Weeks was placed on the 15-day disabled list on Thursday. ... Friday was Milwaukees first game in Seattle since 1997. 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