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BATA, Equatorial Guinea - Guinea beat Mali to a place in the African Cup of Nations quarterfinals thanks to a lucky break in a random draw conducted at a hotel on Thursday.Guinea joins the likes of Algeria, Ivory Coast and Ghana in the last eight. Mali, after losing the cruel lottery, goes home.Heres why Guinea progressed through sheer chance, and some other things to know, ahead of the African soccer championships first knockout games this weekend:___GUINEA GETS LUCK OF THE DRAW: There was no other way to separate Guinea and Mali after they had three identical 1-1 draws in Group D to tie for second behind Ivory Coast. That meant the drawing of lots under tournament rules.An official from each country picked a ball out of a bowl. In one, there was a piece of paper with the No. 2 printed on it. In the other, a No. 3, indicating what would be the final ranking of the teams, and who would take the second qualifying place behind the Ivorians. The Guinean official made the right choice, letting a big smile spread across his face before showing the lucky No. 2 to observers.We have no other choice, Confederation of African Football President Issa Hayatou said before the draw, which was criticized by both teams as a cruel way to decide who stays and who is eliminated. CAF say they will consider changing the rule.The drawing of lots is rare but not completely unprecedented. It happened in 1988, when Algeria progressed at the expense of Ivory Coast.ALGERIA-IVORY COAST CRUNCH GAME: This year, Algeria and Ivory Coast are rated the best teams, but will meet sooner than expected. Top-ranked in Africa, Algeria was edged to first place in Group C by Ghana, setting up a quarterfinal meeting with the star-studded Ivorians, winners of Group D and led by Manchester Citys Yaya Toure.While Algeria is undergoing a recent revival, Ivory Coast has a painful history of near misses at the Cup of Nations. It has lost two finals in the last five tournaments on penalty kicks. Sundays knockout game in Malabo, which should see the return of Ivory Coast forward Gervinho from a two-game suspension, is the biggest of the 2015 tournament so far.LEGEND OF LE ROY: Claude Le Roy has reached the quarterfinals in seven of his record eight African Cups as a coach. Hes done it with five different countries. Le Roys latest success is with Republic of Congo, a champion 45 years ago but now a rank outsider that won its first game at the tournament since 1974 when it beat Gabon last week. It is into the quarters this year as Group A winner.The team and Le Roy — an unmistakable figure with his spectacles, toothy grin, and floppy blond hair — have had a pretty rough ride in Equatorial Guinea off the field. They were given a hotel that had no running water. Without a proper escort, their bus got caught in a traffic jam and they nearly missed their opening game. The bus then broke down on a three-hour road trip to another match. Unflappable, Le Roy hasnt let it affect the campaign.No, no. I am happy every day of my life, he said when asked if he was getting angry with the organizers.HOST HUNTS HISTORY: Equatorial Guinea shouldnt even be at the tournament after being thrown out for fielding an ineligible player in qualifying. But Morocco was dumped as host nation and the tournament given to Equatorial Guinea, meaning the team was back in. And its making the most of it.Equatorial Guinea has little soccer history to call on, but has ridden a wave of rowdy home support to make the last eight under Argentine coach Esteban Becker, who was appointed just before the African Cup kicked off.QUARTERS MOVED: The hurried preparations after the late change of host nation have come at a cost. Hastily built stadiums in the remote eastern cities of Ebebiyin and Mongomo have held up, but the fields havent. So, all four quarterfinals will be at the established venues in the bigger cities of Bata and Malabo.That makes for two doubleheaders: Bata hosts the first two quarters back-to-back on Saturday, and Malabo has the second two on Sunday. For fans at the stadiums, thats at least 180 minutes of soccer, and not just 90. Maybe more, if extra time and penalties are needed.___AP Sports Writer Chris Lehourites contributed to this story from Malabo.___Gerald Imray is on Twitter at www.twitter.com/GeraldImrayAP James Washington Jersey . PETERSBURG, Fla. Cheap Football Steelers Jerseys .com) - Rakeem Christmas scored 21 points, B. http://www.cheapsteelersjerseysonline.com/?tag=greg-lloyd-jersey-online. Berkman almost left the game last off-season before signing with the Texas Rangers. He then had another injury-plagued season and was limited to 73 games. David DeCastro Jersey .com) - Klay Thompson is quickly proving he is worth every penny of his recently signed four-year contract extension. Jordan Berry Jersey . - Gary Kubiak is John Elways No.Dallas, TX (SportsNetwork.com) - Ondrej Pavelec was spectacular in net as he stopped 46 shots and the Winnipeg Jets held off a late surge from the Dallas Stars for a 2-1 win on Thursday. Evander Kane scored a short-handed goal and Michael Frolik also lit the lamp for the Jets, who were coming off a dominant 8-2 win over Florida on Tuesday. Trevor Daleys marker made it a one-goal game with 1:16 remaining and Anders Lindback allowed both goals on 22 shots for the Stars, who have lost five of their last six games. Early in the third period, Blake Wheelers stick caught Erik Cole up high in the corner and drew blood to bring about a four-minute Dallas power play. Less than a minute into the man advantage, Pavelec robbed Tyler Seguin with a glove save. It was Winnipeg, however, that scored on the extended power play as Kane took a turnover in the neutral zone, skated around Daley and had his wrist shot trickle through the pads of Lindback for a 2-0 game with 12:26 to play. Dallas pulled Lindback with over two minutes to play and got within a goal momentts later as Daley ripped a shot short side from the left circle.dddddddddddd Lindback went to the bench again in favor of the extra attacker, but the Stars were unable to force overtime. Mathieu Perreault skated from the right boards behind the net and slipped a pass to the slot, where Frolik wristed the puck home to start the scoring 3:53 into the game. The Stars threatened on the power play after Dustin Byfuglien went off for hooking 6:47 into the second, but Pavelec fought off six shots to keep the Jets in front. Pavelec seemed unstoppable in the middle stanza as he made another terrific save, denying Jamie Benns point-blank one-timer with under five minutes to play in the frame. 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