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Eddie O’Sullivan and his dad Kieran after Oughterard’s county final success over Micheal Breathnach in 2019Kieran was long remembered for his brilliant performance in Croke Park for the Galway minors in 1976. Here is the Connacht Tribune report of that year’s All Ireland Minor Final:GALWAY MINOR FOOTBALLERS brought to a gloriousend a chequered championship year for the county by initially containing andfinally cracking a gritty Cork challenge to take the Markham Cup for the fourthtime and cover themselves in All Ireland glory. With a splendid teamperformance of totally committed football Galway broke the hearts of their gallant opponents by theirsplendid defensivework at crucial periods and by a deadly ability to make the most of theirchances up front. And while victory initself was splendidly satisfying, football followers from all over must havemarvelled at the manner of its achievement. The spirit of the side was clearlyseen in a hectic third quarter as magnificent defensive work, desperate attimes, kept the rampaging Cork forwards at bay and denied them even a singlescore. Happily Galway’s magnificent performance at theback was characterised by an insistence on playing the ball at all times anddisdaining the unfortunately accepted tactics of fouling their opposites. Itmust also be recorded that Cork too played their part in making this anenjoyable and sporting contest. A large slice of luck is so often an essentialingredient for ultimate triumph and there is no denying that during that hecticthird quarter Galway had, perhaps, a little more than their fair share of it.For ten agonising minutes Cork did everything but put the ball in the back ofthe net. That they were not allowed to do so is to the eternal credit of thewhole Galway defence, none more so than the full back trio and goalkeeper,Padraic Coyne. In one astonishing series of events during a fifteen secondperiod Cork attacked, gained the ball only yards out from goal but acombination of diving saves and the woodwork on two occasions kept them at bay.The determination and courage of the Galway team was exemplified during thisperiod by goalkeeper Coyne who twice cleared under heavy pressure and thenmanaged to get his face in the way of a full blooded drive from almost pointblank range. And while Cork were frustrated in attack theywere also made to suffer in defence where the Galway attack tormented them onceKieran O’Sullivan had given them the necessary injection with a point aftersixteen minutes. Thriving on the possession from midfielders Leo Higgins andteam captain Gerry Burke the Galway forwards handed Cork a harsh lesson in theart of taking chances. It must have frustrated the very life out of the Munsterchampions to have had so many scoring opportunities in the opening ten minutesof the second half only to finish up with absolutely nothing to their creditduring this period. By way of contrast Galway got one scoring opportunityimmediately after this bout of severe pressure and with the minimum of fussKieran O’Sullivan knocked the ball over the bar. To their credit Cork keptplugging away but it was plain to see that the heart had gone out of theirgame. Even the great efforts of their outstanding player, Michael Mullins allwent for nought as Galway cruised comfortably through the final quarter of thegame for a memorable triumph. The groundwork for victory was laid as far backas last February when team coach Johnny Geraghty began his preparations. Geraghtyshaped his side through a victorious Connacht Minor League campaign and builtup a marvellous relationship with his squad. His efforts bore their richestfruit on Sunday and his delight at the end of Sunday’s game was understandablyuninhibited. He freely admitted that coaching the team to victory meant as muchto him as winning his first senior All Ireland medal in 1964. He said:“The lads were magnificent and after a slow start they settled down reallywell. Cork hit us hard in the first fifteen minutes but once we got going I wasnot too worried. “Kieran O’Sullivan’s goal came at a very opportune timefor us and after half time I knew we wouldn’t be beaten.” While notwishing to single out any one player from the others he felt that the full backline had made a magnificent contribution to victory, particularly by their brilliantdefensive work in the third quarter of the game. “The full back line weremagnificent and withstood the best that Cork could throw at them. Essentiallyit was a team victory in which everyone played an important part. “From apersonal point of view victory now feels as good as it did when I won my firstAll Ireland medal. I was a little more nervous this time as I was detached fromthe action, but the feeling at the end was just as good,” headded. Certainly he has every reason to be proud of theway his squad performed, particularly under pressure and for such a young team– three of them are only sixteen years of age – they showed great maturityat crucial periods. Even though that memorable third quarter was perhaps themost crucial period of the game for Galway, many Galway hearts skippeda beat or two during the first fifteen minutes as the Connacht championsstruggled to find their feet. The danger signs went up as soon as the fourthminute when Timmy O’Leary burst through the Galway defence but blazed the ballover the bar with only the goalkeeper to beat. Cork surged forward full ofconfidence and while they led 0-3 to no score after fifteen minutes their tallycould easily have been twice as great but for the wild shooting of the Corkforwards. Once O’Sullivan pointed for Galway a minute later the westernerssettled down and were on level terms after twenty five minutes. At this stagethe game was delicately balanced and Galway, perhaps, realising the importanceof a strong finish to the first half, took over control at centre field andmoved menacingly forward. O’Sullivan, Galway’s most impressive attacker, swungthe game decisively in Galway’s favour in the thirtieth minute. He latchedon to a perfect pass from Frank Rooney to crash the ball to the net despitea great effort by Sean Martin in the Cork goal. Such a vital score at the most importantpsychological moment of the game really rocked Cork and they fell a further twopoints behind in as many minutes at the start of the second period. They pulledthemselves together to play their best football during the following tenminutes but could find no way through the Galway defence. Then, to add insultto injury the Connacht title holders raised the siege, and picked off a couple ofpoints in effortless fashion and that, effectively, was that. The Galwaydefence, which up to Sunday’s game had been regarded by many as the weak sectorof the team, really proved their worth throughout the sixty minutes with whatwas undoubtedly their best performance of the championship. The full back lineof Mattie Coleman, Ollie Burke and Kieran Faherty never playedbetter. They allowed the opposing trio — held in high regard by Cork officials– little scope to get within scoring range and effectively stymied the bestthey could throw at them during a nerve racking third quarter. Behind themPadraic Coyne more than atoned for a shaky semi final display with a rock solidperformance between the posts. On the couple of occasions that dangerthreatened his goal he proved equal to the task and his lengthy and accuratekick outs were a great boost. Galway’s half back trio of Joe Kelly, RobertBermingham and Gerry Forde made an invaluable contribution to overallsuccess by their willingness to attack. They also succeeded in clearing upa great deal of loose ball around the centre of the field and added handsomely to the work of midfieldersLeo Higgins and Gerry Burke. Burke and Higgins dominated midfield after a slowstart and got through an enormous amount of work in their efforts to supplytheir front runners with quality possession. Burke, in particular, made thingsmost uncomfortable for a succession of Cork combinations in the centre.O’Sullivan was the most impressive attacker on the field. A member of a greatOughterard footballing family, his foraging for the ball took him to areasfar removed from his rigid corner position during the sixty minutes and hisroving completely upset the Cork defence. Barry Brennan never succeeded insettling down at right half forward and his departure after eighteen minuteswas hardly unexpected. Kevin Donnellan performed competently when he arrived onthe scene and kicked one splendid point during the second half. Stephen Ruane,as ever, had an incredible appetite for work and at times was to befound deep in defence, helping out. On the left wing Padraic Conroy gave Corkstar Donal Buckley a testing time and his clever running opened up huge avenuesfor his colleagues. Gay McManus at full forward had a quiet hour but made avaluable contribution by drawing Cork full back Jim Murphy out of position timeand again, in the left corner Frank Rooney was a hive of activity and linkedwell in many scoring movements particularly that which led to O’Sullivan’sgoal. Cork’s hardest triers were defenders, Donal Buckley, Michael Maloney andJim Murphy; midfielders Michael Mullins and forwards John O’Sullivan and GerMulcahy. SCORERSGalway: K. O’Sullivan 1-2, S Ruane 0-2, P. Conroy 0-2, K Donnellan 0-2, G.McManus and L Higgins 0-1 each. Cork: M. Mullins 0-2, P. McCarthy, K. O’Leary,J. O’Sullivan and M. Shinnock 0-1 each. Galway: P.Coyne, M.Coleman, O. Burke, C. O’Fathartaigh, J. Kelly, R. Bermingham, G. Forde, G. Burke, capt., L. Higgins, B. Brennan, S. Ruane, P. O’Conraoi, K. O’Sullivan, G. McManus, F. Rooney. Subs: K. Donnellan for Brennan. Cork: S. Martin, T. Healy, J. Murphy, M. Moloney, D. Buckley, J. Cremin, J. Nolan, P. McCarthy, B. McSweeney, T. Dalton, M. Mullins, P. Smith, K. O’Leary, G. Mulcahy, J. O’Sullivan. Subs: M. Shinnock for O’Leary; J. Wilmot for Dalton. Referee: M. Meally, Kilkenny.Connacht Tribune, Friday, October 1st, 1976 Tributes are being paid to Kieran O’Sullivan from Oughterard, a member of the Galway 1976 All-Ireland Minor Football Championship winning team and father of Oughterard’s 2020 All Ireland Intermediate club title winning captain Eddie who has died after a long and brave battle with illness. Kieran scored 1-2 from right corner forward on the Galway team that beat Cork 1-10 to 0-6 in the 1976 All Ireland minor final.The Oughterard club paid this tribute on their Facebook page: Last night, after a long and brave battle, Kieran O’Sullivan was lost to his Family & to Oughterard, nothing we can say, do or write can dull the pain of losing a loved one, may he Rest in Peace.We extend our deepest & heartfelt sympathies to Anne, Eddie, Ciara & the entire O’Sullivan Family at this time, his passing will be felt throughout the Parish and wider areas, especially by those who knew him well, not least by those within Oughterard GAA.Kieran will always be remembered as a valued member of our Club & will be revered for his passion and love of Gaelic Football, not to mention his on pitch contributions. Some of us are old enough to have played alongside him during his playing career, a career that saw him proudly represent Oughterard and Galway with some notable successes along the way.Kieran had a style of play & a turn of foot that struck fear into every opponent he faced, believe me when I say, nobody wanted to mark him in training let alone in a match.He will be remembered as a straight talking, no nonsense guy, someone who was never afraid to voice his opinion and equally listen to & respect the opinions of others but he could never be accused of suffering fools gladly, the Monday night post Lotto discussions with this Chairperson will never be the same, trust me, at times it was not for the faint hearted but we always parted on good terms.Mind you, in the last 12 months it was a bed of roses, what with winning County, Connacht and All Ireland Titles, it’s fair to say that the mission was accomplished and with some style. I’ve no doubt that Kieran took immense satisfaction in seeing our small Club rise to that level but it’s in returning to play Senior Club Football in Galway his dreams were realised, the rest was a bonus.As a goal poacher par excellence, Kieran would have gotten huge joy in seeing our team ply their trade and come up with some brilliant goals, rest easy old friend, your work is done, the baton is in safe hands.Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam print WhatsApp Facebook Twitter Email
Former Manchester United winger Ryan Giggs has expressed his interest in the vacant managerial positions at Premier League sides Leicester City and Everton.Everton sacked manager Ronald Koeman on Monday after they dropped into the relegation zone following Sunday’s humiliating 5-2 home defeat by Arsenal.The Dutchman became the third managerial casualty of the season after Crystal Palace fired his compatriot Frank de Boer four league games into the season and Leicester parted ways with Craig Shakespeare last week.“For me these are clubs I would be interested in,” Giggs told Sky Sports, referring to 18th-placed Everton and Leicester who sit four places above them.“I think you look at those two teams, Leicester being champions two seasons ago, Everton being a fantastic club with a fantastic history.“However, there are a lot of coaches out there who would be interested in those positions.”Giggs won 13 Premier League titles and made a record 963 appearances for United before managing them for four games on an interim basis following the sacking of David Moyes in 2014.The Welshman worked as assistant manager under Louis van Gaal but followed the Dutchman out of Old Trafford after being offered a reduced role under Jose Mourinho.The 43-year-old has in the past suggested that there are too many foreign managers in the Premier League and little opportunity for local talents.The Welshman said he was also open to managing in the lower divisions.“I’ve said all along that I’d be open to clubs which share the ambitions of myself,” Giggs said.“I want to improve clubs and players, to enjoy working for them and for players to enjoy the challenge.“There are clubs in the Premier League which would be good jobs but also in the Championship and League One. It’s more about the philosophy for me than the stature of the club.”
Patrick Reed fought off furious back-nine challenges from Jordan Spieth and Rickie Fowler to record a one-shot victory at the U.S. Masters on Sunday, trading in his ‘Captain America’ cap for a Green Jacket.The final round began with Reed holding a three-shot advantage over Rory McIlroy, but while the Northern Irishman’s challenge faded Reed had to hold off his hard-charging U.S. Ryder Cup team mates to claim his first major championship.Needing a two-putt par from 26 feet at the 18th to clinch the title, Reed ran his first putt four feet past the hole, took a deep breath and held his nerve rolling a knee-knocker into the cup for a one-under 71 that ended Fowler’s hopes of a playoff.The fiery leader of recent U.S. Ryder and Presidents Cup efforts, Reed displayed plenty of the same brash spirit that earned him the ‘Captain America’ moniker while adding his name to the list of Masters champions.“Today was definitely probably the hardest mentally a round of golf could possibly be,” said Reed, who posted a 15-under 273 total. “It was going to be tough, anytime trying to close off a golf tournament is really tough.”Fowler, who remains without a major title, had put the pressure on with a back nine charge that featured six birdies over his final 11 holes, including one at the last, but his 67 and 14-under total would not be enough.Before Fowler took up the challenge of overhauling Reed, it was Spieth leading the chase with a sizzling eight-under 64 that matched the lowest final round at a Masters to finish two shots back.Sitting nine shots off the pace at the start of the day, Spieth was an after thought as spectators filed into Augusta National but was once again in the Masters spotlight when the Green Jacket was up for grabs.In four Masters appearances, Spieth also has two runner-up finishes and a tie for 11th last year.“With eight people ahead of me starting the day, to get that much help and shoot a fantastic round was nearly impossible,” said Spieth, whose only blemish was bogey at the 18th after his tee shot hit a branch. “But I almost pulled off the impossible.”While Reed had established his championship credentials with five PGA Tour wins and runnerup finish at the last major the 2017 PGA Championships at Quail Hollow, Reed, who had never had round under 70 at Augusta National, was not rated among the hot favourites when the year’s first major got underway.But after opening the tournament with three straight rounds in the 60s Reed had everyone’s attention.Only is final round 71 kept Reed from writing his name in the Masters record books as the first golfer to post four sub-70 rounds.“You know, just kind of one of those things that you expect that trying to go win your first major that people are going to make runs and it’s not going to be easy,” said Reed. “You’re going to have to go out and play a good round of golf and shoot under par.”McIlroy, three shots back and playing in the final pair with Reed, had to get off to a quick start and he did just that, chopping two shots off the deficit in just two holes.Reed sent his opening tee shot deep into the pines and opened his account with a bogey and McIlroy amped up the pressure with a birdie at the second while Reed settled for a par as the American’s advantage narrowed to one stroke.But the rollercoaster ride had only just begun as the third hole saw a two-shot swing back to Reed, who birdied the hole while McIlroy took a bogey to put both men back where they started.While Reed steadied himself McIlroy unraveled, taking bogeys at five and eight to drop into a pack that included Spaniard Jon Rahm and Fowler four back of the front-running Reed.McIlroy, who squandered a four-shot lead at Augusta National in 2011 by shooting a final round of 80, was out of the race by the turn and will have to wait another year for his chance to become the first European to complete the career grand slam.“Just wasn’t meant to be,” shrugged the Northern Irishman, after slumping to a final round two-over 74 to finish six shots back of the leader. “At least I put myself in the position. That’s all I wanted to do.“The last four years I’ve had top 10s but I haven’t been close enough to the lead. Today I got myself there.“I didn’t quite do enough. But, you know, come back again next year and try.”
England players are an easy target to poke fun at, but it also reflects the weak mentality of supporters ahead of this year’s World Cup, striker Harry Kane said.The 24-year-old Tottenham Hotspur forward was ridiculed on social media last month after his decision to appeal the awarding of a Tottenham goal at Stoke City to Christian Eriksen.Kane was then derided by the FA Cup’s twitter account in the wake of Spurs’ semi-final defeat by Manchester United, which manager Mauricio Pochettino said was “embarrassing”.“It is easier these days to maybe banter England players or take the mick out of England players, if we don’t do well in the World Cup it’s, ‘Oh we told you so’,” Kane told British media.“It’s maybe a weaker mentality, but it is what it is, as a team we are focused on what we need to do.“We have got to go with a mindset and a belief that we can win, we try and win everything we do and the World Cup is no different.Kane, who has scored 27 Premier League goals this season, is expected to play a key role in England’s World Cup campaign in June.Gareth Southgate’s men kick off their campaign against Tunisia in Volgograd on June 18. Panama and Belgium are their other two Group G opponents.
― as stakeholders renew call for urgent talksGovernment is being accused of deliberately ignoring immense public concerns as major stakeholders are forced to renew their call for an urgent meeting with leaders of the National Assembly before the 2017 National Budget’s imminent passage.Leader of the Opposition Bharrat Jagdeo and Opposition Chief Whip Gail Teixeira during a press conference on ThursdayChief trade union movements, the Guyana Trades Union Congress (GTUC) and the Federation of Independent Trade Unions of Guyana (FITUG), along with the Private Sector Commission (PSC), on Thursday reiterated their desire to discuss the worrying contents of the budget before it gets the House’s approval, after government failed to respond to its request.Consistent with Article 13 of the Guyana Constitution, the three bodies jointly dispatched letters to Prime Minister Moses Nagamootoo (Leader of the Government Business), Dr Barton Scotland (Speaker of the National Assembly) and Bharrat Jagdeo (Leader of the Opposition) regarding their request.“Efforts to date to have audience with Messrs Nagamootoo and Scotland have been unsuccessful. Mr Jagdeo has committed to meet with us, though it remains our desire to meet with the three collectively, consistent with their shared responsibility and constitutional roles in government, and more particularly the nation’s highest decision-making forum,” the organisations explained in a statement.The bodies strongly believe “deliberate efforts” are being made to avoid having the requested engagement on, “what is most evidently a matter of national importance that will impact on and carry consequences for our constituents.”The Budget Estimates are currently being deliberated in the National Assembly and the Budget 2017 will be subsequently passed but the stakeholders are hoping that Government grants them the forum to express their views.“Hope is held that in this new political dispensation, reiterated statements by President David Granger on his administration’s commitment to constitutional inclusionary democracy, that the Speaker and Leader of the Government Business who are elected by the group that he leads, will act in accordance. Similarly it is our view, which mirrors that of society that governance reflects the desire of the people which is in sync with the commitment made by the President,” the bodies stated.During a brief press conference on Thursday, Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo commented on the issue, surmising that Government’s refusal to meet with the bodies prove that they cannot defend their own budget.“The government is hiding from its own budget. It does not want to discuss its budget. That’s why you see all of this peripheral noise. From Jordan (Finance Minister), from Nagamootoo (Prime Minister), some of them came (during debates) and read their plans over the next five years without saying a word about the budget…no one has ever gone through the issue and told the people of this country why we are going to be taxing bread and flour at the same rates we are taxing chocolates,” he posited.Jagdeo pointed out too that the situation is quite extraordinary because for the first time in the country’s history, the two labour movements along with the PSC have unified their efforts in the interest of their constituents.The Opposition Leader asserted that this is not a matter to be treated lightly and lambasted the Government for ignoring the magnitude of the situation.Opposition Chief Whip Gail Teixeira also underscored the gravity of this development, describing it as a “phenomenally important political development”.“The Government is being hard ears. It doesn’t want to listen and it doesn’t want to budge. And if you had sat in the debates, you would know that the Government is oblivious to the calls of the people…this is a phenomenally important political development in terms of the coming together of these bodies to be able to say to a Government ‘no, you’re not doing the right thing. You are damaging this country. You are hurting the people, particularly the poor people,’ ” she expressed.Teixeira highlighted that the opposition voices in the country, political and nonpolitical, are “as loud we haven’t heard since 1985” – when the PNC ruled the country.
MONTEREY – Training her binoculars on a dark patch of seaweed swaying in the shallows, Gena Bentall gasped. After searching for sea otters all day, the research biologist had spotted one: a mother with a pup on her belly, a mauled face dripping blood and a male pursuer hot on her tail. Female sea otters often sport scars on their noses, the price of breeding with clumsy, sharp-toothed partners. But vicious injuries like this one are showing up with unusual frequency off the California coast, one of several signs leading marine scientists to suspect something is amiss in the kelp beds where the state’s beloved aquatic mammals make their homes. “This is one of the things that makes us think the sex ratio is skewed in an unhealthy way,” said Tim Tinker, another otter expert who joined Bentall in watching the wounded mother try to outswim her menacing attacker in a rocky cove near Monterey’s famed Cannery Row. The biologists have seen female otters – many nursing babies and incapable of getting pregnant – with their muzzles ripped off. Even young males have become targets of aggressive mating. The culprits are thought to be itinerant, adolescent otters invading the territories of males who typically jealousy guard their harems. Every spring and fall for the last quarter-century, teams of scientists have fanned out across 375 miles of California coastline to count southern sea otters, a threatened species that was hunted to near-extinction a century ago. The census is used to gauge whether the struggling population is rebounding or declining, with at least three years of similar results required to demonstrate a trend. The survey conducted last month brought welcome news following two years of drops – a solid 12 percent, or 334-otter increase that brought the number of adults and pups combined above 3,000 for the first time. For the California sea otter to be removed from the threatened species list, the count would have to average 3,090 or more over three years. Scientists greeted the figures with measured optimism, noting that unusually balmy and clear weather in early May provided good conditions for a process that is subject to the vagaries of human error and constrained by the limits of the human eye. More significantly, they note, the average population for the last three years stands at 2,818, a figure still far below the delisting criteria and a 2.4 percent improvement over the previous three-year benchmark. Combined with similarly sluggish growth rates since the mid-1990s, the data suggest the species is hanging on, but not bouncing back. “The fact is the population is not recovering, and we really don’t have a good explanation for why,” said Jim Estes, a veteran sea otter expert with the U.S. Geological Survey. Possibly an outgrowth of inbreeding, the disconcerting sexual behavior Tinker and Bentall observed last month isn’t killing California’s otters in disproportionate numbers, but may be a byproduct of something that is, according to Estes. Scientists are pretty sure elevated mortality rates among adult and young adult otters are responsible for the disappointing comeback, as opposed to low birth rates. Of particular concern is that survival rates for female otters have gone down since the 1980s while increasing for the more mobile males, Tinker said. “Reproductive-age females, the recovery for the population is entirely dependent on them,” he said. No one knows for sure why the otters are failing to thrive, although there are plenty of theories. Tests done on the carcasses of dead otters that wash ashore suggest they are succumbing to diseases that may be linked to water pollution damaging their immune systems. But scientists cannot know the cause of death for otters who never end up on land, so they can’t say whether disease or something else is the problem. Even so, any otter lost to contamination caused by humans is a cause for concern given their precarious numbers, Estes said. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
Ronaldinho and Lionel Messi each scored as FC Barcelona edged Athletic Bilbao 2-1 in the Spanish league to extend its record winning streak to 17 games. Barcelona has won 12 league games, three in the Champions League and two in the Copa del Rey since a 3-3 tie with Deportivo La Coruna on Oct. 15. The defending champions rallied after Fernando Llorente had given Bilbao an early lead at the Camp Nou stadium in Madrid. Ronaldinho equalized in the 38th minute with a penalty kick. It was the Brazilian’s 11th goal of the season, with five coming from penalties. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGift Box shows no rust in San Antonio Stakes win at Santa Anita Messi then scored the winner when he followed up to steer the ball home after Bilbao goalkeeper Inaki Lafuente had parried a volley by midfielder Mark van Bommel. Chelsea wins: Chelsea rallied to beat last-place Sunderland 2-1 in the English Premier League despite being reduced to 10 men when Arjen Robben was sent off for celebrating with fans after he scored the winning goal. Robben’s 70th-minute chip was deflected in the net by Sunderland defender Dean Whitehead. Robben then received his second yellow card for jumping over the advertisements lining the field to celebrate with fans in the stands. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
The name of the pilot has not been released. The pilot was not communicating with air traffic controllers at the time of the crash, Nelson said. It also wasn’t immediately clear where the plane had taken off or where it was heading, authorities said. Roseville is about 16 miles northeast of Sacramento.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! ROSEVILLE, Calif. – A single-engine plane that appeared to be performing an aerobatic stunt lost control and crashed into a home Sunday, killing at least one person aboard the aircraft and sparking a fire that gutted the house. The crash at 11:24 a.m. also set fire to two adjacent houses, said Bruce Nelson, an operations officer for the Federal Aviation Administration in Los Angeles. The plane left a gaping, smoldering hole in the two-story house it directly hit. The FAA reported two deaths, but fire and police officials at the scene said only one person – the pilot – was pronounced dead. The FAA also said two people were missing, but local authorities reported the houses were unoccupied. The plane appeared to be doing an aerobatic maneuver when it crashed, said Roseville Police spokeswoman Dee Dee Gunther. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECasino Insider: Here’s a look at San Manuel’s new high limit rooms, Asian restaurant “The pilot appeared to be coming down low for some kind of maneuver that brought him to within 500 feet of the rooftops,” she said. “And then he appeared to lose control and crashed into one of the houses.” Rick Wurster, who lives about a half mile from the crash, saw the plane attempting to make a figure eight. “He couldn’t pull up because he didn’t have enough altitude,” Wurster said. “I saw him do two spins and then go over the tree line. A second later, I heard two booms.” Peter Hugenroth, who lives nearby, was in his house when the plane went down. “There was a huge boom and instant fire,” he said. “By the time I got to the crash there was no sign of the plane. Everything was engulfed in flames.”