Days pose with Larry O'Brien trophy, avoid LeBron

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AKRON, Ohio – It’s been a pretty good summer for Ohio sports teams, and it’s a run that Jason Day hopes to continue this week at the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational.

The city of Cleveland recently celebrated its first championship in 52 years when the Cavaliers won the NBA title, and the Cleveland Indians are in the midst of a team-record 14-game winning streak.

Day makes his home in nearby Columbus, and he has his sights set on extending the wave of good fortune for those in the Buckeye State.

“The sports in this state are doing pretty well. If we could just pick up the Browns, that would be nice,” Day said after a second-round 69 that gave him a one-shot lead. “By the end of the week, I’m just going to keep grinding it out and see where it goes. I really want to win this tournament.”

The Larry O’Brien trophy awarded to the Cavaliers last month made an appearance at Firestone Friday afternoon, where players took turns posing for pictures alongside it.

Day even got into the action after completing his round, but he did keep an eye out for one of the game’s biggest stars after his wife, Ellie, was involved in a courtside collision at a Cavs game last year.

“I just took a photo with the NBA Finals trophy, and it was great,” he said. “Ellie took a photo with me, and LeBron James didn’t come and tackle us, so that was a neat thing.”