Take a look at the Konica Minolta Z3.
It has a 12X zoom with image stabilization.
It also has very little shutter lag, which is good for sports photos.
It also has "burst mode" which they call Continuous Advance. It lets you snap a series of shots with one long push of the shutter button.
I AM LOOKING FOR SOME IDEAS FOR A GOOD CAMERA FOR MY KIDS SPORTING EVENTS. I HAVE AN HP THAT TAKES WONDERFUL STILL PICTURES BUT NOT THE BEST ACTION SHOTS AND ESPECIALLY FAR AWAY ONES THEY COME OUT BLURRY AND SEEMS LIKE FARTHER AWAY THAN I AM ACTUALLY SEEING THEM. I NEED A DECENT ZOOM FOR THOSE FOOTBALL AND BASKETBALL EVENTS FROM THE STANDS ANY SUGGESTIONS WOULD BE GREATLY APPRECIATED. THANK YOU