It depends on your photography needs. I would personally recommend the Nikon D5200 as an 'advanced beginner's camera' and a good option for sports/action photography. It is lighter than the D7000 while having some of its best features. The D5200 has got excellent reviews in the short time since it was released.
I wrote an in-depth review on the Nikon D5200 dslr, including a comparison with other rivals and alternatives, as well as lens recommendations, based on actual user feedback. You can check it out at http://www.squidoo.com/D5200-nikon-dslr-price-and-review. I hope that helps you in your decision!