>I wish I can say "I have my highest keeper rate >ever" in the new year or sooner as you did, Mr. RRRoger. >Can you give us some pointers?<<<
First one is to remember that this is not a D4 nor was it supposed to compete with the ultimate Sports and Photo Journalism machine. So slow down, steady yourself, and wait for the camera to focus. If you do, you will be surprised has fast that actually is. I use AF-C, high shutter speed, and the AF-ON button and that helps too, especially with action shots.
The rest of the settings are pretty much personal and definitely would not suit everyone.